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Having a dandy good time

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When I moved to Houston after my time at Texas A&M University, I discovered wine tasting, wine & cheese parties, and Wine-of-the-Month clubs. It only took about a year to discover that I really was not a wine connoisseur.

With me, it’s white zinfandel, white zinfandel, and white zinfandel.

San Diego County has a few billion vineyards with wine tasting facilities. I have continued to resist trying wines again because I’m quite happy with my white zinfandel.

Recently, though, I was in Solana Beach in the Cedros Avenue Design District when I came across the Winery Queen. Looks like this:

Winery Queen

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The Winery Queen belongs to Carruth Cellars, An Urban Solana Beach Winery.  I did not go in since, as I said, I’m quite happy with my white zinfandel. I did like their Winery Queen, though. She looks like she’s have a dandy good time.

Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

There are times when it’s okay to be selfish!

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I’m a big fan of the smaller mom & pop nurseries. They tend to be more personal and have quite an interesting assortment of plants, garden ornaments, sculptures, and water fountains that the bigger nurseries don’t carry.

One of my favorite nurseries is Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, in the Cedros Avenue Design District.

Cedros Avenue Design District in Encinitas, California

Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens always has unique plants that I rarely find anywhere else, such as Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia sp.):

Aristolochia sp. (Dutchman's pipe)

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Other than the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, which really isn’t a plant nursery, Cedros Gardens is the only place in San Diego County that I’ve found various Proteas, Banksias, Grevilleas, and related plants for sale!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Their unique water fountains, and how many they have, are unparalleled:

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If you like to decorate your gardens with art and sculpture, they have plenty of that!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Here is a 1:18 video of Cedros Gardens:

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There is some of everything, and something for everyone, at Cedros Gardens! And who can possibly pass by knowing that they have their own basket cat?

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Stop by Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, California, and pick up something for your children, or your parents (great gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!), or your spouse…. Heck, be selfish and get something for yourself…. There are times when it’s okay to be selfish! I still have to recommend getting something for your family first, though, just to help keep peace in the world.

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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