A mid-winter trip to Cistus Nursery is always a welcome diversion and as you probably figured out (if you read last Friday's post) I recently made a visit. Lila came a long too, as she enjoys a good nursery trip.
It was a dry afternoon, after a rainy morning, and everything looked fresh and smelled wonderful.
In fact I must admit (as I did in the title) that I felt a bit of spring fever stiring. It's a dangerous feeling to indulge this time of year (with several weeks of winter left), but it's always exciting when it hits.
This photo is a reminder I need to prune my Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Harmony’ hard, really get in there and expose those branches. I didn't do it last year and as a result it's a green blob right now. I want sexy, like this...
It was tempting to go into The Big Top first but instead I like to walk back up the drive and enter at the "front" of the nursery. Lila likes this route too because there's lots to smell.
Rejuvenating the Bamboo...
See, is it any wonder I felt a bit of spring fever?
Especially when I turned around after taking the above photo and BAM! Sunshine moment.
Well hello there beautiful Mahonia...
And Mr. A Ovatifolia.
I'm always happy to spot the tassels of a Garrya.
There was a hummingbird making good use of the Mahonia flowers. She didn't even seem to care about Lila, but I didn't manage a good photo.
Time to shop!
So deflated! (Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide')
Perfectly dreamy Astelia nivicola 'Red Gem'.
This felt like a summery scene...
Finally inside The Big Top, lots to love in here.
Aloe Safari Sunrise, just starting to open it's flowers.
There was a whole group of Opuntia that had been rooted by laying the pad on the soil, rather than sticking the end in the soil.
What did I buy? Nothing. I know! What was I thinking? There was a nice Bocconia frutescens I meant to buy (since I think I killed mine by letting it stay out in the cold). But I went back to the office to talk with Sean and forgot to come back up here and purchase it.
Oh well, there's always next time...
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