Our first stop was Seaside Nursery. This is a no frills nursery focused on California-friendly plants. A large portion of the property is dedicated to demonstration gardens, segmented into sections focusing on California natives, succulents, South African plants, Mediterranean plants, Australian plants, and Asian plants.
California poppies dominated the native garden section.
|California poppies backed by Lupinus chamissionis|
|Dry creek bed and bridge leading to poppy field|
There was a lot in bloom in the succulent garden as well.
|An explosion of Aeonium|
The Asian section was subdued, as one might expect. The last time we visited the water lilies were in full bloom but we were too early for that this time.
|Creek with bamboo and thirsty Gunnera|
There were several metal goats munching on plants in front of the main nursery.
After we finished our rounds of the demonstration gardens, we toured the nursery area. My friend didn't buy anything. I didn't need anything but that seldom stops me from buying plants. Among other things, I picked up several succulents (all, sadly, unlabeled), a California native bush lupine (Lupinus chamissionis, shown backing the poppies in the 2nd picture of this post), and some coyote mint (Monardella villosa).
After a lunch break, we went on down the road to Island View Nursery. This nursery has changed its focus within the last couple of years. It formerly offered a wide range of both outdoor and indoor plants but the stock of landscape plants has been dramatically reduced and the open area previously used to display shrubs and perennials is now used to display stone. The nursery still has giant metal sculptures on display, though.
|Tyrannosaurus rex and baby|
|Camel and horse|
The nursery's focus now clearly appears to be on its indoor plant selections.
|Bromeliads and palms|
We stopped at Sperling Nursery in Calabasas on our way home, one of my favorite haunts. I didn't take any pictures there but I've posted some before, which you can see here. I really didn't need any more plants but I still picked up 2 succulents. Hey, I had a 20% off coupon I couldn't just let expire!