|Entrance to Elwood Nursery|
Elwood Nursery sits in the middle of a small community business district. It has no website so I couldn't find any data on its history but I know its been part of that community for a long time. It's sandwiched in between an Mexican restaurant and a building containing various small businesses. As best as I can tell, it's family run. The same staff is present every time I've been there. The same dog is always sleeping by the cash register.
|A very well-behaved - and nonchalant - Japanese Akita|
The nursery isn't remotely fancy. No weekend seminars or speakers. No elaborate displays. Just a selection of plants, pots, and basic gardening supplies.
|There are bedding plants|
|An ample selection of roses|
The bedding plants are usually priced a little lower than the larger nurseries in the area. The succulents are also generally well-priced (when you can find a price posted). I haven't priced the roses but the shrubs seem to run a bit high. I checked out a Hydrangea 'Little Lime' on this trip and, although it came from the same grower as one of the same size at the closest store in the Armstrong Nursery chain, it cost $5 (13%) more. Maybe Elwood doesn't have the clout Armstrong has in negotiating wholesale prices or maybe the price simply reflects higher carrying costs.
Generally, my purchases have been limited to bedding plants. Elwood periodically has things I don't see at the larger nurseries. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything unusual among the bedding plants on this visit, although I admit that I was tempted by the Lisianthus.
But as I had no idea where I'd put them, I passed. I was also tempted by the healthy hanging plants on display.
|Ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum)|
But I didn't have a place for those either.
I ventured into the hothouse area at the back of the shop, which contained a wide range of mostly tropical plants. They were all in perfect condition and very well priced. I spent fifteen minutes considering selected plants before I got myself out of there.
|I stared at this croton for a good 5 minutes before I finally turned away|
Did I walk out with nothing? Those who've gone nursery shopping with me know that's a silly question. I left with the first plant I noticed when I walked in, a large Plectranthus ciliatus 'Troy's Gold'. It was offered as a hanging plant but it's going into a cauldron-shaped planter on my shaded side porch.
|Plectranthus ciliatus 'Troy's Gold'|
It wasn't a great buy but it spoke to me...