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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

If I Could Turn Back Time; Todd's Nursery

 
Todd's Nursery is not  far from where I live, about the same distance from my home as several other plant places that I frequent but because I don't pass it on a regular basis, I go far to seldom.   Everytime I go to Todd's I swear that my visits will be more regular as this is a wonderful place.  This fall, I visited because the nursery is just up the road from Scholz Pumpkin Patch that I posted about here.  For some reason I lost track of the pictues and didn't come across them until recently.  Please tell me that I'm not the only one this absent minded.  It was a beautiful warm and dry autumn day.  Remember that time just a couple of months ago?  Seems like forever.
There is a lot to see and do at Todd's  so plan on spending some time wandering around all the great plants and water features so numerous that they'll get their own post tomorrow.    


I love a parking lot that looks like this!


I was tempted by this beautiful phormium that greeted me as soon as I got out of my car.
And even more so when I realized that it would be 40% off but as I didn't have a space for it and didn't want to worry about it all winter, I left it.


Great color combination!  I wish I could keep blue sprce alive but they seem to resent being smothered by big leaves all summer with the expectation that with no light or air circulation for the summer, they'll look like these in the winter.  Oops.


Orange.  Remember orange?  Wasn't it grand?



If I ever had a bigger garden, a Sourwood tree (or grove) would be on my list!

 
Oh my, a yucca sale too! 
The combination of red and purple here is surprisingly yummy!
Why does this make me think of Scott at Rhone Street Gardens
A small part of the nice fern  selection.
Beautifully colored nursery stock always looks best with a large hill of mature firs and cedars behind it don't you think?


Peony foliage getting into the swing of things.


Here's part of the long creek/river that runs around the back part of the nursery.
These happy sepervivums are part of one of those newfangled green roof garden things.

Pretty cool huh?  Don't know how long the building willl remain standing but for now the roof is fun.
 
Lichen covered branches  glow when the winter rain revitalizes them and the low winter sun shines on them.  Winter sun seems like an oxymoron right now but I know that it will happen - sometime.  For five minutes. 

Interesting surprises like patches of these fresh looking glads are to be found all over the garden.

Glorious bark of a Prunus.
And another.  Gorgeous!

Labeled Japanese Black Pine, this little tree had wonderful and weird globs of cones.

Bananas were 75% off, what a deal!
Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil.   Somehow, these frogs still seem to be having a good time.

Whistful?  Sad? Tired of having most of her head covered with leaves?

Is that bamboo over there?  Why yes it is.  Todds was the first place that I saw a large grove of giant timber bamboo (vivax) years ago and fell in love.
Here's the site of the original grove that they keep  making smaller.  At one time you could walk through the grove  for quite a distance.

Never fear, there is still a lot of bamboo on the property!


And some for you to take home if you wish.

From Todd's website, it looks like the nursery is full of  Christmas trees right now.  I can't wait to go back in spring!

15 comments:

  1. That's a stunning nursery to visit! I'd like to grow some bananas and bamboos, but I can't.. snow..

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    1. Sorry about that pesky snow issue. However, snow makes your winter very bright. I sometimes miss living in a place where snow covers the ground for much of the winter.

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  2. I don't know why that photo makes you think of me ;-) Haha...love those grasses...I'd take them all home, if I could! I'm not really a big fan of Peonies, for the most part, but when I see them with color like that in the Autumn...I could almost be a believer. We have a neighbor with several that look just like that every Autumn...and they always stop me in my tracks.

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    1. It's all about the grass man. I like single peoneis in the garden or those huge very double fragrant bombs in a vase but the fall foliage is really the best thing about them - and the cool seed pods.

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  3. A favorite nursery, I was there in August while I was shopping for big trees. I am always so surprised that their parking lot is not jam-packed with cars. There's hardly anyone there when I go. It's a big nursery, and lots of fun to wander around in, as your post shows! I don't remember seeing that green roof. Thanks for posting your pics from your visit.

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    1. I love this nursery too but for some reason it doesn't register on my radar as often as some of the other nurseries in the area. I don't know why as I always find some great things there.

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  4. Reading the title of this post I was afraid another nursery had closed!

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    1. Heaven forbid! Nope just doing a little time travel.

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  5. Ditto as Loree but glad that wasn't the case! They have loads of very interesting plants and yes you ought to visit them more often :)

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    1. Thank you for this advice, I will definitely follow it.

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  6. There are few things as satisfying as wandering around a good independent nursery. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Always a pleasure to have you along, Jason.

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  7. I love getting a look at regional nurseries. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Denise! Your tours are pretty spectacular!

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  8. Looks gorgeous, absolutely stunning!

    -Keystone Contracting Corp.

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