Like Kids in a Candy Store

I had the pleasure of galavanting about in a favorite nursery with a very dear gardening friend today. Actually, gardening is only one thing of hundreds that we have in common. We spent a total of five hours together, having wonderful conversations, solving world problems, catching up with each other. Time went by quickly. Prior to today it had been three of four weeks since I’d been in a nursery. Way too long, especially for this time of year when it seems the whole world is bursting with color as it awakens from its winter slumber.

So there we were at Green Acres Nursery conversing and leisurely admiring it all, oohing and ahhing over the colors, the fragrances…well, everything. Here are some of the things that caught our eyes.

Tropical HibiscusIMG_8420Mallow
IMG_8426Summer Gold Japanese MapleIMG_8422Dogwood 
IMG_8417Evergreen Clematis, AvalancheIMG_8418DelphinumIMG_8433Coral BellsIMG_8434 ColumbinesIMG_8435DianthusIMG_8440Thunbergia will always remind me of a favorite nursery my sister and I used to go to when she lived in Huntington Beach. The fences at the charming nursery there were completely covered in this vine!IMG_8441PansyIMG_8442FuchiasIMG_8436IMG_8437PelargoniumIMG_8438I have a fondness for Coleus and plant them each spring in memory of my mother who loved them.IMG_8439Happy Hydrangeas. Mine are nowhere near ready to bloom.
IMG_8444HostasIMG_8445A year ago this rhododendron called Purple Gem caught my eye at a nursery; I bought three of them right then and there. Mine will probably be blooming in another few weeks. I hope they look as good as these!IMG_8447WisteriaIMG_8448It was so hard to resist taking one (or three!) of each home with us, but the two of us shopped with great restraint. I had a few things on my list and left with only those few things, knowing that I need to finish a few projects first before I delve into another. Browsing through nurseries is such a treat anytime, but this time of year especially. My kind of candy store!