Monday, July 10, 2017

Mayflowers, in the RTC

Back to the Reston Town Center, where we stayed during the 2017 Garden Blogger's Fling. I had a couple of hours, before the Fling started, to stroll and shop and find lunch. Imagine how excited I was when I happened upon Mayflowers. Doesn't it look promising with all that plantiness flowing out onto the sidewalk...?

Just inside the door I discovered this. Part fern table (with it's wooden framework), part Kokedama (with those root-bundled bits of goodness)...

I thought it was fabulous.

Another, similar, display with succulents. At first I thought they were fake, but no. Very real.

The back of the shop was filled with buckets of flowers, beautiful flowers. Staff was working on arranging them in simple and complex displays. I should have snapped a couple of photos, but not wanting to interfere I turned my attention to the side and this crazy bit of fakery. What is it supposed to be!?

Those (fake) leaves look like Agave americana 'variegata'...

But the bits meant to look like chooped leaves are more "Yucca-like"...

And page back up to see that ridiculously long trunk. Dunno. It's a little disturbing.

But still, every "mall" (aka Town Center) should have a florist or plant store. It's only right...fakery aside.

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  1. The big question — which determines how good a shop it was — is whether you were tempted to buy anything?

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    1. Ah, good question! No, I was not. But I also didn't look closely at all the containers and vases...trying to leave room in the luggage for the swag I knew we'd be getting from Fling sponsors...

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  2. It could be a variegated Furcraea? Or maybe no, as it looks like a triple cross between a Yucca, Agave, and a Palm...

    Do love reading your visits to shops especially, there's so much to be inspired with the displays and the items they have. And top marks for the Kokedama displayed like that!

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    1. Of course! It's the rare Yuccavepalm!

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  3. The fern table kokedama/succulent groups are indeed fabulous! Great ideas to play with! Yucca agavefucurafolia dracena truncata. You find the coolest places!

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    1. Try fitting that on a plant label!

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  4. What a fun shop! Those driftwood bowls are cool. Wish I'd seen this shop on the last day when I was out wandering with Jane. I still had plenty of room in my luggage.

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  5. The hideous indoor display is forgiven thanks to the woody one outside and the new thing I learned (Kokedama). I recalled immediately the new shady constructions you put up in the garden, with a branch (or root) dangling with the Tillandsia, spilling over the edge. I adore added wood to a display even though it is finite and will be degraded overtime.

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    1. Happy to be the reason you can now explore the world of kokedama. Is there a project in your future?

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  6. Now I REALLY wish I'd taken time to walk around the Reston Town Center! That fern table-like creation in the second and third photos may be the first use of Kokedama I really like.

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    1. Probably still to fast to dry out in your climate though?

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  7. I can get in big trouble in stores like Mayflowers, so many possibilities!

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  8. Ideas, ideas... Don't think the kokedama would last long here, but a planted table would be attractive plus keeping the pesky rabbits at bay! Thanks for the link BTW!

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  9. Everyone east of the Rockies grafts their Agaves onto palm stumps. Obviously.

    Frankenplant!

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