There is the ordinary and the extraordinary we are talking plant nurseries here and keen gardeners. The emphasis is on keen. If we could get points from Bunnings, we would have millions instead they have the millions and we have some plants.
This weekend though, we moved from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Yes, we went to Oxley Nursery in Oxley Nursery. See their website here.
It is a small and friendly nursery with heaps of experience, specialised plants and lots of kudos. Step out of line though and it puts you in your place quickly.
A notice proclaims "Trespassers will be Propagated".
Immediately this starts a whole stream of consciousness as to what I would be propagated as.
A cascading Monkey tail plant
We came to the nursery because we were told it had some extraordinary plants and as we walked in, I saw one - it's called a Monkey's Tail and apparently they are the thing to have at the moment. However, just next to the Monkey's Tail were some Rat Tails and my levels of concern as to what I may be propagated as are on the rise. It's an interesting thought and one which I would urge all of you readers to consider what you would be in the plant world. A prickly succulent - those words seem like an oxymoron - a fanciful fern, a vibrant heliconia or sweet-smelling lavender?
If undecided, I suggest a visit to the nursery for inspiration which comes in the form of many pots, some suspended, some grounded but all bearing curious plants you may want to come back as. For example, who could resist the Black Bat plant or the Cigar plant? How about the Chinese Money plant or a Hot Rio Nights Heliconia.
The delicacy of the flower
There are many lovely assistants there one approached me and asked if I needed any help. I immediately jumped at the opportunity and said yes, please - tell me about these strange plants that look like a couple of leaves stuck down in a little pot and I mean little with a great big sign on the pot saying only one per person or couple. Never have I come across "luxury items" in nurseries where we are rationed from buying more than our fair share. Bunnings would be bewildered by this approach.
He explained that these were shingle plants he talked about shingle roofs and took me to see one, a plant not a roof, which envelops itself around the trunk of a plant, one leaf overlapping the other, almost like a tapestry. It is a herbaceous creeping vine in the Arun family. They grow attaching themselves and overlapping in a pattern which is uniform and eye-catching. As it grows, it changes its leaf shape and produces large perforated leaves. Some of them are called Monstera and I now recognise that I have one in my garden so absolutely no need to buy one of these rarities.
I also realised that when I photographed a wall with what I thought was an exquisite plant climbing up it almost like a tapestry, it may well have been a type of shingle plant. Here it is isn't it beautiful ?I am sure most of us would walk straight past this and not give it a second glance but it is so delicate and intricate in its growth.
Fascinating stuff and opening up new realms of plant knowledge and enjoyment. So if you want a sexy plant experience, some plant luxury, that pampered plant, Oxley Nursery is the place to go.
You will enjoy the experience as everywhere you look, down by your feet, at eye level or up above you will see glorious greens in all manner of being, hanging baskets, shingle plants, monsteras, ferns, you name it they have it.