Friday, May 29, 2009

Kitten Update

The little kitties went to a wonderful rescue group that came out and picked them up along with two of the other kittens from the first litter. And on a really exciting note, we caught the mommy cat that has been having litters. Yes, it cost me about $80 but it was well worth every penny. She has been spayed, two shots, and two nights at the hospital. I just hope people will continue to remember the importance of being responsible pet owners. I can't even tell you how many cats and kittens we've rescued at Country Roads! But hey, if it makes a difference in finding them a good home it was well worth it.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

We also grow kittens...

In addition to having 'weird plants', we also apparently are the home to some organically grown kittens. We discovered these guys today hanging out in one of our planted areas, near the infamous 'gross green pond'. After several hours of trying, we caught two out of the three; the third one outsmarted us, but we are hoping to join him/her with the rest of the team tomorrow.

We grow kittens

Meanwhile, these two are living a sad life in an old animal cage with some lousy liquor store cat food, and would love to come home with you. Do it for Memorial Day! Stop by or call Country Roads (714.532.3041) to make one (or all!) yours, or for more info.

Friday, May 22, 2009

New plants

Check out all the new stuff we've gotten in over the last two weeks: a huge selection of herbs, veggies and scented geraniums, cool trees, even cooler succulents and sedums, and another order of unusual stuff from Annies Annuals! Stop by this Memorial Day weekend before we get cleaned out!


Sedum - super cool color!

Big Blue Sea Holly

Big Blue Sea Holly (Eryngium) - one of our favorites!


Gaillardia - blanket flower

Echeveria 'Afterglow'

Echeveria Afterglow and lavender make a perfect color combo, and actually have similar growing conditions. Instant garden design!

Sunflowers and Scented Geraniums

Sunflowers and scented geraniums

Johnnye Merle's Gardens

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Some of our new Annies Annuals!

As you probably know, one of our favorite growers is Oakland based Annies Annuals. We've been getting plants shipped down almost weekly this spring, and for good reason, as Annie's (and despite the name, it's annuals AND perennials!) grows some of the coolest stuff we have ever seen! We are proud to be one of only a handful of Orange County nurseries that carry their products. Below you'll find just a few of the very cool selections of Annie's products that we have available - we have more in stock, more on the way next week, and you can always place a special order as well!

Coreopsis stillmanii "Golden Fleece"

Coreopsis stillmanii "Golden Fleece" is one of our favorites right now. We love love LOVE coreposis in general, and this variety is awesome! It bears brilliant golden-yellow flowers 2” across on long stems, is 2’ tall, and is a good cut flower.

Gorteria diffusia "Beetle Daisy"

Gorteria diffusia "Beetle Daisy" is soooo cool. It gets it's name because it looks like it has a bug on the flower - it doesn't, rather, the flower has this unusual blue/black spotting. We are really into orange right now - don't ask, we just are! - and this plant fits our current obsession perfectly! Long blooming from June thru October, it bears bright orange daisies, some with two purply-black dots that look like eyes. Low and spreading, 4" x 15", it's drought tolerant and naturally grows in clay soil but does just as well in regular garden soil.

Phormium and Matthiola tricuspidata

Matthiola tricuspidata is another cool, unusual Annie's Annuals selection. Native to the Mediterranean coast, this night-scented member of the stock family bears striking, silvery-wavy, almost fern-shaped, deeply lobed leaves covered with a soft, white, fuzz. Growing to 2’ tall, it sent up spikes of pretty, single, four-petaled, lavender flowers with white centers. Does particularly well in coastal conditions.

Echium wildpretii "Tower of Jewels"

Echium wildpretii "Tower of Jewels" is awesome!!! Rosy-red flowers in huge, tapered, conical clusters up to a foot thick (!) and 6-10' tall. It spends its first year as an attractive silver-gray rosette and then spikes its second year in mid-late Spring - we swear we've seen it bloom it's first year though. When all the countless little flowers have faded, the plant dies, leaving behind lots of seedlings which will flower the next year. Does well in POOR TO DRY SOIL (not clay), good at the seacoast.

Annies Annuals

These featured plants are only a handful out of the dozens of cool Annie's we have in stock right now - come in and check more of them out for yourself, and be sure to email us with any special requests!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Who Needs Words, When You've Got Pictures!

Johnnye Merle's Gardens is seriously overflowing with plants. We are continuing to get deliveries each week of new plants. Check back often to see what's new and would look great in your own gardens! Below are a few photos of the gardens we all love so much, named after my mom, Johnnye Merle!

Stop by Johnnye Merle's and see what's new this week. You may be surprised at what you just might find!