Well, the title says it all. I love plants and shopping. Pair those two things together and I am in heaven.
Back when I managed landscapes, I had a company credit card which allowed me to purchase to my heart’s content….okay not really, I did have to stay within my plant budget, but it was so nice to spend someone else’s money.
My most recent journey into the plant shopping occurred last week with my mother, Pastor Farmer of Double S Farms. She was purchasing some trees for their farm and wanted my assistance in selecting them. And so, we journeyed to a local nursery (not a big box store).
Now this particular nursery is not what I would call a native plant nursery, although they do carry many native plants. But they also sell tropical plants that thrive in our semi-tropical climate. You can see Gabriel coming up to help us to tag the trees we selected.
On our way to the tree section, we passed a mass of Bougainvilleas. It looked like a Bougainvillea forest.
Then we passed through the shaded area of the nursery where frost-tender tropical and shade-loving plants were kept.
Now, we were beginning to get into the tree section of the nursery.
You may have noticed that my pictures are taken from behind my mother and our helper, Gabriel. Well, put me anywhere with plants….a nursery, a garden, it doesn’t matter – I will always be lagging behind as I love to look, touch and take pictures of plants.
We passed the flowering Palo Verde trees….
We passed some Olive trees….
Did you know that the pollen of the Olive tree is highly allergenic? It’s true. Actually, because of this, you can only plant a certain variety of Olive tree in our area, called ‘Swan Hill’, that do not produce pollen and therefore do not produce any flowers.
The ‘Swan Hill’ cultivar was found in Australia years ago from a 30 year-old Olive tree that had never fruited. It is an interesting story and you can read more about it here.
Okay, back to our search for our tree. Well, I wish I could say that I had a great picture to show you of the Chilean Mesquite (Prosopis chilensis) tree we selected. But, it turns out that I was so busy helping to select the tree, I forgot to take pictures of it.
On our way out, I did take pictures of a bunch of Sago Palms (Cycas revoluta), which aren’t actually palms at all, they are cycads. They grow extremely well here, but must be protected from full sun or their fronds turn yellow from sunburn.
Well, we were at the end of our plant shopping journey, or so I thought….
As my mother was paying for the trees, I noticed one of the resident chickens.
Can you see her? She is poking around the base of this plant fountain.
**By the way, I think I would love to have a plant fountain someday 🙂
One of the employees noticed my interest in the chicken and motioned me over to the side of the building, where on a potting table, there was a large container. I looked inside and saw how busy the chicken had been….
Every afternoon, at about 4:00, she sits up there and lays another egg.
Now, the father, is no absentee father. He takes his job very seriously. He was keeping a keen eye on us until we left the nursery.
Well, I had a wonderful time, I just love visiting local nurseries.
We selected some beautiful trees and the new Mesquite tree will grow very quickly and will be quite large. Pastor Farmer envisions having an old tire swing being put up in the tree in a few years for the grandkids to play on.Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."