Pilgrimage to Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina

I’ve been shopping online at Plant Delights Nursery for years and years.

Hands down my favorite nursery.

Eight weekends a year the nursery along with the display gardens know as Juniper Level Botanic Gardens are open to the public.  This weekend is one of those times.  So I seized the opportunity and MrPeachez and I scooted down to the Raleigh NC area for a visit.

We arrived yesterday promptly at 8am when they opened and spent 2 hours touring the gardens and then shopping the greenhouses.

Let me just say, it was amazing.

I had seen on their blog that the giant agave, Agave salmiana var. ferox x asperrima was blooming.  It was impressive to say the least.  Kev posed next to it for scale.  Click over to the blog for some amazing pictures of it.

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Plant Delights specializes in several types of plants, Agaves being one of those.

These potted agaves make me want to specialize in them as well.

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They have lots of alpine and desert plants and plantings. Love, love, love.

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Lots of agaves in the display gardens.

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Another specialty of the nursery are the VooDoo Lilies.  VooDoo lilies naturalize, just like daffodils and a lot of bulbs do, and they were everywhere in the gardens.

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Here is a clump of them.

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Who wouldn’t like to have a waterfall in their garden that you can walk under?

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It was spectacular.

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Lots of woodsy trails to explore.

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All the plants are marked and all are available to purchase.

The mail order catalog is extensive, but they told me that only about 40% of their inventory is in the catalog.  You have to visit in order to have access to their entire inventory.

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They have some gorgeous hardy hibiscus and the flowers are HUGE!

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It was super hot yesterday so I was glad to be there early in the day.  They did have some shady and cool spots to relax.

Another waterfall!

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So what came home with me?

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Some real lovelies.

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I’m so glad I made the trip.  I just wish I had bought more plants!

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