Last Sunday, I drove to Norman, Oklahoma to pick up my Craigslist hutch soon to be potting bench.
I can't make a trip to Norman without visiting my most favorite garden center....ever...The Greenhouse.
This place is full of garden inspiration like you never see at one of the discount garden centers.
You'll find plants here that you'll never find at more common locations.
And the variety of pots, planters and statuary is mind boggling.
I'm only showing a bit of it here.
This koi pond lies in the shade of the biggest cottonwood tree I have ever seen.
Unusual statuary abounds
Koi the size of dachshunds swim below the surface of the pond.
A gentle waterfall at the opposite end of the pond provides a sparkling relaxing backdrop for the garden's beauty.
This is that huge cottonwood tree again.
The front shop carries gift items for the home and garden.
Loved these big cow paintings.
Fairy garden supplies are to be found here.
Another pond outside the back of the shop.
Just a small sampling of the large gurgling pots.
This vignette is in one of the many greenhouses.
It's full of tropicals now but earlier in the spring it was filled with rose bushes of every color.
Look how easily this patio was made. Just pavers laid on the ground and surrounded by potted plants.
I could do this.
I love this large fountain topped with petunias and encircled with boston ferns.
Another magical fountain.
a large flower filled urn
St. Francis statues
Chickens can be found underfoot.
This dear family was perfectly happy to have me chat with them and take their photo.
They acted like it was the most natural thing to happen.
Who says a pig doesn't belong in the garden?
There used to be a real live large pig living in one of the greenhouses.
Unfortunately, she died of old age and no longer is there.
But you'll find cats and all kinds of birds and chickens about.
There is usually a large dog in the gift shop.
Talavera pottery available
Down the garden path towards more greenhouses.
More of the pots available.
Love that wall color behind these pots.
Here we near the back greenhouse.
This greenhouse is loaded with annuals.
A large fan keeps the ferns cool in the back greenhouse.
I came home with one of these ferns. These ferns are perennials.
I'm hoping I have the one I bought a long time.
Rows and rows of all kinds of succulents. What a great resource!
I didn't know there was a place locally to find them in such quantity and variety.
Prices are good.
So many ferns everywhere and they are all so healthy.
At the big discount garden centers the ferns are all dying about now.
Not here...they are very green and happy.
Isn't this a fantastic nursery? I just had to share one of my favorite places with you.
It's a great place to find garden items that you cannot find anywhere else.
For that matter it's just a great place to spend an afternoon taking in the beauty.