The last time I was up in Spokane I stopped in at Tower Perennials on my way out of town...
It's a nursery I have a love/hate relationship with. I love the plants, the display gardens, and have always had great interactions with the staff. The lone negative for me was the day I witnessed the owner berate his staff for not hounding the shoppers, in front of those very shoppers. Never mind they'd just touched base with us all multiple times and were nearby if we needed anything. I was so disgusted I emailed him to voice my objection. Of course he wasn't having it. He knew better, what this customer thought wasn't important.
Since that visit I hadn't returned, I'm not sure why I finally did, other than I needed to stretch my legs and collect my thoughts before starting on the long solo-drive home. I didn't intend to take photos, but habits are hard to break and the camera came out.
I was surprised to see a large selection of mangaves (manfreda/agave hybrids), especially since friends in California have had such a hard time finding these plants. Mangave 'Pineapple Express'
Mangave 'Man of Steel'
Mangave 'Mission to Mars'
Agave stricta f. nana, with great color!
I guess why I finally decided to share these images is that the nursery is for sale. On their website it says: "The nursery is in full color now, the plants are in their prime. The nursery is also for sale if you have wanted to own a nursery and have adequate funds." Hmm, "adequate funds"...what does that even mean? Sounds like code for "we're asking more than we should"... doesn't it? Or maybe "don't waste my time if you don't have enough zeros"...I do hope someone buys it though. It's a beautiful location and really serves a need in the Spokane area.
Verbascum and opuntia, that's a nice paring.
Echinocereus coccineus about to burst into bloom, I guess I should mention this visit was in May.
Looks like there were about to be lots of opuntia flowers as well.
The verbascum must be taking a year off.
Hmmm, what are these I wonder?
Anyone able to identify?
Cylindropuntia whipplei ‘Snow Leopard’ I believe, on the right,
Looking back towards the greenhouses.
Dasylirion something? Xanthorrhoea?
There's a home on the nursery grounds. I assume it could also be yours, with adequate funds.
Hopefully you'd get these charming agaves too...(yes, I believe the bottom one is a mangave)
The large pot of flowering plants looks out of place. Put an agave in there!
There's even a nice cylindropuntia...
I've always thought this sign overstated what it was showing off.
Maybe there was more back in the day?
And could be again?
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