Let's turn the clock back...it's February 24th and I was on my second day at the Northwest Flower and Garden show, inside the Washington State Convention Center. Suddenly I caught sight of a clear blue sky outside. That was it, I had to break free and spend my afternoon exploring a couple of Seattle nurseries. Gardeners can't last long INSIDE on a sunny day...right?
My first stop was Sky Nursery, and I enjoyed every minute of it, even bought some Saxifraga (shown here). But I was not in the mood to pull out my camera so that stop went unrecorded. I thought my next stop, at Swansons, would play out the same way but then I saw this...
What the heck? That's basically an XL tree-fern kokedama!
Of course once the camera is out it can't be put away. I want to steal this fabulous rusted metal shopping cart. So. Bad.
Isn't it marvelous?
However the on-guard crow does discourage such thoughts, after all you have seen this, right?
Oh! Metal things planted up and hanging from the ceiling...
Just my cup of tea.
So to speak (I am not a fan of tea).
You may remember my January visit to Joy Creek Nursery, where I shared photos of their fern tables. This next group of photos was more in the same (wonderful) vein.
Extra credit points for the signs identifying the plants!
If you're curious about these and want to learn more Joy Creek Nursery is offering a class "Ferns and How to Use Them to Create Fern Tables, with Richie Steffen" on Sunday July 2nd at 1pm, just $10. Details here.
It really was a beautiful afternoon to be out under the (extremely rare at that point) PNW blue sky. I was feeling quite lucky.
Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset'
When I lived in Seattle, many years ago, I visited a very different (but no less magical) Swansons. Once and awhile I catch a glimpse of that nursery, the one that exists only in my memory. Swansons was one of my mainstays, back when I gardened on windowsills and dreamed of having my own dirt. This table reminds me of an area I used to visit, before their fancy-pants remodel.
But then I turn around and I'm back in the (not so bad really) present.
Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow'
That thing! Acer palmatum 'Bihou'
I thought it was glowing simply because the setting sun was highlighting it. Nope. The glow lasted long after the sun had fallen lower in the sky. Freak!
That's when I went into the gift shop and poked around. These caught my eye, but right about then an old friend texted me about meeting up for a drink, and I hit the road...
Weather Diary, April 3: Hi 57, Low 35/ Precip 0
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