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 17, 2017

Jurassic Park?

Critters once thought to be extinct seem to be thriving at Bark and Garden in Olympia. 

As herbivores, they must be very happy here with all the happy-looking plants.

Watch out, these teeth aren't made for foliage.  The good news is that it's still a bit cool and they don't seem to be moving very quickly being cold blooded and all. Still, it's a good idea to exercise caution. Come to think of it, I didn't notice any children or gnomes running around.

Flamingos looked a bit nervous. (Taste just like chicken.)

We escaped without becoming lunch for anyone but my wallet was suspiciously lighter; my car full of greenery.
It was a pleasure to visit this huge nursery  full of great plants. They'll appear in future posts as a plant-enamored gardener took a lot of pictures.  Happy weekend all!  May it be filled with garden adventures.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Greenhouse Quickie for Foliage Follow-Up

Foliage Follow-Up is hosted by Pam at Digging on the day after Garden Blogger's Bloom Day to help us remember the important role that foliage plays in our gardens every day.  I live in "The Evergreen State" so there is a lot of interesting foliage outside but this month I decided to be lazy and share some shots of  foliage in the greenhouse.

Things are a bit crammed in for the winter. 

Spanish moss threatens to take over the world.  Because it gets carried off on the leaves and branches of plants, ladders, and  my head and shoulders, it stays in check a bit.

I've been fairly successful in keeping spider mites, whitefly, scale insects, and aphids in check this winter. They're still there but no major infestations or great plant losses so far (knock wood.)

I'm excited to start moving plants outside for the summer in a couple of months  and very excited that the Northwest Flower and Garden Show preview is only five days away.  Can't wait to see what fantastic creations the garden designers have come up with this year and to visit with friends old and new.  Will I see you at the show?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day February 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens on the fifteenth of every month as an easy and fun way for garden bloggers to keep a journal of what's happening bloom-wise in their gardens throughout the year and as a way for gardeners around the world to peek at what's blooming in different areas of the planet.  Click here to see what's blooming in her garden and to find links to posts from other participating bloggers.

In my zone 8 Tacoma, Washington garden, winter blooms continue despite a week of temperatures in the teens last month.   Camellia japonicas paid no heed to the cold and just kept on blooming.

Camellia sasanqua. 

The first of the Helleborus orientalis is up and blooming.

Helleborus argutifolius has been blooming for a month now and looks like it intends to keep going for some time.

Cyclamen coum. 

Inherited snowdrops are now all over the garden as they get moved a lot when transplanting other plants in the summer.

Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn’ blooms from October to June and has a beautiful fragrance which it shares freely.


Lonicera fragrantissima is a favorite but does best in full sun.  Sarcocca is also blooming but I forgot to take a picture of it.

One of the Arctostaphylos whose name I've forgotten.  This is the one that had beautifully variegated foliage for several years.  No more variegation.

Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet) bears another fragrance that is worth experiencing. 

I was surprised to see the first of the Crocus tommasinianus are blooming in the hell strip.  Looks like they're going to spread around a bit.  Hooray!

Meanwhile, in the greenhouse Schlumbergera x buckleyi, the true Christmas cactus has been in bloom since the holiday.  All of the Schlumbergera in the greenhouse bloom a bit later and last longer than those in the house. 

Finally, some of the wintering Abutilons are spitting out blooms. 

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day From Windmill Nursery

Will you bee mine?
It's still winter but a voice on the radio said that a warmer than usual (also wetter but let's not think about that) remainder of the winter is predicted.  Reason enough to start celebrating spring, right?

Windmill is a nursery that shrinks it's plant retail area dramatically from October through January and seeing the sales floor begin to again be filled with plants makes me very happy!

Another sighting of  Sunset's new variegated lavender.

Some nice big agaves.  Must remember to attend their sale next fall.

Daphne odora 'Maejima' perfumes the air.

There's a lot happening inside as well. Dig that interesting chandelier with sideways metal pots.  

Impressive display of tillandsias.  Their popularity seems to be continuing.

Ah, the tropics.

In the greenhouses, the promise of great things to come.

Fun planters.

 Green, glorious green!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!