I visited 4 plant sellers up north a few weekends ago with a friend. Our first stop was Seaside Gardens Nursery in Carpinteria, which I've written about before. The weather was perfect for our visit. All the following photos were taken in Seaside's demonstration gardens.
|Courtyard with central fountain|
|The California poppies are blooming|
|as are the Echium|
|The Aloe are putting on their own spring show|
|Yellow Arctotis dominated this area|
I didn't take any pictures at our second stop, Island View Nursery, but I did take a few at our third, Gallup & Stribling Orchids. This orchid grower has a walk-in retail outlet on the grounds of its growing facility in Carpinteria. Their specialties were Cymbidiums and Phalaenopsis, both available at discounted prices.
|There were lots of Cymbidiums|
|Oncidium 'Sharry Baby,' which has flowers that smell like chocolate|
|This unlabeled orchid had a luscious scent that filled the entire greenhouse|
We swung by Sperling, my favorite nursery in Calabasas, on our way home. (You can see a prior post on this nursery here.) The first thing I noticed were the beautiful flowering trees that create a canopy over the nursery's perennial and annual offerings.
|I think the tree is Paulownia tomentosa, aka the Empress Tree|
|Close-up of flowers on the Empress Tree|
We arrived at Sperling near to closing time, which is probably a good thing as it limited the time available for shopping (and we'd already filled the back of my friend's car in Carpinteria). The garden was well-stocked for spring shoppers.
A week later, I traveled south on another plant-hunting expedition with a different friend. My friend has cleaned out the planters in front of her house, which she intends to replant with succulents. We spent 2 hours making plant selections at OC Succulents in Irvine. I covered this nursery in detail last November but I took very few pictures during this trip - I was too busy making selections of my own. I just planted a converted bird bath with some of my purchases.
|The centerpiece is Aloe deltoideodonto - I think the variety is 'Sparkler,' although it wasn't noted on the label. The smaller succulents include Oscularia deltoides, Senecio radicans and Kalanchoe 'Pink Butterflies.'|
Other purchases are still waiting to be planted.
|The giant Aeonium is A. canariense, aka Giant Velvet Rose|
As Irvine is relatively close to Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar (discussed in the greatest detail here), we had to stop by there before heading home.
|Digitalis and Osteospermum bordering the parking lot|
|Vertical garden in hanging plant pockets near the entrance|
|Assorted Japanese maples in pots|
|Itoh peonies in bloom (I've resolved not to buy another until I see if the one I bought last year blooms again)|
|A mass of Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame' - once hard to find, this plant is now everywhere I look|
I stopped taking pictures when I discovered a new shipment from Annie's Annuals & Perennials had just arrived at Rogers. The shipment was still sitting in a multi-layered cart when I started pulling out plants (most of which, of course, I had no obvious place to plant). I'll show those selections, as well as other recent travels, in future posts.