Tacoma Boys is one of those little fruit stands that kept growing. They started selling produce out of a tent on the side of the road in the late 80's and I got my first Tacoma Christmas tree from that tent! Now they have three locations with actual buildings, amazing produce, enough different kinds of fresh salsa to keep you eating a different one every day for a month, with their chips of course, one of the largest selections of wine around, a meat and seafood counter, cheese section and a great selection of specialty foods. Best of all, they encourage you to taste things before you buy them. There are always lots of great sale signs (pineapple 2 for 5.00, avocados 4 for 1.00 etc.)
Oh right, this is a garden blog. Hey, they also have tons of frost proof pots which are always "on sale" at two for one but if you just want one, they'll sell it to you at half price. Mkay, so why not just mark them at half the price to begin with? Anyway, this sign out front caught my eye!
Lots of pots!
There were a few interesting pots and even some that I didn't notice until I looked at my pictures that would work for me but for some reason, I was just not in the mood to schlep three big pots home in my car. I must admit to not understanding the pot pricing at this place. Some pots that one would think would be fairly expensive are not and vice versa. It doesn't seem to have much to do with glaze color or size. I also wonder if they perhaps marked some inventory up in preparation for the sale.
And because we never want to forget that we live in the soggy PNW, these boot planters can be a daily reminder during our dry season.
Tacoma Boys also carries plants with pricing as unpredictable as the pots! This beautiful Acer palmatum with no identification tag (guessing 'Peaches and Cream') in a five gallon pot and taller than I was priced at $100.00.
Four inch pots of aeoniums and echiverias were only $3.50.
Didn't price these but it was nice to see them.
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' ready to perfume the evening air in some lucky person's garden!
Alison from Bonney Lassie says that she loves shopping at Fred Meyer, our regional one-stop shop (groceries, hardware, housewares, garden, you name it) because she can disguise her plant spending as part of grocery expenses. I imagine that she likes Tacoma Boys for much the same reason! Well, that and T.B. also has great stuff!
What did you buy, you may be wondering to yourself. Well, I got four echiverias (It's NOT an addiction!) and quite a bit of nice produce. There are a few pots in the garage from last fall's sales that I'm not using so why drag more home? On the other hand, there were some unglazed pots that might work really well for additions to the danger gardenette...Perhaps I should go back.