Since my early morning visit to Molbak’s was so fun I decided to end the day (after the Fling events wrapped up) with a visit to another favorite nursery of my past, Swansons. Unfortunately things have changed, gone is the charm. The old buildings that used to have so much character are replaced by steel and glass. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fine nursery, just not the one I remember. If given the chance I would have taken this stool home with me (chance meaning free!) Do you know about this plant, Morina longifolia, or Whorl Flower? Isn’t it crazy that those big drooping blooms come from these little spiky leaves? Ah, Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy)! I rarely see these in nurseries. Limonium latifolium (Sea Lavendar) the leaves are very cool, the blooms not so much. Astelia nivicoia 'Red Gem'…I recently bought one of these at Cistus. I love Astelia but since our winters turned colder haven’t been able to plant one in the ground. Sean Hogan (Cistus) has this one in his parking strip and it’s lived through the winters. Wish me luck… Love the green glass bamboo stuck in the Hakonechloa… And there is nothing like a big leafed Tetrapanax to set the mood. Yep…I would take this happy chair in orange or green… Manihot esculenta 'variegata' judging by the tag it’s from Rare Plant Research, good to know they’re selling as far north as Seattle! Those blooms! That foliage! Pineapple Guava may be going on my wish list. How can you not want the after effects of the Callistemon blooms in your garden? I love this sign: “Yucca! –make an excellent substitution for New Zealand Flax. They are very cold hardy and ridiculously drought tolerant.” In other words we are all mourning the fact that New Zealand Flax is no longer reliable for us here. Rhamnus 'Fine Line' Remember the Stachyurus salicifolia I feel in love with at Molbak’s here it is again…at Swansons! Twice in one day… And the last temptation of the day…Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold' (Edlerberry)…look at those cut leaves!!! So many plants…so little space!