Let’s just get something straight right away…I am NOT declaring summer “almost over” and I am NOT wishing the next 5 months away. Actually it’s quite the opposite; I stopped at Portland Nursery the other day on my way home because you just never know what you might find and it is always the right time to buy a plant July, August….doesn’t matter, there is no season to my plant lust.
So what should greet me upon entering the nursery? Well just a fine selection of palm trees! A comment that Louis made the other day came rushing back to me…”it's going to be the year of summer! NO WINTER!!!! ahahahaha!!! take that winter lovers! they can all buy Christmas palms this year”…uhm, Christmas Palms….there’s an idea. Last year I got all caught up in lusting after a Blue Atlas Cedar…a couple years back was the year of the Christmas Tree Fern, ya! A Christmas Palm seems just about right! But which one…this tall Chamaerops humilis ‘cerifera’ (Mediterranean fan palm, blue form…said the tag, but it doesn’t look very blue to me) is lovely, $499.99 though…
At what cost instant impact?
The crate would certainly be nicer in the living room than a black plastic pot. I wonder if it would fit through the door? I guess I won’t have to worry though, since it’s $999.99. I do love the long hair on the trunk. Perfect for tucking in a few Tillandsia!
Chamaerops humilis, $59.99…
Complete with a few funky leaves…
Butia capitata “Feather Palm - from High Plateau Brazil” $119.99…
“keep moist year round; not wet, in well drained soil; some protection needed below 15; to 15 ft in 20 years”…sounds like it’s a temperamental thing. Beautiful though…and those arching fronds would look so nice with ornaments hanging from them…
Trachycarpus fortunei, $59.99…a little small for true Christmas tree impact.
I am drawn over and over again to the small Trachycarpus wagnerianus, such perfect leaf shape!
Here’s a smaller Chamaerops humilis ‘cerifera’ for only $49.99
And what would look better next to a Christmas Tree Palm than a Tree Fern Monkey?
Whoa…shopping alert for you locals…30% off all annuals!
And you know what that includes? Colocasia and Alocasia!
I’ve definitely decided this is the one for me…it’s the blue leaves…so pretty.
Uhm…$199.99…that’s a little steep. Let’s see, it’s 20 weeks until Christmas…that’s just $9.99 a week!
I wonder if they have layaway?
Heck $199.99 is almost free compared to $1,599 for this bad boy!
Just cause I was there I decided to peek into the shade house, and what do you think I spied! Just happy Schefflera taiwaniana for $45! Of course my first instinct was to pick it up and run home with it (after paying first, of course). But instead I just took a few pictures.
I love that it’s got so much leaf variation.
I’ve been trying to find it a good home ever since that moment.
On my way back to the car (without my Christmas Tree Palm, in case you’re wondering) I spied this plant in one of their display containers.
Lupinus albifrons…my latest plant crush! (they had none for sale)