You are, that’s who!

Hello, purple carrots, and happy Tuesday. Hope your work week is off to a smashing start. Unless, of course, smashing involves your boss breaking things. Then that would be bad, and I would feel sad for you. Fingers crossed that’s not the case!

I would like to acknowledge upfront that the following post may be super boring to people who live outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’m willing to take that risk for two main reasons. One, it’s important to me to build a database of my favorite plant nurseries around town so my fellow ‘burqueans can use that info. I love living in Albuquerque and I want to share knowledge with the other gardeners and plant lovers – this is a really easy forum to let me do that.

And two, I trust that gardeners will never pass up a chance to look at photos of glorious quantities of pretty plants.

A worthy bet? Let’s look at some pretty pictures, then decide, shall we?

Welcome to Rio Valley Greenhouses¹, in Albuquerque’s south valley. It’s like a slice of heaven.

This one of their growing greenhouses, they weren’t for sale. I just loved the undulating waves of green.

Yolanda let us wander around and take pictures. Everything was growing so obediently, I knew the plants had great caregivers.

Plants in containers, and to a lesser extent, garden plants, believe it or not, are a lot like puppies, kittens or babies. Someone has to take care of them or they’ll die. They’re all living breathing creatures, even if they all speak different languages.

As a plant lover, I love to see mastery at work. Excellence in the craft of plants, flowers, vegetables, trees. This nursery has it going on!

Is it just me, or do these little fellas look cheerful?

I would adopt them all if I could!

“Hello world!” says the blossom that will live exactly one day.

Local, local, local. We Americans be loving us some local right now. Go team New Mexico! Oooh, I really hope we win!

Oh, here’s something novel – clearly marked prices on a pretty sign. They earned my loyalty for that alone!

Thank you, Rio Vally Greenhouses for keeping the plants alive all these years, and for greening up Albuquerque. You’re plantastic! The nursery is located at 2000 Harzman Road, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 (505-242-4423).

Thanks also to Lauren for the tip, and to Rex for accompanying me. You’re both planterrific!

Thanks to all of you joining us here today. I’ll be back tomorrow with an ode to flowers on a new edition of The Plant Lady Chronicles. Until then, happy gardening!


¹ There seems to be a contradiction between the sign – which clearly says Rio Valley Nurseries – and the business card Yolanda gave me. Maybe one day  I’ll chase the back story, but for now, I just don’t care.