My first visit was on a chilly and drizzling day in April. But it was still the most productive and fun nursery visit I've experienced.
My Search for an Old Fragrant Rose
My search for new-to-me nurseries began with my purchase of my retirement home and land. With that land, and room to plant my own plants, I have realized how much I miss a rose bush that resided in my yard many, many years ago. I am searching for a very specific plant but since I'm not knowlegeable about roses, I'm having a hard time finding someone who can help me.
It goes something like this;
I'm looking for a rose bush... it had glossy, thick leaves. The flowers were about 2-3" across, deep crimson, and bloomed continuously through summer and into the fall. The buds looked like typical rosebuds, but the flowers opened and looked a lot like zinnias.
The smell was wonderful and I could smell it across the yard and into the house. It may have started with a "trunk" of sorts, but spread quickly with long canes. Oh yes, it was full of thorns.
Another bit of information is that I owned the house many years ago. The women who sold the house to me had been born there, and lived there into their 60s and 70s. The plants there had been planted many years prior to me owning the home.
Do you know what type of rose this may have been?I know, I know. Almost impossible to identify a plant with this description. (By the way, my last trip home to my home state, I swung by that old house and had planned to ask to take some cuttings. Alas, the rose bush is long gone). Folks at garden centers usually attempt to be kind and attentive, but then give me an answer that isn't very thoughtful. I can tell.
At Sun Nurseries, I quickly went through my spiel. Really, I wanted to just keep looking at rose plants and see if I can find something similar on my own.
|Rosa Hybrida "Golden Showers" Climbing Rose|
I will research the roses they have coming and continue to be hopeful that I'll find my fragrant, thorny red rose. In the meantime, I wandered around and adopted this sweet little rose.
Trees and Shrubs: Planning for The Shack
Currently, I live in an apartment and have a very small container garden on the balcony each year. But, I am excited to be able to plan "landscaping" for the land at my Shack. I am hoping to plant both beautiful and useful plants. I am not an organized gardener. I am currently wandering nurseries to see what is available and researching on the internet to be as informed as I can.
Sun Nurseries has every sort of tree and shrub I can imagine. And so many varieties of each. Outside of a Japaneese Maple, I am hoping to stay fairly close to plants that would be native to West Virginia (the location of my land).
I wish I could find information about how many acres of plants are on display at Sun Nurseries. The rows continued, often, for as far as I could see. I tried to remain focused on only the plants I may want to plant on my land and I wandered for hours looking at their endless selections of:
- Paw Paw
- Mountain laurel
Items for my Budget Balcony
I write elsewhere about my balcony and container gardening. My visit at Sun Nurseries was meant to remain focused on researching plants for my property. But I have to say that I did purchase a small mint plant that has been added to my balcony garden. I also made mental note of many plants and items that would be perfect for a container garden. Including wonderful small hen and chick or strawberry planters!
Wish List: Amazing Stone Items
|Stone Age Boulder Owls|
How to Find Sun Nurseries, Woodbine, Maryland
Their physical address is:
14790 Bushy Park Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
Phone: (410) 442-2090 * (301) 854-6107 * (310) 820-3000
Sun Nurseries on Facebook
Sun Nurseries, Inc Website
Summary of Reasons to Visit Sun Nurseries
- HUGE selections - many species of plants and trees & many varieties of the species
- Helpful staff - Not overbearing - they are willing to allow you to wander for hours. Knowledgeable - they are able to answer questions. Honest - I was talked out of a potential sale because it wasn't known to do well in my area.
- Prices are inline with prices at every other nursery I've visited. Frankly, as soon as I parked, everything was so attractive that I expected inflated prices. However, all of the plants that I've been pricing online and at local nurseries were similarly priced.
- Many gorgeous stone items
- A nice place to visit