Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ravenna Gardens, it's been awhile...


It had been a long while since I'd visited Ravenna Gardens. Hell, it'd been along awhile since I'd been to Seattle at all, how is it that I've only been managing once a year trips? I used to live there for goodness sake. I have friends there and it's only a 3 hour drive (and that includes a bathroom break!). So sad...I need to do better.

I did finally manage a visit weekend before last, and took the time to enjoy all the beauty this place has to offer.

This time of year Ravenna Gardens is the Ornamental Cabbage and Kale center of the universe. Just you wait...

This was a good sized Yucca rostrata, I didn't see a price, but then again I didn't hoist it out of the container it was sitting in.

You know I'm not a fan of mixed container plantings, yet when I'm here...I want them all!

And silly metal garden art balls too! (to grow vines on, of course)

Hmmm, ornamental and edible!

Why not tuck a pumpkin in a container?

Okay steady yourself. Let the ornamental C&K photos begin...(they're so good!)...

Wait, this one is the real deal (edible, not ornamental).

It's not every plant store that can boast it's own selection of plants from Dan Hinkley's personal nursery.

Interesting things were also going on inside the shop.

I really wanted these glasses. Need? No. Want? Yes.

Tillandsia and container heaven!

Yes please, I'll take those containers with the long legs.

Ha! Not real. Fun though, very fun.

And speaking of fun.

Weather Diary, Nov 6: Hi 56, Low 46/ Precip .36"

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25 comments:

  1. I don't usually like mixed container plantings either, but when they are done well — wow! I would have been sorely tempted at this place. Definitely liked some of the evergreens in the ground.

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    1. Everything they do at Ravenna they do well!

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  2. Those kales are fab! And the circular/spiral stone thingies are drool-worthy. I'm glad you got to get away.

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    1. Thanks Grace, me too. I needed it!

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  3. It's been a couple of years since I've been there too, and I'm closer than you. Great little place, so stuffed full of things to look at. I love the saying in the last shot, it reminds me of "It's always fun until someone loses an eye," which is a great corollary to your sub-header.

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    1. U-Village has changed so much, I am glad Ravenna is still there. You should plan a trip up...

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  4. PNW does have the best nurseries and garden centers! I was surprisingly entranced by those stone spirals, although I suspect I'd hate their price tags. The sign was wonderful.

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    1. I didn't even look at the spiral's price tag so I can't confirm or deny your feelings. I am sure you'd find lots to love there.

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  5. Ravenna Gardens is a great place that I don't get to very often. Their ornamental kale and cabbage plants are swell and it's impressive that they are carrying Windcliff plants.

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    1. Hopefully the Windcliff partnership is working out great for both parties.

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  6. It is probably just as well that we don't have great nurseries like this out here, I'd go broke. ;)

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  7. You may not like mixed containers, but they surly like you: those fabulous dish-planters of yours that you change up every season...
    The long legged containers are fabulous; that mid-century modern feel about them.

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    1. I did a post once about the conflict between my not liking mixed planters vs. the fact I do mix things up in my dish planters. It's odd!

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  8. So much artistry at work! It would be worth a trip to Seattle just to visit. What, pray tell, came home with you?

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    1. I'm embarrassed to admit it but, nothing. I was tempted by lots, but it's a weird time of the year to be buying plants...and I'd just bought a couple at my previous stop.

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  9. 3 hours is how long it takes me to get out to the Mendocino Coast--I like a 3 to 4 hour drive for a getaway-it feels like you are Somewhere Else without the aggravation or time sink of a longer trip. I don't mind driving 6 or 7 but then it seems like you need to add a day. I'm very strategic about my road trips. I've gotten away from mixed containers too, but I usually do one by my front door and sometimes one on my back patio. But Loree, you should have mixed container summer sometime-I bet they would be fabulous ! You could blog about overcoming your aversion to mixed containers and entertain us with your creations. And we'll be here for you if the trauma is too much.:-)

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    1. So true! I was really looking forward to the road trip part of this...as much as visiting friends. It really is good to get out on the highway once and awhile. I will take your idea under consideration. Just don't hold your breath.

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  10. I don't do mixed containers either, but that is because our semi-arid climate and endless hot summers are brutal on anything in a container, plus I am extremely lazy--so what is your reason?

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    1. I prefer one plant per pot...I'm just that kind of girl.

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  11. I've heard about Ravenna Gardens and I've seen a few photos... but seeing it through your eyes makes me long for a visit. So many treasures. I'm yearning to find a fun nursery to wander that will allow my imagination to run wild!

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    1. Oh Sheila I have no doubt you'd love this place! Surely there must be a good nursery somewhere near your new digs?

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  12. Great post! What a cool place. I have such a long list of Seattle places to visit...REALLY got to get up there! This one looks like one of them that should go to the top of that list, yes?

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