Here's what I found.
|Valley has a few of these fun potted topiaries sprinkled around the nursery.|
|During the growing season, this is the annual house, but right now it's full of perennials that can take winter cold|
|Like these Cyclamen coum|
|There were a couple of stand-out specimens of Dicksonia antarctica|
|A lovely hardy ginger|
|More winter jasmine -- I finally succumbed and bought one|
|Pretty Bellis perennis|
|An Erysimum/Wallflower called 'Winter Sorbet' with flowers that start orange and fade to pinkish-blue|
In reality, the pinkish flowers are a little more lilac blue than the picture captured. And they smell divine. I wonder how likely it is that next year they'll be blooming in January in my garden. I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure they'll be alive, but flowering in January? I bought two of them.
|Of course this time of year the nurseries are full of Hellebores|
After a quick tour to see what was out in the cold, I ventured into Valley's smallish heated houseplant greenhouse, to see what I could see. It's not big, but it's packed with goodies behind this colorful door!
|The left-hand side|
|The right-hand side|
In keeping with the decoration on the outside, the inside is playfully hung with stuffed monkeys as well.
|This fern growing in a hollowed-out lava rock was intriguing|
|Furry feet, just like a hobbit!|
|There's always a Tillandsia display too, but I can't remember seeing Spanish moss in other nurseries. I brought some home and hung it in the greenhouse|
|And colorful orchids, of course!|
|This three-headed Echeveria was the biggest I've seen|
|I loved the orange tips on this Aloe's teeth so much I bought one. It's called 'Christmas Carol' and the orange coloration seems to be a feature, as opposed to a response to stress.|
|Maybe next Christmas I'll just bring it into the house and decorate it!|
|Mangave 'Bloodspot' for $19.99 -- no sale discount, but I bought it anyway, this was the first time I've seen one, and there's no telling when I'll see one again|
|Huge Aloe plicatilis -- which isn't its proper Latin name anymore, but seriously, I'm not going to hunt the name down|
|This cool plant captured my attention -- it's called Chlorophytum 'Orange Flash' -- related to the spider plant, according to Google|
|I bought two!|
|One corner in the greenhouse is dominated by this Monstera with its enormous leaves|
|A Wardian case is tucked underneath|
|Have you ever tried Kokedama? Japanese moss balls? I have to admit, I'm intrigued by them|
|There are three or four of these pallet-style vertical planters lining the walls of the greenhouse|
|Just outside the barn where you go to pay is this colorful area full of treasures!|
|Digs Inside and Out is the only other place where I've seen these handmade octopus planters. Don't you love that turquoise one in front? I did too, so I bought it. Now if I can just figure out what to plant in it...|
And that's it for recent shopping sprees for me. My first plants of 2015.