After confronting overcast skies and unusually cool temperatures at the beach, we decided to take a trip inland to Rare Find Nursery, whose catalog we had drooled over many times. It only took a second to take in the beautifully organized rows of plants to realize that we had come to a magical place, if you enjoy seeing healthy and unsual plants. One of their specialties is the bog -- a common feature in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey -- which includes many varieties of pitcher plant and cranberry. Although not quite as unusual, this Montbretia "Lucifer" caught everyone's attention. They had approximately 40,000 different day lilies. I usually am not too impressed by lilies, but it's hard to ignore a parade. Rhododendrons are also a big specialty here; seeing all of these bushes made me want to come back in the spring. (It also made we wish we owned an acre or two, but that's a different question.) Everyone fell in love with this deciduous rhododendron ("prunofolium"), which doesn't bloom until late July and August. I resisted the impulse to adopt a redbud (cersis canadensis "merlot"), knowing that we had no room for it. The grounds were dotted with lovely specimen trees, such as this one, which I think is a kind of sumac (although feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). After being demoralized a few weeks ago by all the sad plants at Home Depot, it was great to see a thriving nursery where every plant seems to be valued.