Our first stop was the new-to-me Village Nursery in Huntington Beach. It caters to landscapers but it's open to retail traffic as well. The sign at the front gate gave us a moment's pause.
The vine hanging over the cashier's office and the container section also seemed a trifle ominous.
|I meant to ask what this plant was before we left but I neglected to do so|
|I didn't notice the plants it seemed to swallow up, pots and all, until I looked at my photos on-line|
I decided I really didn't need any new pots and focused on the plants. The grounds weren't fancy but the nursery was well-stocked. All the major growers were represented.
|Monrovia had its own section right up front|
|As did Sunset|
|I became preoccupied with Coprosmas of all types for awhile but I eventually broke free of their spell (left to right: C. 'Marble King', C. 'Pina Colada' and C. 'Roy's Red')|
|There was a large selection of true Geraniums (in addition to Pelargoniums)|
There were plants I've never seen before.
|Like this dwarf Bougainvillea called 'Sunvillea Rose'|
And plants I'm still thinking about (for my fall planting scheme).
|I don't "need" more Agapanthus but look at that dark-flowered variety! (no ID)|
In an exercise of extreme restraint, I left with only two plants.
|A variegated Caryopteris (without a tag) and Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Crazy Blue'|
I'd like to say that I was as restrained when we arrived at Roger's Gardens but that would be untruthful. I did start off just taking photos.
|Succulent bed adjacent to the parking lot|
|A wonderful vertical display containing Acanthus, bromeliads, ferns and ivy|
|A collection of dahlias, including some of the huge "dinner-plate" varieties|
|Succulents in pots, baskets, drift wood and rock|
But look at all the succulents in 6-packs. No other garden center in my area provides such a range of inexpensive options.
So I got a cart. In addition to the 6-packs of succulents, I picked up some Salvias.
|Salvia 'Love & Wishes' and S. pachyphylla|
Poof! There went the gift card (and then some). I did leave some choice plants behind, though. Maybe they'll still be available this fall.
|Clockwise from the left: Raphiolepis indica 'Fiesta', Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga and Sanvitalia 'Sunbini'|
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.
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