One last look from our visit to this fabulous nursery.
The old weathered sign expresses the feel of this place.
A pot of Begonias next to an Agave.
They do a good job of just mixing in all sorts of plants.
Don’t know what this plant is. It looks tropical and is shaded by the tree. Lovely.
Roses everywhere. In the springtime, this is the place to come and smell the roses.
This section is playful.
The rabbit in the wheel barrel with plants spilling out of pots is delightful.
The plants with the purple flowers behind the scene look like Philippine Violets (Barleria cristata).
Wood Ferns, Philippine Violets, Cigar Plant: this breaks the rule that plants with the same watering needs should be planted together. Now I don’t feel so guilty for doing the same thing.
Mike Shoup, the owner of the nursery, presented some new roses that they now sell. Although the backbone of their business will always be antique roses, he says that producers are coming out with bushes that have some of the same characteristics of antique roses: such as fragrance, diverse forms, and hardiness.
I’m sure his presentation increased the sales that day. I know I couldn’t resist one of the new roses.
A Salvia Greggii with white flowers.
The purple grasses look like Napier (Pennisetum purpureum), which are perennials that will return in the spring in most of the state.
I don’t know what the purple flowers are, but this picture was taken to show the trellis behind them. Several different types of of trellises are scattered around the gardens. I think this one is made of bamboo.
This small dead tree is used to hold up a climbing vine.
Any ole stone statute can be used as an accent.
Even the public restrooms are in a unique building. The hedges on the left serve as a privacy fence for the usual line of women awaiting their turn.
Great use of large clay pots.
Succulents for sale are displayed on an old cart.
Antique Rose Emporium had its origin in selling rescued roses from cemeteries and old home sites. Now it is a wonderful garden with a very diverse display of plants and a joy to visit.
“Despite our many differences here in America and around the world, when we meet in the garden we find ourselves united in our love of nature, beauty, and the sheer awesomeness of life.” Old House Gardens