A friend and I visited one of my favorite garden centers in Orange County, Roger's Gardens, this week and the pickings were slim. The staff was busy sprucing things up and conducting inventory but the shelves were as bare as I've ever seen them.
|Herbs and edibles were prominently displayed|
|But succulents, previously given a large amount of shelf space, were relegated to a small area|
I checked out the demonstration bed near the front entrance. It was pretty but not particularly inspiring.
The most interesting display featured succulents in rusted metal planters reminiscent of Potted's City Planter.
|I liked the miniature garden displays in these planters a lot|
I almost never stroll the gift shop but I stopped in briefly on this visit.
|I liked the faux barnacle-encrusted pots and the embellished octopus and squid but they were all very pricey|
Plant selections were limited every place I visited in January so I guess the message is that January is just not the time to visit nurseries and garden centers. However, local plant inventory shortages haven't entirely stopped me. I received 2 orders of plants from one mail order nursery in January and 2 seed orders. I've got 2 more bulb orders outstanding, as well as 2 more plant orders due for delivery this month. There's always a way to scratch an itch. In any case, I hope all the local plant providers will boost up their stock up in February in preparation for spring.
The best part of this week's fruitless plant shopping expedition was a brief but pleasant exchange with the garden center's official greeter.
Best wishes for a pleasant weekend!
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