Finally, I was able to visit Annie's Annuals - one of my favorite nurseries ( from a list of many, it may be number 1 for container plants). I hope you are seated, since you must prepare yourself for awesomeness!
Annie's Annuals is well known among the gardening geeks for offering plants found no where else ( nursery-wise). It's as if someone took your great grandfathers cold frames of pansy seedlings, and combined it with Kew Gardens, a plant explorer fresh back from China in 1900 ( and South American, and South Africa too), and then gave them a nursery where they could sell their discoveries.
Did I mention that they use now growth regulators ( virtually unheard-of in the nursery trade today) so that even these annuals will perform like crazy in your garden? Look - if you were like me, and wondered who would ever buy a nasturtium seedling via the internet, then all I can say is that you need to try it. Just once, and let me know. Last year, I ordered many Californian natives, as well as hard-to-germinate cold-weather annuals like Nemisia, and I soon discovered why people order these plants from Annie's - they were well branched, in 4 or 5 inch containers, (perfectly packed in a box, I must say) - I could never have raised such seedling, even in my cold greenhouse. Annie's is like having a private English gardener raising your fancy annuals ( and biennials and perennials) for you - it's my secret to growing many hard to grow plants like some poppies. Try them next year.
for unusual and well grown plants. You may have thought that Annie's Annuals primarily sold Californian natives and plants that perform well in western gardens, but many of the plants from Annie's make excellent Eastern plants for early spring or summer beds, exceptional salvias and late blooming annuals, and some tender greenhouse plants found no where else via mail order. I love Annie's, so here are a few pics to share from my trip there with the fabulous Garden Blogger Fling'ers.
|A glorious day color , fine plants and inspiration at Annie's Annuals in Richmond, CA.|
|Amazing what a white marker on a black nursery pot can look like! This works for me.|
Every region of the United States has its garden mecca, and for those of you who live in the Western part of the country, the specialty nursery known as Annie's Annuals comes as no surprise, but you might be surprised to know that many of the fine plants sold by Annie's are also sent to gardeners who collect and grow unusual or rare plant elsewhere in the Country, as many of the species are just impossible to find anywhere else. This past weekend, I was so fortunate to visit this fine nursery, to see Annie herself present a bit about what her nursery offer ( thanks for the shout out Annie!), and to speak a bit about what makes her place so special and different, but sadly, I never had a chance to catch up with her after the talk, which was part of this garden bloggers fling that I am attending this weekend in San Francisco.