It's always fun to visit the Cryptomeria japonica 'Christatas' This is one of those curiosity plants that I'd definitely have in my garden if only I had a lot more space. It's easy to see where the common name Cock's Comb Cryptomeria came from.
This one was talking to me but it's language was too cryptic for my understanding.
Wonder what this guy thinks about the whole thing?
Nothing says summer like beautiful and fragrant oriental lilies. There's something about the simple elegance of their shape that makes me love them. What do you think of the new doubles? They don't float my boat but some people think they're the bees knees.
Schefflera taiwaniana 'Yuan Shan'
Is the gnome stuck on that cactus? Do you suppose that he'll be covered in glochids when he approaches that cute-looking opuntia? I'm convinced that they can actually throw these!
Looking for answers to life's perplexing questions? Valley's got you covered!
Valley is a large garden center type of place a plant store rather than a nursery. (A nursery grows its own stock.) This place always carries a great selection of lots of plants and have had, from time to time, some pretty unusual offerings. Their house plant section is always a treat. I wasn't prepared for the big surprise of seeing many tables full of plants from San Marcos Growers!
Are those Leucadendrons lurking there? And Agonis flexuosa on the far left? (dark purple leaves with a minty smell!)
Why yes, yes they are and here's a table full of Grevilleas.
And, and, and, could that be a whole bunch of Calothamnus villosus or Silky Net Bush that tugged at my heart when I saw one in bloom at WeHop in the spring?
Oh yeah, baby! And it was also available in sweet one gallon pots but the plants themselves were almost as large as the ones in bigger pots.
Those Agaves 'Mr. Ripple' in two gallon pots were pretty reasonably priced but I have (forgive me Loree) too many Agaves already. And we'll be visiting here again soon.
Lastly, one of my favorite (they're all pretty fab.) members of the Araliacea, Trevesia palmate. The emerging leaves resemble little silver snowflakes, it's relatively easy and can take fairly low light conditions when it comes inside for the winter to be a houseplant.
What a spectacular surprise to find so many plants, unusual to see in our climate, in one visit. I'm so glad that Valley decided to take a chance with these exciting plants and I hope it's profitable for them so that they'll keep offering fun stuff like this!
Thanks, car, for taking us on this surprise visit!
My wish for you is that your every nursery visit will be filled with as many happy surprises as I experienced on this visit!