The skies were clear, the temperature was comfortably warm, and the garden center wasn't overly crowded on a weekday morning. As HB and I chatted about plants, one of garden center's unofficial greeters commanded our attention.
|A fountain just outside my shot on the left was splashing water on the red flowers of this Martha Washington geranium (Pelargonium), which the hummingbird used as a perch|
|He seemed to enjoy his light shower and paid no attention whatsoever to the 2 nearby bloggers who simultaneously raised their cameras for a rapid flurry of photos|
My main purpose was to check out the new display gardens Roger's had set up in advance of their spring celebration. There are 7 of these, although I missed the one focused on edibles.
|This is the Balcony Garden, designed as inspiration for people who don't have ground to plant in. It featured vertical planters constructed from pallets, a few edibles, and succulents.|
|The Bird & Butterfly Garden was perhaps the largest of the display gardens|
|The Flower Garden near the front entrance features ornamental pottery and flowers mainly in shades of blue and white|
|The foxgloves looked great with back lighting|
|The Modern Garden was planted with sculptural succulents|
|Although I love succulents, the colors used were a little too muted for my taste|
The display gardens weren't the only attractions.
|I'm not sure whether the circular metal structure shown on the left was intended as a bench or merely decoration. The Kokedama creation shown in close-up on the right (featuring what I think must be Colocasia, aka elephant ears) was huge!|
|As always, the garden center had a range of succulent containers|
However, in my opinion, the best displays were in the parking lot.
|This area featured Aloes in bloom, Sedum nussbaumerianum, and large specimens of Leucadendron 'Jester'|
|In addition to the Aloes, there were lots of blooming pincushion proteas (Leucospermum sp.)|
|I've noted that Leucospermums are becoming more widely available in prices that don't always require obtaining a second mortgage on your home and Roger's had a great selection|
Hoover Boo and I enjoyed a nice lunch and I came home with plants of course. I didn't take photos of my new acquisitions but they included: blue Freesias to replace the bulbs that bloomed in unintended shades orange and pink in my garden; a butterfly and California-friendly Scabiosa; Salvia 'Love & Wishes', a plant HB has had great success with; a 6-pack of California poppies to make up for the fact that none of my poppy seeds germinated this year; and 2 6-packs of Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) because I just can't help myself.
Best wishes for a beautiful Easter weekend.
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