The careful/faithful reader of my blog will note that this is not a picture of me and my family but rather one stolen from Molbak's website of Egon and Laina Molbak shortly after the opening of their Greenhouse in 1957.
He Heuchera were indeed beautiful and inexpensive but I resisted the temptation. It's difficult at this time of the year not to want any and everything that looks alive.
I love this rusty metal sculpture for it's shape and gentle curve. I feel grateful to live in a region where we can garden (sort of) year round but we still have seasons, where nearly all nurseries are open year round, and there is a wealth of gorgeous plants for winter interest.
You may feel that you're being watched.
Fortunately, this isn't the restroom. I'm not exactly sure what it is but it's interesting.
here. This is the very one that came home with me from Molbak's. Will it be cheating if I include pictures of it blooming in my garden in my February bloomday post?
Phormiums and Cordylines. We're getting bold again!
O.K. there are some flowers like Columbines and Echinacea that I think look best in their single, simple form and not doubled and frilled up. While I do appreciate the simplicity of single primroses, these double ones tickle me. They increase in size each year in my garden.
First daffodil sighting of the season. Maybe it doesn't really count because it was obviously forced. Made me smile. Hope it did the same for you.
The only grandparent that I knew, my maternal grandmother, loved pansies (and made wicked good doughnuts.) Whenever I see these happy little frilly flowers, I think of her.
Paphiopedilum orchid. It's hard not to take pictures of these as they are so photogenic.
I still don't feel the need to own any but enjoy seeing them.
File this under "Crimes aginst horticulture!" It's an interesting look, sort of but how long can the poor thing live this way?
Speaking of crimes against horticulture, shouldn't chrysanthemums be asleep this time of year. I love these as much as the next gardener but not so much right now.
These Agave lophanta 'quadricolor' were in the houseplant section so were 30% off but I already have one that for the last two years has been sitting around looking lovely but not putting on much growth at all. Maybe it wants more heat.
Ricki posted about her Kalanchloe behariensis in November. It's such a fuzzy and fun plant but it too stayed at the store.
One of my favorite bromeliads.Deanne's collection. At $35.00 it decided to be an addition to my picture collection rather than my plant hoard.
Silly Molbaks, these "indoor" plants grow outside!
Well, not this one. which is grown in hanging baskets with these huge fly catching, um, devices hanging down over the sides. This is a tropical pitcher plant and those each needs a little water to be added periodically and it must be in just the right light. It's fun and odd and would be fun to grow outside.
We packed up the Camellia, Sansevieria, and dogwood and headed off to lunch. I didn't realize how fragrant 'Yuletide' is but when we got back in the car, it smelled divine.
Happy Saint Agatha's Day (patron saint of breast cancer patients, martyrs, wet nurses, fire, earthquakes, and eruptions of Mount Etna.)