Last weekend I visited Flower World in Maltby, Washington. I’d heard about this place from a couple of friends, most recently The Outlaw. Since it was a grey and chilly day we spent most of our visit in the Seasonal House, where it was warm and bright.
And where there were more houseplants than I think I’ve ever seen in one location. The word I’ve heard most often used to describe Flower World is BIG and indeed, it really is. Besides the sheer size, the thing I was blown away by was the quantity. If you liked something you had about 50 of them to choose from, it was a little intimidating.
My friend Erin liked the tri-color Cordylines.
Whereas I was partial to Miss Andrea, in fact one came home with me.
Of course since there were so many to choose from it took awhile to decide which one.
How do you decided which plant is “the one?” I’ve seen people just grab the one in front, and people who decide they must have the one in the back, furthest out of reach. I usually select three good looking ones and chose the one that speaks to me from that group. It helps to put them on the ground too, since that’s the angle I’ll usually see it from. Aren't those colors just fabulous!?
See what I mean about multiples?
It's rare to see opuntia like this in a nursery.
They've taken some cuttings from old woody specimens. I like it!
There was only one of these bad boys, not multiples.
But if you looked close you could see it was made up of multiple smaller Staghorns.
Multiple crew-cut-suffering Carex morrowii 'Silver Scepter'...
It's fairly rare to see a group of Magnolia macrophylla, especially so tall.
Platycladus orientalis 'Aurea Nana' (Berckman Dwarf Golden Arborvitae), these look like they might take a bite out of your little dog when you're not looking, thankfully I left mine at home.
Now a not so subtle segue into another location with multiples, my friend Patrica's garden. Where else in Portland are you going to see so many Echium wildpretii?
So this is what happens when you let a blooming plant go to seed...
They look a little like sea anemones don't you think?
There's another plant she's going to have multiples of next spring. Hopefully this means I'll have a source for seedlings!
And finally, multiple people mentioned Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' when I asked about dark evergreen foliage hardy in my zone. Is that it, below? Yes it's in Patricia's garden, and yes I could have asked her but she just broke her shoulder and had surgery with multiple screws placed in the bone. I don't think plant I.D. is high on her list of priorities at the moment. Please advise if you know...
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