Friday, June 21, 2013

More from my nursery stops in Washington...

Yesterday I shared the Schefflera highlights from my nursery stops en-route back from Seattle, but there were other things worth noting. First stop City People’s Garden Store on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got a soft spot for this nursery, and they just keep on earning it every time I visit! Rodgersia podophylla ‘Bronze Form’…

Sambucus R. ‘Black Tower,’ not a great photo but it was a beautiful plant…

And I’m still regretting the fact I let a little thing like no space keep me from grabbing this Blue Shadow Fothergilla. I’ve never understood the attraction but this particular plant was gorgeous!!!

This one was easier to just grab and think later about where to plant it, ‘Banana Boat’ Sedge…

After all how could I refuse a plant whose sign was complete with fun drawings?

Pacific Northwest style...

Leptospermum lanigerum, cold hardy Wooly Tea Tree from Xera.

That darn black Daphne again, I still haven't bought one.

The shade area...

Oh I like this little hebe...

Miller Garden! I guess I better grab one.

They had just gotten a shippment of Sarracenia and I really wanted to grab them all!

Until I looked closer...

Their little Martian-heads kind of gave me the shivers.

Pretty flowers though...

On to Furney's, this place was huge and very busy...

Glad to see they are okay with the spiky side of life.

I've been trying to tell myself these (variegated snapdragon I think? variegated yellow wallflower, thanks Max) would be a great, hardy, substitute for Echium candicans 'Pride of Madeira' but so far I haven't managed to believe myself.

Palm alley.

Miles and miles of shrubs...

Branded shop within the shop.

Equisetum scirpoides

Albizia julibrissin 'Boubri'

With blooms!

Guess where I am now? Doesn't the name sound like an amusement park? The font helps to support that notion.

Huge tree ferns! They could be yours for only $229.99

This is the first year in awhile that I haven't had a Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' in the garden.

I was tempted, but resisted.

Lot's of blue skies, I had a very nice day, weather-wise, for nursery hopping and driving home from Seattle.

Forget the grass, I want those cement blocks! Do you think if I offered to buy them new ones they'd give me these?

More tropical temptations.

That's all folks! It was time to get home to Andrew and Lila...

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34 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

    I think the "snapdragon" plant may actually be a variegated yellow wallflower, and there is no substitute for an Echium!! Live dangerously, garden on the edge (of your zone)!
    -Max P.

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    1. Thanks for the correction Max (I knew the flowers didn't look right but I had snapdragon stuck in my head!). And of course you're right...

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  2. OMG! That Banana Boat Sedge has me wanting to jump in my car and get one right now! Gorgeous! Fun nursery visits!

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    1. Have you been to City Peoples? You should go!

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  3. I did get one of those Aloe 'fire ranch' ..$7.99 ..not bad . Sitting at the base of my Acacia

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    1. Indeed! If I didn't already have 2 of them I would have grabbed one as well.

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  4. I'm so amused that my reaction to this post was exactly the same as Peter's. I'd be very tempted to grab that Sambucus too...no idea where it would go, but I like it. Still giggling over the Martian heads too.

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    1. I see a field trip for the both of you. Maybe you're there right now as I type?

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  5. I agree with Outlawgardener, that Banana Boat sedge is awesome! Also, Black leaved Daphne is on the list too!

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    1. I should have bought them all and resold them via this post for twice as much!

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  6. What a fun shop City People's Nursery looks to be! I swooned over that Fothergilla, but like you, I'm letting that little thing called "no space" keep me from buying one (why doesn't someone hybridize a 2'x 2' version already?) At Furney's, what the heck is that black daphne?? The Albizia julibrissin is gorgeous - I'm SO tempted by that tree. And please feel free to come visit my new Ensete if you miss yours from last year too much...

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    1. You know oddly I'm not missing the ensete, seeing theirs was the only moment I even thought of it. I've had one every year for as long as I can remember (some years the same one wintered over) and perhaps I got it out of my system? (and the Daphne is Daphne x houtteana as Bridget mentions below)

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  7. Is "no room" an actual reason not to buy a plant that tickles your fancy? I think not. Equisetum scirpoides is *awesome* -- a tiny version of Equisetum hyemale. I'd have grabbed the banana boat sedge too, but I'm a sucker for sedges. I don't know if I have a moist enough spot for it.

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    1. I usually don't let that stop me, I guess I just didn't want it bad enough?

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  8. How funny and wonderful - I work at City People's and I did the 'Banana Boat' doodle! Thanks for stopping by and it's an honor to be on your blog ;)

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    1. Ha! I love it...thank you for commenting. Have you been at City People's long? It seems like every time I'm there (and I've been visiting off and on since the early 90's) I see familiar faces.

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    2. Your welcome! I've been there for almost 5 years now. I started out as seasonal at first (because of school), but now I am there full-ish time. Many of the workers have been there since the beginning, but really it's so nice to work there that the majority of us settle right in. I can't believe the it's the 25th anniversary this year! Kurt Cobain used to buy Courtney Love flowers from us in the early 90s.

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  9. AnonymousJune 21, 2013

    The Daphne is most likely Daphne x houtteana. Gorgeous!

    -Bridget

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    1. Indeed it is. I've been watching it for a couple of years now just teetering on the edge of purchasing. Have you grown it?

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  10. Our cobra plant (Darlingtonia californica) did ok for a while, until it got scorching hot here. I tried bringing it in but it was too late. They can be a little fussy depending on where you live. I've heard that people living in warmer climates put theirs in the fridge at night during the summer.

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    1. Seriously? In the fridge? That makes my overwintering of containers in the basement look common and almost normal.

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  11. I really like that black daphne but, after Googling the specs, it appears that it would have limited chance of survival in my garden. (BTW, I learned that, if you Google "black daphne", it's advisable to add the word "plant" before hitting search...) I'm afraid that the Albizia julibrissin made me shudder but maybe it would be manageable in a pot - in your climate.

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    1. Oh my, I can only imagine what you might have seen!

      I tried a Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ in a container but it wasn't happy there and I put it in the ground this spring. We'll see how it goes...

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  12. That Banana Boat Sedge looks so yummy, want one (or two)!!!

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    1. Indeed I did consider getting two, but since there were actually two plants in the container I selected I decided to stop there.

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  13. Brilliant capture of the banana boat sedge label! I love the spirit of gardening enthusiasts!

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    1. A special group aren't they (we)....

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  14. If we had this many choices at our local nurseries, I'd be in serious trouble. How do you control yourself?

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  15. I was just thinking how much I liked the doodle and then along came the doodler. Terrygardens should be set free to doodle away. I would buy plants just to get the labels.

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    1. Oh that's a wonderful idea Ricki! Sadly though there was only one doodle sign and many plants, so I had to leave it behind.

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  16. I picked up three 'Banana Boat' Carex this spring. Not dead yet!

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  17. I'm envious of you. You are so lucky to be able to visit these places and shop and take home the plants. I don't get to visit as many gardens or nurseries when I travel. My family only allows me one or two visits. Plus, I would probably just end up drooling since I can't buy plants on a whim. Import and export has to be planned in advance and is not always worth the paperwork.

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