As I was by myself, I took the time to check out the plant displays, starting with the ornamental grass and succulent garden that sits at the corner of the property along the street. I've visited several times since its installation, usually with friends, but we've never hiked up to the front of the property to check it out. With time to spare, I did so today.
|This display garden sits at the intersection of 2 very busy streets|
|A gazebo serves as the focal point|
|Ornamental grasses and succulents are the mainstays of this display|
|Tall pine trees bordering the nursery's property provide a backdrop|
|Drought tolerant Arctotis was used liberally to add color|
|The orange red of the Aloes, many of which are coming into bloom, echo the color of the Arctotis, as well as the foliage color of some of the succulents, like the Kalanchoe shown here|
|Succulents in baskets add interest to the gazebo|
Here's a look at some of the individual plants featured in the area:
On my way to and from the corner garden, I took note of the plants along the sidewalks and the parking lot as well.
|3 vignettes in the parking area|
There was plenty to see in the front entry of the nursery area as well.
The succulents on display in the sales areas also drew my attention.
While more well-stocked than the 3 garden centers I visited earlier, the plant stock at Roger's was more limited than usual, or so it seemed to me. Pots, prices discounted, occupied prime plant space.
I wondered if Rogers was clearing stock prior to taking annual inventory, or if the construction at the back of the property was squeezing the area available for plants.
Plant stock may be low simply because the nurseries and garden centers are planning for light traffic during the heavy rain expected to accompany El Nino. Despite the relatively light inventory of plants, I still managed to exhaust the credit available on my gift card and then some. Here's what I came home with:
But I'm still thinking of what I left behind.
|Echeveria agavoides 'Vashon' and Protea cynaroides 'Mini King'|
Maybe I'll get back next month. There's still a lot on my wish list to fill in the vacancies left as as a result of removing my remaining lawn this past fall. Planting what I've already bought is on hold for the time being anyway. The ground is too wet to plant now. It hasn't dried out from the rain we got earlier in the week, approximately 1.25 inches in my location. We got a tiny bit more late this afternoon (less than 1/10th of an inch) but next week should be mostly dry before the rains return (hopefully) the following week.
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