I managed to work in a visit to Wells Medina Nursery during my recent Seattle (area) roadtrip. It had been years, many years (20?) since I'd been here. That was back when I lived in Seattle and frequently made trips to the Smith and Hawken store over in Bellevue, Wells Medina was a stop on the way.
Since it was a snowy/sleety/rainy (seriously cold) Friday afternoon at rush hour I had the place to myself. Not so bad really...
Cordyline australis 'Renegade' — if this one were hardier it would have definitely came home with me. It's a bad time to acquire new plants that need to be babied over winter.
These are fun...
And they've certainly got my wheels turning, thinking of how to add an application like this to my garden. Of course the wood would be replaced by metal.
I would never think to combine Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) with a purple ornamental cabbage but I love the look of it.
Another fabulous idea/planting...
And another great combo.
They had several very healthy Sarracenia.
So healthy and so well priced that one came home with me.
I meant to ask about this strange container, there were a couple of others just like it. Is that green stuff real? I dunno.
Wow, that's a fabulous old tree "stump" (driftwood root structure?)...I'm sure they must do fun things with it in the summertime.
And the same goes for the hanging log. It must have been planted up somehow? Like maybe a floating fern "table"?
They certainly do get creative with their displays around here...
Ya gotta love a nursery that's this well stocked in November.
The frog and his Agaves certainly do get around.
Magnolia macrophylla in every size! From two gallon (maybe those are five?) on up to twenty (again, guessing)...
Nice of the wind to knock one over so I could show you those silver undersides to the leaves.
I do love the green cone-flowers, in nurseries and other people's gardens.
I'm sure there's an interesting story here...
Including that one I'd previously only found only at Sky Nursery.
The one with the confusing Zone 10 hardiness rating.
I grabbed two of them because I can officially go on record as saying no, this is not a Zone 10 plant. My previously purchased plants did not miss a beat over last winter's 14F temperatures with repeated snow and ice cover.
They have lost their lovely squishy rosette form though. Probably because they were a little too shaded over the summer under a heavy canopy of Syneilesis aconitifolia (shredded umbrella plant, now cut back). I had planted them in too much sun (scorched leaves) and moved them here last autumn. I'm definitely going to find a location that's "just right" for my new plants.
Weather Diary, Nov 20: Hi 56, Low 43/ Precip .95"
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