After visiting the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market I zoomed up north of Seattle to Shoreline, WA for a visit to visit Sky Nursery. Sky was around when I lived in Seattle (way before actually - they opened in 1953) but for some reason I don't think I ever stopped there.
Being in an urban location there isn't a huge display garden, but the parking lot was studded with planted up spaces.
Complete with an artfully fallen leaf on an ornamental cabbage...
Inside the nursery there was lots of autumnal goodness.
They really do look like fairy-tale pumpkins don't you think? Or at least fake pumpkins - but they were real...
I bought one of these, they were just too cute to pass up.
To say they had a wide selection of ornamental cabbage and kale would be an understatement.
Lot's of books at the info desk, right in the middle of the nursery.
Love these, but darn they are expensive! (over $100 for the tall one)
The planting could benefit from a nice gravel mulch...
Love these too...
They're not as expensive, but they're still a little pricey (I think the small one is $30).
Bryophyllum daigremontianum, aka Mother of Thousands.
Look at all these Saxifraga!
I grabbed a couple of these (on the far left in the photo above).
And one of these, to the right in the photo above. Too bad I completely missed that Zone 10 thing, even after taking a photo of the label! What nursery mixes Zone 10 plants in with ones hardy in the area? Kind of odd. Plus I thought Saxifraga were alpine plants, Zone 10 just sounds off...hmm...
I didn't get any of these, but it's a favorite - which I already have several of.
I need a few of these, Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz' - but since it's a Little Prince of Oregon plant I'm counting on being able to find it at home, back in Portland.
Coprosma 'Evening Glow'
Coprosma 'Tequila Sunrise'
Okay, let's go outside!
I love a nursery that wants to appeal to collectors, not that I know any...
I think this was Grevillea 'Canberra Gem' if not then Grevillea 'Noellii' - they had them both.
Grevillea lanigera 'Coastal Gem'
And my long term crush, Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'.
I visited Ravenna Gardens during my time in Seattle. They usually kill the ornamental cabbage and kale plantings. There was nothing. NOTHING. Thank god Sky had a few (and if you're thinking about it you've still got two weeks to put together your OC&K challenge entry!)...
It's always interesting to price stock tanks from other sources.
Over on the plant lust blog I had a conversation with someone about autumn color on Oakleaf Hydrangeas. His caution, that their color can vary widely, was borne out by the plants at Sky.
Interesting variances don't you think?
And so that's my visit to Sky Nursery, I definitely recommend stopping in when you're in the area!
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