1686 Monacan Trail Road, Route 29 South
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Nothing makes me happier than a trip to a nursery or greenhouse during lunchtime. Actually, as of late, Philly cheese steaks make me pretty happy. So does a decaf vanilla latte - all fancy schmancy from a local coffee place. And chocolate! Hmmm. Chocolate.
Anyway . . .
Ahem, Eltzroth and Thompson Greenhouses. Located down 29 South aways. My favorite spot for bulbs and houseplants. So, I am particularly drawn to their wares during autumn.
They have a head-spinning selection of bulbs - including alliums, crocuses, ephemerals, irises, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths. You can just buy a few bulbs at a time, too. They supply small paper bags and the bulbs are offered - bulk-style - for the picking. So none of that 50-bulb commitment madness. Try out just a few this autumn. Sprinkle a few in an appealing spot.
I also dig their houseplant selection. They offer a lot of the hard-to-kill varieties. Which is what I need in my house and in my office. I have a wee bit of a black thumb with the indoor gardening ventures - but love having green stuff everywhere.
My victories: Snake plant, pothos, philodendron, spider plant. And - they offer these houseplants in several sizes. So, you can pick up a small pot of heart-leafed philodendron for $2 - to give it a whirl.
They were also selling beautiful Sago Palms - which are supposed to be very adaptable. That might be my birthday gift to myself. Weeeeee! Who says I don't live large? Large.
Off to find that Philly cheese steak. (Yeah. That's right. One more time. Large.)