Headed home from running an errand I realized it's been forever since I stopped in Marbott's Nursery. Well there's no time like the present!
This nursery is a throwback, it reminds me of a couple old family-run nurseries in Spokane, where I grew up and discovered the magic of a nursery. It's the kind with old greenhouses painted white, lots of movable metal tables, and plants tucked in everywhere. They do vegetable starts, hanging baskets, and all the things my grandma would be shopping for. That said they're also the first nursery where I ever saw (and bought) a rodgersia, where I by my annual papyrus, and where I bought my most fabulous loquat. I rarely leave empty handed.
And I have a feeling I won't be leaving empty handed this time either...
Cordyline banksii Electric Star
It's all coming back to me now! I spotted a row of these on the Garden Conservancy Tour last June. I fell in lust with them and asked the owner what they were. He told me he bought all that Marbott's had. Guess he missed one, it's mine now...
I thought maybe this was the hugest Epiphyllum oxypetalum ever.
But no, it's a bunch of smaller pots.
I think these are their stock plants.
Where as these are meant to be purchased.
Or maybe they're still being grown on? That's the thing about this place, if there's not a price on it chances are they aren't willing to sell it, and on more than one occasion I've been told one price when I ask and then been charged another when I go to pay (and it's always higher!).
I should have asked about this one though, love that old container...
Perhaps I'll return soon and buy one of these papyrus...
One year I showed up too early and was told I couldn't buy one yet. They were worried I would plant it out and a late freeze would get it. I assured them I knew what I was doing and was allowed to take one home.
Acanthus 'Whitewater', it's too busy for me, but probably just the ticket for someone else.
Another reason I love to visit? This row of exotics.
Papaya with fruit...
And strelitzia/Bird of Paradise. I hope this nursery sticks around for a long time, it's a little pocket of wonderful.
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