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, December 2, 2016

It's Poinsettia Time Again!

From Molbak's a couple of weeks ago come these examples of the most-purchased plant in the industry.  

Love them or hate them, they're back. 

Molbak's has a dizzying array of varieties all beautifully displayed.  How delightful to admire the bright colors and contemplate hauling my collection  out of the basement for the season. Nah, I'd have to vacuum and dust first.  Yikes.

Maybe some elves will come by and decorate for me. 

Forgot the name of this beauty. 

Princettia Pink

Pull out all the stops, the carnival of Christmas has begun even though it's still Advent.
Happy weekend all!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

So, There Was A Sale At Flower World

Not just any sale but 40% off all indoor plants.  If one is a member of Flower World's e-club (free to join) he receives an additional ten percent off of all purchases even on sale merchandise.  But wait, there's more.  If one spends more than fifty dollars, he gets a free Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' ( two 6" pots or one 8" pot!)  Some would call this an offer, I prefer to think of it as a challenge although, how much of a challenge is it to spend fifty dollars at a nursery?

Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar'  is a wonderful compliment to poinsettias for the holidays.

Flower World does not carry baubles, bangles, ornaments, soap, stationery, scarves, handbags, or other gift items (not that there's anything wrong with that.)  What they carry is plants, acres and acres of plants. (Three of those acres are inside so the weather is always perfect!

The heating bill must be outrageous but walking in the tropical houses when it's cold and windy outside is a spirit lifter!

Assorted cacti and succulents. 

Philodendron 'Prince of Orange'  is always an eye grabber!

Calethea 'Medallion' - Oh, the purple undersides of those leaves.  These DO NOT like to dry out at all and want to be kept moist. (Don't ask me how I know.) Most of my house plants are either not fussy about water or dead.  Okay, some water lovers live in the greenhouse where they can be watered with a hose and they are alright.

Cordyline terminalis 'Miss Andrea' 

Hopping from the tropics to outside, the berries if Ilex verticillata on bare branches are gorgeous. Unfortunately, the plant is rather dull the rest of the year.  Oh to have enough space to hide a few dozen of these shrubs!

Camellia sanguinea 'Apple Blossom'

Camellia x 'Buttermint' looks like it could melt in your mouth. 

 It's still autumn but already the primroses in my garden and those at Flower World are blooming as they will all winter.

Vibrant blooms of Tibouchina urvilleana.  

Our visit was the weekend before Thanksgiving and the staff was just starting to make wreaths.  

Maybe I'll be inspired by their creations to make my own.  On the other hand, dragging the fake one out of the basement is a lot easier.

How lucky are we to live in a climate where all of this is evergreen?

Musella lasiocarpa in bloom.

Cotinus 'Grace' still holding on to her glorious foliage.   

This picture doesn't show it well but the foliage of Calathea 'Silhouette' also has brilliant purple undersides.  There's an empty jardiniere in the parlor and I promise to keep it watered this time. The foliage pattern is just too seductive.  We'll let it ride in the cart for a while, enjoy it and put it back. The last bit didn't happen.  Oops.

Temperatures are predicted to plunge below freezing next week.  I hate to see autumn go. 

 We'll still have these cheerful Kale/Cabbages to keep us company through the winter!

See you next time, Flower World!
My Haul:   Calathea 'Silhouette', Camellia sanquinea 'Mondel', Heucherella 'Sweet Tea' , and a free Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar'

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Vignette

It's dark, cold, and wet outside.  The wind is tossing wind chimes about making a racket as the dogs and I sit by the computer this evening.   We're all dreaming about the all-too-fleeting warmth of summer.  Perhaps this shot of a new blue wall at Wells Medina Nursery taken late in June on a cloudless and warm day will help.

Oh that summer could linger a bit longer.  Alas, it seems that autumn and winter have other plans.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click over there to see her vignette and links to those of others!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Camellias in November?

Camellia sasanqua varieties are a common sight in the late autumn and early winter.  A popular variety, 'Yuletide' is so named because of it's color and because it's often blooming at that time. 

Camellia sasanquah 'MonDel' followed me home from Flower World last weekend.  Flowers at this time of year are always welcome, right?

However, Camellia japonica varieties usually bloom in my garden in February, March, and April. We've had a mild autumn with record breaking rainfall and my japonicas are confused. It's a bit troubling to see buds coloring up this early as frost can burn them.

Some flowers are actually opening.  Oh well, there are a lot of other things blooming in the spring and some buds are still tightly closed so there  may be vernal blooms as well.

Are we going to skip winter this year?  (He said hopefully.)

Monday, November 28, 2016

In A Vase On Monday

When I got home on Sunday, the rain was coming down, the wind blowing, and I didn't feel much like venturing out to the garden to find something to put in a vase.  Luckily, on Thanksgiving, I put something together as part of a running joke that one of my great nieces and I have going.

For several years, I've been a vegetarian but still cook traditional fare for my family on Thanksgiving. Last year,  or the year before, my eldest sister told the grand niece that I was now following a vegan diet for health reasons.  The niece's replied that she hoped that she wasn't served leaves and sticks, tofurkey, or anything of the sort.  That year, just as the grand nice had filled her plate, I whisked it away, replacing it with a package of tofurkey and presenting her with a crystal bowl of dried leaves and sticks from the garden.  Now on every holiday, one of us brings sticks and leaves.  This Thanksgiving, it was my turn.  Since I wasn't hosting (A nephew and his wife were our hosts in Vancouver) the sticks and leaves needed a different receptacle.  Because I couldn't find the original sticks and leaves which are in a plastic bag somewhere, I found more.

On the way out the door, some dried rose hips and a few broken and brown-leaved branches of arctostaphylos jumped into the box.

It's definitely not the most elaborate Monday arrangement I've made but certainly one of the most fun!

In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Be sure to go to her blog to see what others have brought inside today.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Shopping?

On Black Friday I usually stay away from the madding crowd, put away all of the Thanksgiving dishes, extra tables and chairs and autumn decorations to prepare for the next group of holidays.  This year, we spent turkey day in Vancouver (WA) with a couple of my brother's kids and their families and while it was strange not to be cooking and cleaning for days, it was certainly a delightful break. The rain is supposed to stop for a little while today and with a low of 29 degrees in the forecast in a couple of weeks, this will be a perfect day to bring in the last of the begonias and think about hauling the potted cordylines to the greenhouse.

Last weekend we went nursery hopping and stopped by Barone Garden.  Barone does not carry plants but if you're ever looking for a fountain, statuary, or pot, you'll certainly find something to meet your need!  See previous posts here.

Meditating frog fountain.  

Where could I find space for this?  

This must look really interesting with water gushing through it!

The shiny metallic gold glaze always catches my eye.  Do you think it would look attractive with plants or detract from them?

The sea of pots is always more impressive in person. 

Spheres in the garden are a favorite.

More shiny gold glaze.  

Maybe it's a sign?

The Asian area features some carved stone pieces as well as concrete. 

The detail on these Ganeshas was superb.  

Who doesn't like Bacchus, the party animal - um I meant the god of the grape harvest and wine.  (Six of one...)

Unusual garden bench.  One can actually sit on her lap.

There's something for every garden style and taste unless, of course, you don't like pots or objet in your garden.

Did the gnomes kick seagulls off of their posts?

This lady almost came home with me but I need another one of these like I need a hole in the head.  Come to think of it, a hole in the head comes in quite handy in a head planter.  Hmm.

This guy was keeping a watchful eye on her so maybe they were meant to stay together.