I was feeling stir crazy and decided I "needed" a trip to a garden center this week. I remembered reading that Flora Grubb Gardens had taken over the former Marina Del Rey Garden Center I've frequented often over the past decade, so I decided to make that my destination. However, I didn't get out the door until almost two hours later and, even once I was on the road, I was ambivalent about taking the freeway. I chose to bypass the freeway but, as I headed in the direction of the coastal route I prefer when going to Marina Del Rey, I abruptly decided to put off the visit to Flora Grubb Gardens in favor of another garden center, Deep Roots, half the distance away in Manhattan Beach.
Located off a very busy boulevard, Deep Roots is smaller than the Marina garden center but it's anything but ordinary in terms of its plant offerings. In fact, I've purchased many Leucadendrons and Grevilleas there. Prior to the pandemic, I used to pass by its location on a frequent basis but a lot changed during and after the pandemic shutdown and, for a variety of reasons, I don't drive that way nearly as often as I used to. In fact, my records indicate I hadn't visited Deep Roots since early November 2021.
|I parked in the upper lot. These are views of the garden center from a stairway looking down at the garden center. The 2 areas in the foreground hold stock of California natives and other drought tolerant species adapted to our Mediterranean climate.
|They had Leucospermum 'California Sunshine' (shown here) as well as L. 'Rainbow' but I purchased the former earlier this year and the latter is too much like others I already have in color
Deep Roots always has a nice selection of smaller plants offering seasonal color.
|Lots of bright summer-ready flowers but nothing I had to have
Deep Roots often has interesting succulents.
I didn't shop the house plant section or the container collection but those areas often offer great options in both categories. As I was waiting to check out, I noted a collection of boxes designed to hold small plants, all of which had appropriately beach-y themes.
Here's what I took home:
I'll visit Deep Roots again, perhaps on my way home from Flora Grubbs Gardens when I eventually get there.
May Gray has been followed by June Gloom here. I've taken advantage of the cool temperatures to clean up after the early spring bloomers to ready the garden for summer flowers that appear ready to move in regardless of the prevailing temperatures.
As always, best wishes for a pleasant weekend.
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