Jessica Walliser
April 9, 2010


Photo by Jessica Walliser

Bleeding Heart.

Over the Easter weekend we visited my family in Eastern Pennsylvania.  Since one of my favorite nurseries—Esbenshade’s—is out that way, I lugged my mother, father, nieces and my son for a visit.

We spent three hours there on Good Friday and left with two cartloads of goodies.

In addition to purchasing some cool-season veggie transplants, I got three big bags of organic potting mix, some algae-relief for my pond, three new perennials (Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’, a beautiful blue Pulmonaria, and Pennsylvania Dutch Thyme—I wonder how it’s different from standard thyme?), five pounds of ‘All Blue’ potatoes, a handful of Oriental lily bulbs and a horseradish root.

We had a great time walking the aisles of the greenhouses enjoying the Easter flowers and checking out all the water plants.

There is something so relaxing to me about browsing through a place like Esbenshade’s; walking around, smelling the smells, reading the seed packets and thinking about all the possibilities.

I always seem to fall in love with a $200-glazed pot and some amazing shrub that isn’t technically hardy where I live.  I don’t buy them, of course (not because I don’t want to, but because I would blow my gardening budget in one afternoon), but I love to browse and gawk and dream about what my garden will be like when we win the lottery…

I have always had a true admiration for family-run nurseries, having worked in one for many years.  It’s a lot of work and there is no such thing as a vacation for these folks.  Places like it always make me smile cause I know that someone’s heart and soul walks out that door every time someone like me buys a plant.

What’s special about your favorite local nursery?

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