Since it is so cold and bleary all over the country I thought I would try to brighten up everyone's January. High Hand Nursery in Loomis, California is one of the most amazing nurseries in Northern California. I will probably do quite a few posts on this great nursery because over the last couple of years I have visited and taken photos there. I don't know the whole history of this nursery. But I have googled it and all I know is that it started as a fruit stand in 1901. It is by the railroad tracks and at one time I believe it was a fruit packing company. I will try to find out more for you on this great place.
This is the coy pond near the entrance of the nursery. I love this area. Sitting all around are big cushy seats with big pillowed seats and backs. You can just sit under the beautiful tree and people watch and enjoy the coy pond and listen to the water coming down the little water fall. It is very relaxing. When my Dad and I go to this nursery we have lunch and afterward Dad settles himself down in one of these seats while I wander all over the nursery taking photos. Oh yeah the conservatory is a huge green house with three sides of the greenhouse being made into large glass garage type doors. These can be opened in great weather and tables are placed outside to allow for more customers. In the winter or cooler evenings they are closed and it is very comfortable.
This is a photo looking into the Conservatory. It is really a beautiful place. You can see the sliding open doors in the back where the sun is shining through. I am also standing where one should be and there is another open one to my right. Behind me are two large brick and ceramic pizza ovens surrounded by a great counter and seating. You can sit and watch them make hand made pizza and people watch or check out the beautiful plants.
And Oh yeah they have some great succulents for sale and super displays like this one. They took this old rod iron bench and turned the seat into a great planter. Since this pic was taken I have gone back and it has spread out and is much filled in.
When you wander out to the garden you are taken into another world. It's not just groups of potted plants bunched together. It's like a mini jungle but organized. Grouping of plants that look wonderful together sometimes surrounding outstanding sculptures such as this one. It reminded me of "Midnight in the Garden of Good Evil". Great movie if you haven't seen it. So on Flickr this is what I named it.
Here is a shot of Rudbeckia that I took a while back. I know it's just one flower shot but I have a lot more to come. I promise, this is just a tease.
Talk to you soon and have a great week!