Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snow Sighting!

This weekend, I spotted these at Molbak's Nursery.

For those of you in parts of the country currently covered in snow, It's possible that snow isn't particularly your favorite thing at the moment.  Sorry.

Where I live, snow is a novelty.  There have even been  winters without snow but we usually get a couple of inches on the ground at least once or twice during the winter and every ten years or so, we get a big storm that dumps five or six inches of the white stuff.

Rather clever, not difficult to make but probably fairly costly unless those aren't real tools.

If winter isn't your thing, you can pretend that they're giant sunbursts.
More of  Molbak's to come but that's all for now from your flaky friend.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Flower World in Late November

This Saturday, we set out to visit several nurseries north of us that I'd never experienced at this time of year.  Our first stop was Flower World.  This place is about plants, of which they have a lot in their 15 acres of nursery, and there was no tinsel, no ornaments, just plants and plant products. 

Poinsettias were plentiful.

Norfolk Island Pines and Schlumbergera

An effective combination!

This one was new to me.  Check out the leaf shape and variegation.  

Cute hedgehog.

Table after table of cut evergreens.  As you can imagine, it smelled divine!

While I'm a fan of holiday sparkle, these simpler  wreaths were quite appealing!

Throwing in some beauty berries is delightful.

I'm still enjoying mine on the bush.  Cleverly placed nearby were potted specimens of some of the berries and evergreens used in the wreaths.

 These would work well as advent wreaths, just plop some candles in and voila... 

My favorite was this swag with both purple and red berries, variegated holly and yellow and blue greens.

Irresistible to me were these variegated Aspidistras.  They're labeled as house plants and they are great for that but they are also hardy outside here, evergreen, look great in pots, like to be root bound and will grow beneath timber bamboo where little else will.  And they're gorgeous!

 Tillandsia 'Creation' in glorious bloom.

The largest Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)  I've seen.   

In the unheated greenhouses, Pineapple sage is still blooming much to the delight of the resident humming birds!

The hummers were also thrilled with table after table of fuchsias.

These face pots were nifty.  One hopped into my car.  I don't know how as they don't seem to have legs.  Strange thing.

To see more about this nursery, go to their website here. See many more extensive posts from my earlier visits here.  Happy new week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Schlumbergera truncata is My Favorite Plant...This Week

Who wouldn't like a plant that requires very little care (these haven't been re potted in 15 years, and get watered sporadically.)  and cover themselves each year with bright exotic flowers?

In a little room upstairs, these are blooming their heads off. 

 To see the story about how these came to live with me many years ago and why I have a sentimental attachment to them, click here.

 For a very funny and highly informative article about them, check out Mr. Subjunctive's post here on his blog, "Plants are the Strangest People."  His article also gives the reason why we don't see offered in the trade the more rounded-leaved, Christmas-blooming Schlumbergeras  that many of us remember from our childhoods.

Just this evening, I was shopping for Thanksgiving and decided that the salmon and pink Schlumbergeras needed a new friend.  Here it is waiting on the back stairs to go up and join its new friends.
I'm joining with Loree at Danger Garden in posting my favorite plant...this week.  Click here to see other bloggers' favorites this week.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Visiting Watson's

I understand how strange it seems to see holiday merchandise show up in stores earlier each year but I also understand that people plan ahead and crafty folks need some lead time if they're going to create things.   On this cold Saturday, it felt like December and this warm looking color scheme seemed very appealing.

Although there are a lot of poinsettia colors and color combinations available these days, the simple single red says Christmas to me.

A bit of the tropics added a touch of warmth inside the sunny glass house.

A couple of friendly shoppers let me pat them.  Aren't they sweet?

Fun flower trees.

Fun idea.

Totally loved these two old-looking pieces!  

Not as fond of the painted Calluna vulgaris.  I've also seen them in blue.   

Rusty metal trees caught my eye on the way out.  Do I like them because of their novelty or because they're seriously cool?

There were some sale tables and this candelabra at 40% off, spoke to me as did the scent of this Meyer Improved Lemon in bloom. Looking forward to smelling it in the green garage!

Have you been doing any plant shopping lately?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Summer Somewhere; The Seymour Botanical Conservatory

A ten-minute walk from my front door, The Seymour Conservatory can transport one to the warmth of summer in the jungle any time.  A recent visit during our cold snap was a welcome breath of warm air!

Although several large trees in the park blew over during the storm,  none fell on the conservatory.

I feel very lucky to have had no big trees blow down in my garden!

The conservatory is a lovely Victorian glass house.  Read about its history here and about events and displays here.
 Musa basjoo leaves were shredded in the wind before being frozen.

It's chrysanthemum time again.  I wonder if it might be interesting one year for them to group the plants by color or type?  I like this riot of color with them all put together, just wondering is all.

A quick detour to the desert to visit the nice big Agave (taller than me)  Is this A. amricana?  It's not doing the twisty thing that they usually do.  It was labeled "Century Plant."

Alison's not the only one who likes to put plants in jail!

This guy is decked out in tillandsias right now. 

Speaking of tillandsias, isn't that Spanish moss glorious?  

 Ginger?   Where's Mary Ann?

That's one giant Platycerium.   They're interesting in other greenhouses but don't speak to me.  (You know, like most plants do, "Peter, take me home!")

Bowiea volubilis

Mixed display.

Glorious Agapetes!  It would be interesting to see the size of its caudex!
A tropical and scented rhododendron.

Tillandsias growing on a cactus skeleton.  The fruit is that of a nearby passion vine. 

If you're ever in Tacoma, do drop by the Seymour Conservatory, it's a lovely place that I don't visit frequently enough.

Huge lemons and sometimes their fragrant flowers grace the entry.  There used to be an acacia in the entry as well but that was removed some time ago.  Wonder what happened to it?
Hope this visit helped to warm you up a bit!