Mall lighting makes it difficult to take photographs and many of the displays didn't warrant close examination anyway but I'll share a handful, as well as the central display created by a firm that constructs floats for our New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade each year.
|The Under the Sea display was created by Fiesta Parade Floats|
|This was my favorite display, called 'Green Attitude'. It was envisioned as a home office with a view into an adjacent garden.|
|This one was called 'The Secret Garden'|
|This one, featuring an outdoor bar, was called 'Taste of spring'|
|I liked the rustic succulent planter in this display called 'Meandering Time'|
|This one, featuring bar seating directly next to a humongous grill, was called 'Gather Round'. I liked the variegated Furcraea, the lines of which were softened by Acacia 'Cousin Itt' and ornamental grasses.|
There was also a display created with visitors in search of selfie opportunities in mind.
|I don't do selfies|
As I'd scheduled a lunch date with a friend and former co-worker several miles away, I had less time to shop the vendor stalls than I'd have liked.
|Lots of plants|
|Mark Muradian's pottery: I own a few of his pots and was sorely tempted to buy another on this visit|
At least the time limit kept my spending under control.
|I passed on the pots on this occasion but picked up Begonia 'Little Darling', an unidentified variegated Hoya, and these nutshells strung together to support Tillandsias|
I had a nice lunch catching up with my friend and then, since I was less than a mile from Roger's Gardens, I stopped there for a brief spin before heading to the freeway.
|Cool (if expensive) hanging planter near the entrance|
|This vertical garden area is updated regularly. Buddha holds court this Spring.|
|Views of 3 sides of the entry area demonstration garden, updated seasonally|
|This waterwise garden area was also updated since my last visit. I loved this iteration.|
|Russell hybrid lupines - so tempting but so short-lived in my climate|
|Two planted chairs, one featuring herbs and the other featuring succulents|
Although I spent no more than an hour at Roger's, I still managed to make a few purchases.
|My takeaways: Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail', Aeonium 'Fiesta', and Zinnia and Helianthus seeds|
For the record, I didn't buy any plants this week! After all, I still have several that still need planting.
Enjoy your weekend!
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