So, do you live in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, or one of its nearby suburbs? Are you wanting something new for the garden or a container? Something nobody else in your neighborhood has?
My friend, do I ever have the nurseries for you. A friend of mine, Sharon B., who belongs to the Garden Writers Association and the Oklahoma Horticulture Society clued me in on a new-to-me nursery. If you have a chance, pack a lunch and go out there.
It’s Whispering Springs Greenhouse, at 12647 South 104th Street in Mustang, Oklahoma. I know, it’s way out in the country, but heck, no one can afford to own a large nursery in town anymore. David Yates, who owns it, gets his business via word of mouth, and finally the word got to me. He and his sister (I believe her name was Janice) create the most wonderful hanging baskets, and they have some very unique annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. I bought the new petunia, Pretty Much Picasso™. It is one of the Supertunias® which aren’t your momma’s petunias for sure. Here it is still blooming in Helen’s North Carolina garden in November. I also bought a pretty double Calibrochoa MiniFamous™ ‘Double Blush Pink’ (which won a 4.43 rating in the UGA plant trials), a trailing Lanai® peach verbena and some other things. Per Janice’s suggestion, I’m trying a new cherry tomato, ‘Sweetie’ which is supposed to have hardly any seeds. I also got two more ‘Cloud Nine’ eggplants. I can hear you laughing from here. I now have twelve. I think. Good thing I like eggplant.
While you’re out that way, you might also check out Bob Scott’s Nursery at 10116 W. Wilshire Blvd. in Yukon. Bob and his wife are known for hostas and daylilies, but they have so much more. He hybridizes Topguns daylilies which are vigorous dormants. Since they are hybridized in Oklahoma, they perform well here. I have several. My favorite is H. Topguns Lola Scott.
As long as we’re making road trips, you should also take a Friday or Saturday and visit Bustani Plant Farm owned by Steve and Ruth Owens. I’ve written about Bustani before. I got this sweet little cuphea there. Can you see the bat face (or mouse ears), hence the common name for many cupheas?
These nurseries are owned by local people, and I think we should try to support them any way we can especially when they carry such great plants.