While we were out and about yesterday we stopped by Summerwinds Nursery in Cupertino. Since I’ve been back in the South Bay, I’ve visited both this one, the Summerwinds in Campbell, and of course Yamagami’s. While Yamagami’s has a track record of unusual outdoor plants, the Cupertino Summerwinds has THE BEST selection of indoor plants – some of which I’ve not seen anywhere but online – and the prices are very reasonable. (Thumbs up to both their Houseplant Buyer AND the nurseries!)
- The Crocodile Fern (aka Microsorum musifolium) is something I’ve been on the lookout for since seeing one at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. Until yesterday I could only find them online. This was a real SCORE!!!
- Having recently lost a Bird’s Nest fern (My bad – don’t ever let them dry out.) I was looking for one this size to replace it.
- I had a beautiful Tillandsia xerographica but it died up north (A lot of things died up there…) and this one came at a great price.
- Baby Tears groundcover (aka Soleirolia soleirolii) is a staple in my houseplant pantry and I couldn’t find it anywhere up north. Another score!
- Finally, I absolutely love Selaginella mosses, but they can be tricky to keep alive. This one is hardier than most and at $2.99 I could afford to take a chance on it.
I was heartbroken that I had to leave my Epazote (“Emilio”) behind when I moved north. It died while I was gone. (It probably would’ve died up there, too.) Serendipity shone upon me when I happened upon a gallon-sized Epazote – the only one in the nursery. BIG SCORE!!! I rounded-out my purchases with a 4″ lemongrass. (One more plant that perished in Hootersville.)
I’m in heaven when I’m around cats and plants. BUYING plants brings that to a whole other level. Happy Happy Joy Joy.