Sometimes you just have to spend at least part of your day off doing something fun. (You know, as opposed to all that other stuff you have to do…) I felt I hadn’t seen my pal Laura in a while, so on a last-minute whim, I suggested we take a little field trip to Xera – one of our fave local nurseries. It was a beautiful day (meaning; it wasn’t raining).
Orderly rows of greenhouses full of intriguing plants.
This is where the magic happens. I love the starry-eyed biomorphic quality of the Propagation House.
Hundreds and hundreds of seed trays…
Here’s Greg, showing us the seeds he started a couple of months ago. The mesh-covered lid is to keep resident mice away from the salad bar.
Moving up in the world! Here, Paul is transplanting the tiny seedlings into the larger plug trays. There are 72 plugs in each tray. To me, this would be a very Zen kind of job – one that you could lose yourself in. I could totally dig that.
Paul’s Dachshund Miles, the Guardian of the Greenhouse, is eyeing us suspiciously.
A lot of sniffing was needed to ensure that we were trustworthy…
…and that we weren’t going to encroach too much on his territory.
A real Adora-dog. Just look at that face!
Greg showed us around. I’m starting to understand why it’s called a nursery – it really is like caring for massive numbers of tiny, leafy babies.
Here is the misting bench. Greg told us that over the years, they have learned which cuttings do better in which conditions. I imagine that only a fraction of this can be learned in school, and that most of it has to be learned by experience – years and years of trial and error.
Just like regular babies in regular nurseries, all these babies have varying temperaments and dispositions.
Meta-panax starts. Now, where could I put one of those…?
Laura was full of good questions. I should have listened better, but I was too distracted with all the visual loveliness surrounding us.
Miles the Adora-dog, was of course also a major distractor. So irresistibly sweet…
Hey! Where are you going?
We spotted some interesting houseplants. Hey – wait a minute… Houseplants???
Yes, actually. Xera will be soon be offering a few select houseplants. How cool is that?
My favorite of the houseplants was this Seussian creature. So cool… I really liked its octopus tentacles.
To me, its curving forms echoed several other loop-di-loop things nearby. I enjoyed the curvaceous forms and sculptural juxtaposition of the watering hose and the electrical cord across the isle.
And that, my friends, concludes the Propagation House portion of our visit. The marvels we encountered outside will be the topic of another post. Stand by for more soon…