Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Burns, Oregon — population 2,788 — has a combo florist and nursery. Of course every small town needs a florist, but with a Safeway just up the street I figured they'd have that covered....
My surprise increased when I walked inside and felt like maybe I'd went through some strange wrinkle in space and ended up at Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas.
Not that I've actually been to the Magnolia Market but who can avoid the press that place has received? And of course Pam wrote about her visit last October.
How wonderful that something like this exists in Burns!
It got even more exciting when I stepped out into the nursery...
The helpful person working at the shop had mentioned the nursery was in transition to "harvest" and their plant stock was low due to the season. Still it had a couple of Portland-area nurseries I've visited recently beat.
This was just a part of their tree selection.
And there was a small veggie garden too!
The owner of 4B has an online business (here) selling the decorative wooden signs you saw around the store, at the beginning of this post. Those sales no doubt help them through the slow times at the retail shop.
I hadn't planned to visit any nurseries in Bend either (our last stop on the way home), but we arrived in town early in the afternoon, and even after taking time for a leisurely lunch at McMenamins Old St Francis School (Lila was welcome in their outdoor courtyard dining area), we still had a couple hours to kill before checking in to our hotel. As luck would have it there was a great bookstore nearby for Andrew to checkout, and a quick Google search gave me three nearby nurseries to chose from, I hit them all but only took photos at one.
Oh gosh, it's ornamental cabbage and kale time isn't it?
I haven't decided if I'll dabble this year or not.
Ah that's right, Bend is home to Steel Life...
I do love the Steel Life line, but gosh...for $224.95 put a little gravel topdressing on that folks! And maybe add another plant or two (not saying this is a Steel Life issue, I'm assuming it's the nursery's display). And what's up with that seashell?
More of the line was represented, but also a little shopworn.
Oh! What are those!?
Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)
"Scarlet gilia, or skyrocket, has been known to modern science since 1806, when western explorers Lewis and Clark collected the first specimen along the Lolo Trail in the mountains of northern Idaho" (from the U.S. Forest Service). The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center adds "Its beauty compensates for the faint skunky smell of its glandular foliage, responsible for the less complimentary name Skunk Flower." (they say foliage but I think they mean flower?)
I bought this one.
The nearby signage gave me laugh "knick-a-knick"...hmm, I suppose they mean Kinnikinnik? Aka Arctostaphylos uva-ursi.
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