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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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Little Friday Fun at Digs Inside and Out

After thirteen years, Digs Inside and Out is moving from it's Alberta Street location in Northeast Portland to a new location in Sellwood, an area of Southeast Portland.  As packing boxes were being filled and the move was imminent we visited the Alberta Street location one last time.


They're hoping to open in their new location on June first.  Do check their website for updates.

Those of you who've had the pleasure of visiting the private garden of JJ DeSousa, the owner of Digs, will recognize her eclectic style and sense of humor.



As an object, this string bean vase is cool but just think how great it would look filled with blooms.  It would look almost as if the flowers were standing on their stems right on the table.

I love this shop but am glad that it's 150 miles from my house or I'd be broke in short order. 



Looking one last time out at Alberta Street from inside Digs.   See those orange stools?

Things aren't always what they seem and although the loss of Digs will be felt on Alberta Street, I'm certain that the creative force behind this special store will work it's magic in their new home. (A cool historical building which you can check out on google maps.)
Happy weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Xera Plants and Contained Exuberance


As we drove up to Xera Plants in Portland, the bright color of this rose caught my eye. One also caught a ride home with me.


Xera had been a great wholesale grower of plants for many years before they opened their own retail space.  Luckily, their plants are still carried by other retailers but there's nothing like visiting their own space which is always packed with fabulous plants.


Sweet and tiny Polygonatum humile.



Epimedium x  'Pierre's Purple' has great purple flowers but the color of it's new foliage is also very attractive.

Acanthus  syriacus is a gorgeous thing.


Arthropodium candidum 'Maculatum' caught a ride home with Danger along with a brown aeonium.  Can't wait to see what she does with them.  

Xera and Hyland Garden Design/Contained Exuberance flow together nicely.  





This is my kind of pot shop!



Anne Boleyn? Catherine Howard?   Looks like someone's axe or sword needs sharpening.  




Allium seed heads are a repeated  theme at CE.  Aren't they cool?



A burlap bag tree seems like it could hold up the whole building. 


 Pots by apotspot.  
Happy Friday Eve!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - Clever Design.

Garden statuary is becoming more and more realistic all of the time.  This vignette was captured at Xera Plants in Portland.

Notice how the blue of the pot is echoed in the cherub's blue shirt.  and how the garden designer cleverly used golden foliage to set off the blues beautifully. 
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click on over to her blog to see more.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rare Plant Research Annual Open House

Rare Plant Research is a wholesale grower of unusual plants that opens it's doors to the public one weekend a year.  I'd purchased their plants from local nurseries for years before visiting myself and now try to make it to the open every spring.   To see many previous posts from RPR, look here.  You can also search my blog by typing Rare Plant Research (or any other term you might be interested in) in the white box with the magnifying glass in the upper left hand corner of the screen.   Once again this year, I met my pal Loree (yes, THE Loree Bohl of Sunset Magazine Fame.) in her equally famous garden from which we set out to Rare Plant Research together.   Loree warned me that the garden was a mess so I didn't ask about taking pictures but his lady doesn't know from mess - her garden looked fabulous as always.  Here's a bit of what we saw.

Lots of tiny agaves.

Some more stressed than others. 

Only in the Pacific Northwest...Our native sword fern finding its way into potted agaves. 

Trachycarpus wagnerianus for a ridiculously low price had me wondering where I could squeeze in another 

This NFS variegated pineapple made me glad that I purchased one here several years ago. 

Speaking of bromeliads...


The hot and bright conditions in these greenhouses really bring out the vibrant colors of these beauties. 


I would want more bromeliads if I didn't already have so many from a number of years of attending this sale.


Citrus trees are lots of fun to see but My garden is out of space. 

 Cussonia looking quite happy.  I wonder if they'll have these for sale in the future?

Fucrea gigantia is such a stunning thing.  Mine is struggling along in the greenhouse.  Wouldn't it be divine to live in a climate where these could happily grow in the ground?

Musa zebrina 

Look at the size of those velvety leaves .  That's the head of a shopper included for scale. 

Agave geminiflora.


Colorful succulents. 

Aloe dorotheae

Carnivorous and colorful Sarracenias aka  Pitcher Plants.


NoID NFS coolness. 



 Well, isn't that different?   


Now for some of what my pal, Alison, calls  fat bottomed girls (Caudiciform plants) 




Calabanus hookeri looked so fabulous  at RPR.  

It jumped into Loree's new plantmobile along with a few other things.  To be fair, some of these are Loree's.  (well, one box)  Someone has no control.
We opted not to visit the house, gardens, and vineyard this year.  It's beautiful but another nursery and lunch were calling.