Since I was the only shopper I could wander without fear of bumping into anyone. Even when I was watching the sky, not where I was going...
Entering the nursery...
The plants almost looked like they were practicing their own version of social distancing.
Agave toumeyana var. bella
I was seriously tempted to buy this guy, Opuntia polyacantha var. utahensis 'Pioche'. I mean look at those spikes! Truth be told there was no way I was going to carry it around and I forgot to go back with a wagon and pick it up, maybe next time.
Magnolia laevifolia 'Largess', of which they had two sizes available. I'm not sure if these are two or five gallon...
But these are definitely one gallon...
Magnolia laevifolia for everyone!
Or perhaps Camellia japonica 'Scentsation' is more your style? The tag said the fragrance was sweet and slightly spicy. I couldn't pick it up.
There's been a lot of work going on along the north side of retail.
I haven't seen those trachycarpus for years.
The bamboo that remains is stunning.
On the other side of the retail area I remembered to check on one of my earliest Schefflera delavayi crushes. It's looking good.
And of course, more trachycarpus!
Sempervivum 'Mona Lisa'
Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red'
Moving into the Big Top...
Wow! These are fun.
Platycerium veitchii "one of the most interesting Platycerium, because it is a semi-desert species" (source)
There are lots of surprises at Cistus! Sanseveria too...
And mangaves, a lot of mangaves...
Mangave 'Sponge Paint' is a looker.
Agave schidigera 'Royal Flush'
And the perfect opportunity for one of my favorite Instagram hashtags: #fernsarethenewsucculents
Dyckia choristaminea. I had a pair of these last a couple of years planted in my garden. On the other hand I've had one in a container (protected over the winter) since 2011.
Agave filifera ssp. schidigera ‘White Stripe‘
Agave 'Cousin Itt'... okay not really, I made that up.
Back outside exploring the display garden. I've never been successful with beschorneria (the strappy green leaves at the base of the eucalyptus), so many people I know have been.
Wow! Kniphofia blooming in March!
Here's where we end this visit...but with a teaser for another post to come.
You see I also visited Sean and Preston at home (outside their home!) and explored the garden they're building at Rancho Cistus. Photos from the garden tour will be coming up in the next week or two.
In the mean time if you're hankering to make a Cistus Nursery online order they've updated their mail order list (here) and if you're in the Portland area they're available for order in advance and pick up. Visit their Facebook page for up to date info, here.
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