I was driving somewhat aimlessly around Sonoma County in search of a fall vineyard photo opp, and it was pretty clear that the light was bad and I should have gone out an hour or two earlier. We are expecting some weather next week, so I have hopes for next weekend . Nevertheless , it can be fun to motor around wine country back roads early Sunday morning before the tourist traffic commences, making note of potential photo spots for another day. By 9am was within a couple of miles of Sonoma Mission Gardens , a nursery I had not visited in a couple of years- besides I was at the end of a one week vacation and the awful truth was I had not visited a single garden center or bought a single plant . My god, how could this be ? What was I thinking ? And I had left home without my plant list. Never under any circumstances leave home without your plant list, for a garden center could be stumbled upon at any moment.
It had been so long since I'd visited this particular nursery, I had forgotten about the hanging basket and container arrangements that they create. As you can see, they are a little pricey, but they are all in nice containers and jammed with plants of generous size.
You even get a few extra containers in the red wagon-these both had sold signs.
Another wheelbarrow -this time with some character rocks.
Sonoma Mission Gardens is in the Valley of the Moon , at 851 Craig Ave on the outskirts of Sonoma. Even though it's the end of October they have nice selection of plants, annuals perennials grasses and a large assortment of ferns and shade plants in a well maintained nursery .