Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Fang! A neighborhood garden shop opens for the season

I don't remember how exactly I connected with Rik Barr and his work with plants at Fang, but we've followed each other on Instagram for a couple years now so that must have been it? As he was deep in it—getting the outdoor garden shop at Fang ready for it's opening last Saturday—he invited me for a visit. A "sneak peek" sort of thing, I visited on March 3rd, the agaves were right up front...

Agave bovicornuta, this beauty has already sold—I know because a friend bought it.

Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light'

Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Alba'

Sweet little greenhouse in the corner. Rik says it gets very hot in the summertime, hence the shade cloth.

Colletia hystrix (yes, somehow I managed to leave this spiky beauty behind)


Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' (Toad Lily), I really should have grabbed one of these. By the time I was ready to leave I'd forgotten all about it.

Sempervivum!

Erysimum × hybrida Winter™ Orchid looking lovely backed by some Calluna vulgaris.

How hot is this combination!?

Blueberries look so pretty even when there are no berries.

Veggie starts...

I almost bought some sugar snap peas, but then remembered I promised Andrew I wouldn't plant anything in the driveway stock tanks this year as he wants to paint that side of the house without fighting plants.


Gunnera!

Blechnum gibbum 'Silver Lady' looked like it might have been nipped by our week of winter. It was still quite lovely however.

Pineapple guava/Acca sellowiana

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Vancouver Jade' 

I thought it was rather lovely how they have the bags of soil and amendments covered. I get so tired of buying bags that are sopping wet (we're still quite in the thick of the rainy season here). This shot is also a great indication of the wide inventory of materials available here at Fang, they are definitely a neighborhood garden supply shop. Who doesn't need a place you can dash to quickly on that sunny afternoon when you're working in the garden and suddenly realize you need ____ (fill in the blank).

Euphorbia some somebody (I forgot to look at the tag, sure that I knew, but now doubting myself)

Tempting...


Ha! That yellow bloom, daring to be different.

One last look at the outdoor offerings...

A few just-arrived containers...

And then I decided to check out the indoor plant offerings, since I was already there...



Crassula ovata

Euphorbia milii

And finally a nice arctostaphylos branch with tillandsia.

If you're in the neighborhood (between Portland's Arbor Lodge, Kenton and Portsmouth areas) check them out! Oh and if you've got pets they're a pet-supply shop too!

Weather Diary, March 8: Hi 53, Low 40/ Precip trace 

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25 comments:

  1. Congratulation! Opening a new neighborhood garden center is a very good thing. It's so considerate of them to cover the soil bags: I always struggle with those after it rains for a long spell. You should go back for the 'Samurai' Toad Lily, it's gorgeous.

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    1. This is our fourth year but we our growing strong!

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  2. Congratulation! Opening a new neighborhood garden center is a very good thing. It's so considerate of them to cover the soil bags: I always struggle with those after it rains for a long spell. You should go back for the 'Samurai' Toad Lily, it's gorgeous.

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    1. This is our fourth year and each year we grow and get better. We strive for the unusual plants that are zoned for here. Some might need shelter at times.

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    2. chavliness I don't recall if I've ever mentioned that your comments often do this—double. Usually I delete one of them but it looks like I didn't catch this one!

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  3. Fang. Gotta love that name...

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  4. You are so lucky to have places like Fang in Portland. This is exactly the kind of store I'd love to have in our area.

    Colletia hystrix: I've been lusting after that one for a while. Not sure how practical it would be, but practicality is rarely my #1 priority, ha ha.

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    1. You'd think I would have jumped at the chance to add another spike to the garden. I don't know why that particular plant isn't speaking to me.

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  5. Fang, what a great name for a nursery with lots of spiky plants!

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  6. Wow, what gorgeous color and fun! I have been lusting after that Erysimum for some time now, but was unable to find it - thanks for the timely tip!!

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  7. I echo Gerhard on Colletia hystrix. I found it at just one local garden center years ago in a huge pot, at a price I just couldn't accept. I also had no use for a plant that large, although I wondered at the time if I could manage a profit from selling cuttings.

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    1. I wish you could swing by and pick up one of these.

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  8. Fang is pretty darned cool. Wish it was in my neck of the woods 'cause I'd shop there for sure. I agree with everyone else, what a great name.

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    1. We all should have a neighborhood plant shop! I'm lucky as I've got Garden Fever nearby.

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  9. This post got me excited about getting out gardening again. Of course, we still have lots of snow on the ground that needs to melt first, but I'll try to be patient.

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  10. What a nice little nursery ! I wish them great success.

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    1. Thank you. We are striving to supply unusual plants zoned for our climate.

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  11. Fran├žois wattellierMarch 10, 2021

    It's funny to see that the ornamental Alliums are "onions" for you and "garlic" in France ;-)

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  12. The helper outside today was great and seemed to love plants as much as I do!

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  13. Yay for Fang! So happy they are around, especially after Urban Farms (was that the name?) in St. Johns was turned into condos. Anyway, Fang is great for pet food and gardening. Their pots are on point and every year I want to invest in something gorgeous.

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