Gardening

A four-nursery day

Yesterday I went to four nurseries. I wasn’t really trying to find anything in particular, but there were two I wanted to check out and two favorites that I needed to visit. I started out with estate sales, which had fancy antique store prices. [Dear estate sale people: if you are trying to get rid of stuff, you are going to have to price it better than the fancy antique store. Otherwise, I’ll cut out all this running around and just go to Room Service which has better stuff at better prices.]

I started out the nursery binge at Emerald Garden, which specializes in pond plants. They also had a lot of fountains for sale. I am in the market for a fountain, but I managed not to buy one. If I ever get a pond (it will probably have to be in the front yard for dog reasons), I will definitely make a trip back here for plants. Here is their pond plant area.
Emerald Gardens

I was on my way out 71, and I couldn’t resist the pull of the Natural Gardener. It is the gold standard of Austin nurseries. If I could live there, I would. They have the best demonstration gardens and the best plant selection. And chickens and donkeys. I love looking at the pots they have scattered around; I copied several of their ideas today. In the butterfly garden, there was the sweetest container with eucalyptus and a few little other things; I made an attempt to copy it. Anyway, the butterfly garden also had this big fat caterpillar.
Natural Gardener

And the demonstration gardens were looking amazing.
Natural Gardener

I brought home quite a few herbs, some variegated potato vine, Rajun Cajun ruellia, and a crazy Dr. Seuss plant called Peperomia ferreyrae.

I then headed over to Living Desert nursery, which Pam had photographed beautifully and reviewed. It was super-cool. There are some amazing plants in the greenhouse, and I love the piles of glass. I brought home three of the hanging glass pieces, a hen-and-chicks, and some mystery succulent that is even more Dr. Seuss than the Peperomia.
Mystery succulent from Dr. Seuss's world

The sun and heat were pretty intense, but I had to stop at Barton Springs Nursery on the way home for a couple of reasons: to check out their sales, which are always good, and to get my hands on some cypress vine. They had it growing on their arbor last year and it was gorgeous; I’ve been waiting for it to come in this year.  I picked up some more herbs, a really cute t-shirt, and my eucalyptus here. They also had dwarf pomegranates on sale, but I resisted since I don’t really have a spot for one yet. They are on the list for future plantings.

4 Comments

  1. Pam/Digging

    May 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Ooh, what a fun day you had. I’m glad you enjoyed the Living Desert. I haven’t been to Natural Gardener since they finished their stream, and I need to get out there. And I love BSN’s T-shirt too.

    FYI, I much prefer Hill Country Water Gardens to Emerald Gardens. It’s a drive–up in Cedar Park–but worth the toll.

    1. Sue

      May 12, 2009 at 10:02 pm

      This is my first time to use the reply function! Exciting.

      I have been meaning to go to Hill Country Water Gardens for a long time. That is next on the nursery list!

  2. dixie

    May 11, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hey, I was at the Natural Gardener on Saturday too! I also strolled through the butterfly garden to see if I could get more ideas. Then I bought some stuff and managed to get it all in the ground in the same weekend.

    It sounds like you got lots of cool stuff! We should go to nurseries together sometime because Clint really does not enjoy it but I drag him along anyway.

    1. Sue

      May 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm

      I do the same to Brian. At least NG has the chickens to look at! But yes, I would love to have a willing nursery companion. I’ll let you know next time I plan a trip… maybe to the one in Cedar Park that Pam mentioned?

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