It's a tradition that I look forward to every January, the Portland Nursery Houseplant sale. I've been going for years and it's been fun to watch the event become more and more popular as houseplants continue to garner more and more interest.
Above is Tacca chantrieri, below is Tacca integrifolia—different colors of the bat plant, or bat flower. They could be yours for $79.99 minus 30%.
I started my shopping at the Division Street location of Portland Nursery. I had no specific desires, but since it's the location with the largest inventory (over 2,000 houseplants for the sale, according to their website) it seemed like good bet. Funny thing though, the entire neighborhood was without power. It took me about 15 minutes to travel the last mile of my journey because of the cars backed up at the traffic signals. I was concerned they'd be closed when I arrived, but instead employees were letting people in and shopping continued since the greenhouse-style roof let in lots of natural light.
The bromeliad selection was rather uninspiring.
Althought I did enjoy checking out how these "gardens on a pole" were put together.
Selaginella uncinata, blue spikemoss.
Schlumbergera gaertneri, in the center. "Schlumbergera gaertneri, formerly Hatiora gaertneri, is a species of epiphytic cactus which belongs to the tribe Rhipsalideae within the subfamily Cactoideae of the Cactaceae"... whew! (source).
Lots of sansevieria, but not the dark leaf S. kirkii var. pulchra I was hoping to find (I guess I lied, I did have a desire).
Sansevieria 'Mason's Congo' on the right, $149.99 (minus 30%, of course).
Mangave 'Tooth Fairy', in the front.
Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost', I was shocked at the $74.99 price tag. I'm sure I'll be back before the sale is over on the 29th, it will be interesting to see what sells.
Myrtillocactus geometrizans, crested form. Yours for $274.99 (and 30% off, of course).
There were a lot of full carts like this parked throughout the nursery.
And a lot of people scooping up terracotta, I just managed to snap this picture in between the rushes.
Mainly because I stood their forever trying to narrow down my purchases between these three jungle cactus (all will be revealed at the end of this post).
This one was labeled Cryptocereus anthonyanus. Who the heck is Anthony and why is this plant named after his, oh, never mind.
There were tons and tons of stag-horn ferns, both mounted and unmounted.
And look at all the nepenthes!
They also had a few Nepenthes 'Miranda'...
...with her big dramatic pitchers.
Now I've moved on and I'm at the Stark Street location. This is the first time I've seen Actiniopteris australis in person. I thought I would love it, but I do not.
Wowsa! That's a nice tillandsia...(NOID)...
The bromeliad selection was more exciting at this location.
Sadly there still weren't any of the sansevieria I was hunting for.
Did I mention pots are also 30% off during the sale? Since I already have 5,000 (only a slight exaggeration) I didn't buy any.
So, here's my haul, and yes, there's a theme. First up, on the far left, a humongous tillandisa. Of course it wasn't labeled with a specific name, but it's HUGE and all sorts of awesome. Then in the back we have what I believe to be a Epiphyllum / Selenicereus chrysocardium, aka fern-leaf cactus. This plant was labeled as Epiphyllum anguliger, but that's just not right. Next is Rhipsalis houlletiana. I adore rhipsalis and had to add this one to my collection. Finally, a Disocactus macranthus, aka orchid cactus. This guy has golden yellow blooms. Since the sale runs through the end of the month (almost, the 29th) I'll no doubt end up back there at some point. Who knows what they might restock with...
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