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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Vignette - Still Driving To Nurseries

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by my blogging pal Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to see her vignette this week and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.

Some people can never get enough of visiting gardens and nurseries.

"If we'd gotten here right at opening time, those people wouldn't have bought all of OUR bromeliads!"  Maybe the dog will scare them away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Sad News - A Last Look at Furney's Nursery

On May sixth, after visiting the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden and sale but not buying anything, I decided  to stop by nearby Furney's Nursery.  I was saddened and surprised to see their digital sign out front blinking the message "Going Out of Business. Everything in the nursery 25% off.  Since visiting the nursery, I've been hearing the discount amount go to 50% and then 70% off.

On the sixth, there was also a day long yard sale going on.  The turned wood posts were interesting but I don't need another project right now. 

Lots of shelves for sale.
Let's go look at what was still inside the nursery.

The pots seemed pretty picked over but there were a couple that might be interesting at the deeper discount.

Lots of annuals and hanging pots.

A smattering of indoor pots.
 After seventy years, the family has sold their property and decided to call it quits.  Interesting articles about it here and here.

Some good perennials.  That male bust was interesting but cost a bit more than I wanted to spend. 

The largest wind chime I've ever seen.  The welded metal support structure stands about 20 feet tall. When visiting Furney's I always visited this, pulled the clapper in the middle and enjoyed feeling the incredibly low sounds of those tubes. If I had space to tuck this away somewhere, it would be wonderful to have but it's too big for my garden.


Lots of basic shrubs. 

Some less common shrubs.

Like this Enkianthus campanulatus

Nice assortment of bamboo

Japanese maples.

The end of an era.

Magnolia 'Yellow Bird' was tempting but M. 'Elisabeth' is still sitting in a pot in my garden waiting to be planted.

We'll miss Furney's and wish the owner, Robert Furney,  the best as he moves to Southeast Alaska. 

Looks like it's time to pack up and move on. 

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  What does the future hold for independent nurseries?  I'm guessing that there will always be some plant nerds but will there be enough to support small specialty growers?  Get out your crystal ball and tell me what you see.

Monday, May 22, 2017

In A Vase On Monday - A Weekend of Garden Friends

The weekend was a whirlwind of garden activities with friends.  On Friday I took a personal day off of work, drove to Portland and visited five nurseries.  At Joy Creek, I ran into my pal Anna of Flutter and Hum   She showed me the treasures  that she was going to take home that day.  A gardener working at a nursery is a dangerous thing!

On Saturday I hit a nursery and then met up with friend Loree of Danger Garden to go to the Rare Plant Research, a wholesale grower of all plants unusual, annual day of opening to the public. While wandering through the hoop houses, we ran into blogging friend Amy of The World's Best Gardening Blog.  Afterward, we hit a couple more nurseries together.  The plantmobile was quite full on the return trip and required many trips to unload the plants and cool pots made by Burl, the owner of Rare Plant Research.

On Sunday, after work, Tom and I met Alison of Bonney Lassie to tour the garden of  friend Camille Paulsen and that of the late Lavonne Stewart-Campbell and her co-gardener and husband Mick Campbell.  Mick decided to keep the garden open in Lavonne's honor.  By the end of the day, I felt both tired and very lucky to have so many special garden friends, all of these were fruits of  blogging.
The lucky part reminded me of a lucky coin teapot that Tom brought back from a trip to China several years ago which became the vessel for today's arrangement.

Looking for something special, cutting this first blue poppy of the season was briefly considered.
It would be hard to find mates for this.  There were a few roses that might have worked, maybe rhododendrons?  Instead, I went with some simple flowers which I have in abundance, and many will be pulled up soon.

Native bleeding hearts, some winter pansies, forget me nots, bishop weed foliage and flowers

This cutie from Far Reaches Farm whose name I've forgotten.

The last of the Spanish Bluebells.

Casually thrown into the lucky coin teapot.  What?  No props?  

I'd been waiting to use this mini circle-pot gift from Loree but it seemed fitting to use it today in the celebration of garden friends arrangement.  Truth be told, the Bishop's weed is included as I remember her chiropractor visit inducing struggle to rid her garden of this.  A tillandsia and a monkey puzzle cone seemed to be enough.

On Saturday, Loree remembered that I'd posted a picture of a three-legged pot.  She'd purchased one but never did anything with it.  Her husband was not at all fond of it and so she gave it to me.  I was pretty sure I had just the thing for this one.

A semi-spherical tillandsia clump. (Okay, I tried a lot of different things but this was my favorite.)

In this space, the teapot is obscured but I know it's there, just like my virtual friends who I don't see all the time.  Thanks friends for the delightful weekend and thank you to all of my friends from the blogosphere!
In a vase on Monday is hosted by the talented and dedicated Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to join in the fun!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden Part 2 - Seike Japanese Garden

Another rescued and relocated garden treasure of the SeaTac Botanical garden is the Seike Japanese Garden which has a fascinating history which can be found here.  I'll shut up for a change, and let the beauty of this space speak for itself.

Meanwhile, back at the sale- 

This is not a huge sale but there were some choice plants.

The iris society cleverly set up pots of plants for sale next to examples growing in the iris beds of the garden.

Lilium mackliniae

The Dwarf Bearded Iris were looking quite nice. 

Toward the back of the garden, near the work area was this semi-circle of cinder block planters.  Blockhenge?  

I didn't buy anything at the sale but was tempted by the lily.  Since the plant mobile was already in the area, I decided to visit Furney's Nursery.  They always have something interesting to gaze upon.  You'll have to wait until next week to hear the sad news.