Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Got to Go to GROW

Now say that title 5 times fast.  LOL  Just messing with you.

I have another go to destination for you!  It's called GROW and it's located in Cambria, CA.
I have been waiting and waiting to visit this cool nursery.  I finally got my chance the beginning of this month while on vacation to the Morro Bay area.  I was giddy with excitement and was not disappointed in what I found.

GROW is tucked behind some cute little shops on the main street of Cambria, CA.  It has some really rare and unusual succulents, lots of Tillandsia and delicious hand made pots by well known potters in California.  They also had some cool mineral specimens and my much sought after slag glass. I use slag glass to decorate pots and my garden area.   Needless to say we brought two cars on our trip.  My ulterior motive being to bring home plants, pots and glass!  Moohahaha!

Let's take a look!


The entrance was chock full of goodies.  I haven't shown you yet but there was a lot of cool stuff before I saw this outside.


I found this Montrose San Pedro cereus outside.  Snapped that baby right up.  I grow them well and can't wait to see it monstrose.


This old truck surround by succulent beauty and pointing the way was in the courtyard outside the nursery.


All I could saw was WOW at this Tillandsia!


A great variety of rare Sanseveria and Hoya were inside.  These gorgeous pots are made by Esther Studios.  I would love to have one for my collection.  I had to pass though since I wanted a few rare plants.  Tucked inside these beautiful pots were wonderful plants of all kinds to give you an idea what filled pots would look like.


More great pots!  Mark Muradian on the top.  Mike Cone makes the ones on the bottom!


Another amazingly cool Tillandsia growing in a bunch.  Most of the plantlets were blooming!

Now it was time to walk outside and see more of everything!  So out the backdoor I walked..... into Wonderland!


Isn't this a sight to behold.  In my imagination the tractor stopped working and was abandoned.  Over the years the succulents just took it over and made it a work of art!


Even the side yard had cool stuff.  And whoever decorated is awesome!  Left side!


Right side.  Too hot for me to grow those pretty bromeliads outside in Roseville/Sacramento, CA.


Even this cool Abromeltiella brevifolia needs some shade as you can see.  This one must be very old and has enveloped the pot!


This will give you a good idea how big it was!


I love how the place was decorated.  Cool old signs, wagon wheels and this old car hood stood out.  But the succulents were the stars!


Isn't this metal piece of art cool?!  And against the corrugated steel it pops out.


Stan the man helping with photography!


More fantastic pottery outside.  A whole bunch by our own Keith Kitoi Taylor!  Click on the link to see some to buy!


Love those Firesticks, so red!  And look at the slag glass!  It was everywhere in lots of colors!


.This Agave Cornelius really caught my eye!  Love those teeth!  The imprint marks in the green from next leaf look really artsy!


Here are a few things I came home with!  So exciting!  Diana Moulds from Phoenix AZ makes these cool pots with tentacles!  I have always wanted one.


A variegated Hoya with heart shaped leaves!   EEEEEE!


And last but not least, my long sought after slag glass!

So I wish I had been able to meet one of the two Nick's that own GROW.  And if Jan had been there I would have been over the Moon.  But Brandon was very, very helpful and knowledgeable.  They actually have another location called Left Field.  It is located in San Luis Obispo.  But alas my travels did not take me there.  Maybe next time.

They are open from 10 to 5 every day.  So go pay a visit to GROW!  You will love it!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


As Leo said...

Nice post! Thank you for sharing :)

weeder said...

The cool pots that look like octopuses are by Diana Moulds. I've been wanting one for months now. LOL Great post! Thank you!

Spiky Obsession said...

What a cool place, love all the planting. That Abromeltiella brevifolia is amazing.
Apart fro all the plants there is serious pot envy as well. we really need somewhere in the Uk that sells hand made pots.

danger garden said...

One of those places I hope to visit someday, thanks for the tour!

Maria said...

What a cool shop! I would love to spend hours in there just admiring everything. I will have to visit next time I am down south. :)

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

You can definitely spend hours in there for sure! They have another location in San Luis Obispo. It's called Left Field. Next time I will pay it a visit.

Pam/Digging said...

What an exciting place! I have an Esther pot, a Mike Cone pot, and a squid planter, and in fact I just sent my sister a squid planter for her birthday. They are so fun! I wish we could find ANY of those pottery lines here in Austin. I rely on my travels and Potted's online catalog for my sources. :-)

gwenniesgarden said...

what a lovely post !!

Marla B., aka "Queen Bee" said...

What gorgeous succulents and photos of them! So creative. Alas, I am in NW Ohio, but have some succulent buddies living indoors (in pots, mind you) who move outside on our deck during the warmer months. Recently, we've had such totally unpredictable weather I'm a bit nervous about moving them. We'll see.

I have just found your blog, and love it. So colorful and creative! I do hope you are able to continue!
Best gardening to you!

Marla B