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, February 12, 2016

Visiting Jungle Fever

It's always a treat to visit Jungle Fever and see what's happening.  Since it's a short drive from home, I'm lucky enough to be able to visit often.  Here's some of what's happening.

So much glorious color!

Couldn't resist taking one of these Euphorbia 'Ruby Glow' home with me. 

A lovely year round combination.  Bergenia and Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web.'

Because there is a basin beneath the rocks, Jerry's plan is to plug the sink and recirculate water so it's overflowing a bit.  He wonders if this will cause customers to try and turn off the faucet.  

 What are you guys all gawking at?

And you gals turning away in disgust from?  Well one's a bit curious.

Must be this bare breasted bathing beauty.  Even Buddha is contemplating something about her. 

Less words, more enjoying the magic of the place. 

Rooting Arctostaphylos cuttings.

 Looks a little unhappy with our winter rain but it's alive and will be glorious this summer!

One never knows who he'll bump into.
 Nolina, grevilleas,  and Kniphofia northiae

I've been eyeing these pots for years and this one came home with me.

Along with this face which was cast from a large pot in New Orleans.

This explosion of horticultural exuberance happens right next to this house, recently given a bit of a face lift.  It was a simple mid century home.

If I lived there, I'd so want to take the fence down and continue the coolness!
Happy Weekend all!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Visiting Earthwise Architectural Salvage

Earthwise has two locations, one in Seattle and, fortunately,  one in Tacoma.  See their website here.  Having heard good things and seen photos of current offerings periodically posted on Craigslist, I decided to visit. Things move fairly quickly here  so the inventory is ever changing.

Graffiti art on the exterior of one of the buildings.

One shutters to think what might happen without this friendly directional sign. Groan.

Panning for gold relief is rather interesting on this rusty wood stove.  It might have come to live in the greenhouse had the price not been a bit  high.   I'll check back often as one imagines that this place will have great rusty metal pieces on a regular basis.
 Not a lot in the outside area right now but that concrete pipe that might need to come home with me.

A sweet little greenhouse sort of thing.  The top is open but there would still be some protection from frost.

I love old enameled stoves!  Do you?

The silver-painted radiators look  like the ones that heated a large church, built in the Victorian era at which I served for nine years.  The church, just up the street from my house, was demolished a few years ago to make room for an expansion of Tacoma General Hospital.   For several months, during the demolition, we'd walk over and see what had been done.  It was a bit like holding the hand of a dying friend.  Alas, another grand old building that lives only in memory, soon to fade, and photographs. Everything is temporary.

Whoa, you need shades in here!

Lots of fun stuff!

More chairs from the school auditorium. 

This strange, but once very popular black and shiny copper finish on metal was once popular.  The original light fixtures in our house (we've found pieces in the basement and one is still in use) had this finish.

A nice selection of salvaged materials. 

Wings made of rolled newspaper.  

Doors and windows galore!

Because everybody needs one!

These street lamp shades might be interesting with mini lights in them lining a walkway. They're also pretty interesting bathing in multi-colored tubs. 

Wrought iron (actually mild steel) railings.  Hope you take no o fence.  

These large arched windows came from a structure on Queen Ann hill in Seattle.  They're huge!

I've a sinking feeling that we're near the end of the post. 

That's the end, there is no more!
I'm looking forward to visiting Earthwise often to search for treasure!