Although there is snow falling on this first day of May, we made our annual pilgrimage to Gardenland in Clarkson, NE (retail store of Blue Bird Nursery.)  Luckily it’s only 25 miles from where we live.

It was somehow even more enjoyable than the usual thrill of our first trip to the nursery. We were in the warm, sweet-smelling greenhouses while hearing the snow and rain and ice come down outside.  It was a good day to shop and dream since we couldn’t do much in the gardens.

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This is our favorite place to buy the tender perennial herbs and colorful annual flowers we replace each year.  On the list for this trip – Rosemary, Lemon Verbena, Pineapple Sage, Marjoram and Lemon Grass along with some petunias for the front porch windowbox and Impatiens for the woods.

They have a row of herbs that takes up the entire wall length of 100 feet.  The view is incredible – take a deep, calming breath and then it’s time to shop.

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There was a new-to-me variety of Pineapple Sage called “Golden” that we decided to try this year.  A few of the regular Pineapple Sage were showing off their delightful blooms.

Pineapple Sage blooming and Golden Pineapple Sage in the background

Pineapple Sage blooming and Golden Pineapple Sage in the background

It’s the variety that is so amazing at Gardenland.  There are 22 different kinds of Thyme! This photo is of just a few of them.

Thyme display at Gardenland

Thyme display at Gardenland

The succulent table looks like something out of a science fiction novel.  They draw us in with their curiously magical shapes and sizes.  We started a few last year that overwintered and have almost outgrown their container, plus made a few “babies” to transplant.  They’re fun and easy plants to grow and add a touch whimsical interest to garden sitting areas.

The succulent table at Gardenland,

The succulent table at Gardenland

These showy foliage plants have no medicinal value (of which we’re aware) except for the way they make you feel when you see their beauty.  The photos do not do their dazzle justice.

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Happy May Day!

 

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