We had one fabulous Saturday two weeks ago with Nancy G & Carol traveling to just a few favorite garden nurseries to complete the wish lists for garden/deck plants. WHY in Mid-May? Some wholesale favorites CLOSE to the public for the season about June 1, and the last couple May weekends, EVERYTHING goes on big sales. We loaded up our cars for little money.
Our first stop, is a favorite of mine: Bauman Farms.
This fun place is open through the summer, because of their retail produce store, deli, ice cream cones, yes! But they sure do throw a great plant sale in May. They have lots of veggies for Mark! Nice, healthy, plants…… Gervais, Oregon….the heart of Oregon nursery country.
Just a couple miles from Bauman’s is Fessler’s.
This place is usually only wholesale (mammoth greenhouses), but opens to the public from March to June 1…. So, we joined the crowds scouting out favorites for the deck and yard. This place is almost all flowers/shrubs.
From here, Carol returned to Portland while Nancy rode with us up to near Oregon City to show us the Rare Plant Research Specialty Nursery . Ahem! THIS is only open a couple times a year to the public, most of their business is done online. You’ll see VERY rare plants here, some expensive, some not so much. This one is:
The REAL showplace here was the amazing home this guy is slowly building above the nursery, mostly from recycled materials….and here’s a couple photos showing that….
On the lovely trail (to the right), a pair of Killdeer parents were so very upset trying to draw people away….they have laid their eggs ON the trail, NO nesting material. It was amazing, you would never have known the nest was there……beautiful:
So, finally, we were hungry, and tired of plant “research” (and the car was full). We began looking for a place to eat, and simply by chance, happened to notice La Famiglia . . . . where we had a pretty fabulous lunch, and a fantastic pizza. THAT restaurant is getting into the address book.
This was simply Another memorable day with fabulous friends. Thanks, Nancy & Carol. Finally back at home, we unloaded the plants, Mark set up the little cold frame, got a couple starts into the ground with a water/wall around it, Rodger got some deck pots and plants ready……..and we retired to the couch for a tired evening.
postscript: Isn’t one of the bright spots of any year, the day you spot your first batch of baby ducks? We did that with Nancy M the week before THIS trip….the pic has been reduced for this post, and I hope you CAN even see the little cuties. Ducks ARE SO cute when they’re little: