Our first stop was City People's Garden Store. You can see a post about a visit here that Alison and I made to this place last summer here. Part of the nursery was closed off as they're getting ready for the season to come. In just a couple of months those tables will be brimming with plant treasures of all kinds. This is an urban nursery very close to downtown Seattle. Notice all of the trees in the background? One more reason to love the Pacific Northwest!
There were lots of great plants to be found in the other areas! This Helleborus 'Golden Lotus' seduced me. There's always room for another hellebore, right? (That's helly o bore to you, Alison)
Cute combination in this twig trug. (try saying twig trug three times fast. Go ahead, we'll wait.)
Helleborus 'Amethyst Glow' really did seem to glow with that thin band of amethyst around the deep purple of the petals. Golden Lotus would have been lonely coming home alone. It was the right thing to do.
I've admired H. 'Onyx Odyssey' for some time now. I keep thinking that I have it so I didn't buy this one. When I get home and discover that I have a single very much like this, I kick myself for not buying it. This has happened more than once. Oh well, it was nice having a memory at one time. I think.
Among the other agaves displayed outside were these Agave x leopoldii. Are these hardy here?
Baby Yucca 'Bright Stars' with their pink winter coloring. I want them all!
I didn't get many pictures because of dodging raindrops the size of these cool glass eggs. Once inside, it took a while for the camera lens to loose it's layer of condensation. Lots of great house plants, including a nice variety of tillandsias and great garden and garden related merchandise populated the shelves of the mercantile part of the store that seems to keep going on and on.
Do all gardeners like birds? Do you?
Next up is Swanson's Nursery which is celebrating it's 90th year. When we visited, all perennials were on sale for 40% off!
I love me some pots!
Isn't it funny that once you become aware of a new variety of a plant, you seem to find it everywhere? Helleborus 'Anna's Red' is that plant for me this spring.
This combination is unusual and one I plan to
If the rain hadn't been falling so hard and sideways I could have spent more time exploring outside. Best to leave something for the next visit I suppose.
Popping inside the houseplant area to get out of the rain, we found a nice koi pond with active koi. Ours are in their winter barely moving, not eating time so it was a delight to se these indoor guys having a grand time!
Kangaroo paws. It's almost spring! The radio announced today that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting a warmer than normal spring and summer this year. The good news is that we have plenty of snow pack in the mountains to carry us through a dry season. The bad news is. Wait, there is no bad news! Heat loving plants rejoice, this is your year!
That being said, and it still being winter, there is an arctic air mass on its way down to us which is predicted to bring temperatures in the high 20's and snow in the lowlands from Saturday night - Monday morning. Really? Snow in March? We are not amused!
Plastic pots in black, various terra cotta shades, brown, and...chartreuse! Hmmm.
If you need a quick dose of saturated color...
Not the greatest picture but the combination of that heucherella and that tulip is outstanding!
I've been noticing Acorus gramineua 'Minimus Aureus' a lot lately. It's a baby acorus, is evergreen, has nice golden color, and doesn't mind a little foot traffic or shade. Must find a place for this cutie.
Helleborus niger 'Snow Frills' (yes, nigers usually aren't as strong here as orientalis but aint it purty?)
Palm lined parking lot. I look forward to visiting both of these fine nurseries again this year!
Across the street and up a block was this house. Interesting.
I wish you a weekend of favorable gardening weather!