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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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Meanwhile, Back to that Saturday in Portland...Garden Fever Nursery

Garden Fever is another cool Portland neighborhood  nursery.  Loved this twig wreath hanging outside.

Tillandsia fever is alive and well here!  The inside of the shop is a treasure trove of fun, funky, and beautiful garden and home decor, plants, seeds, bulbs, etc. Because they prefer that photos not be taken inside, I can't show you more but believe me, it's definitely worth a visit!

The outside areas are divided nicely which makes the nursery seem huge.


One has to admire the velvety richness of anemones blooming so early in the year!


Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset' was a new variety to me.  How great is that?  It looks like a miniature phormium.  

Magnolia stellata is a favorite this time of year.

Metal planters and bugs.  
I was delighted to find Camellia 'Black Opal' grown by Gossler Farms here and also bought some purple and chartreuse glass chunks.  I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Garden Fever!

26 comments:

  1. Garden Fever! Brings back great memories your post. We even have garden fever tattoos ;)

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    1. We'd all like to hear the rest of that story!

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  2. I didn't know they preferred no pictures inside, I took a bunch when I was there and no one said anything. I didn't see those metal triangular planters, I love them! That is a nice Libertia too, great colors.

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    1. It wasn't until I went upstairs, was probably close to someone's office, and was going to take a picture from the balcony looking down that anyone said anything. I totally respect and even understand their preference and will surely return as they have great stuff!

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  3. I've been going there forever--and didn't know about the pictures policy. Wonder why? Just as puzzling as watermarked photos...

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    1. I don't think it's a hard and fast policy as the very nice woman said that they usually don't allow photographs inside the building, not that they never allow them. I almost always ask before taking pictures of anyone's business but failed to do it this time. It's a tough business to be in and they have quite a diverse selection of merchandise which could be pirated by a competing business. They've worked hard to create something and don't want it to be copied. I get it, they don't want all of their displays all over Pinterest or other such sites to be freely copied.

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  4. I'm sorry your photo taking was curtailed, I've heard of others who were asked to stop too. Odd. I know I've taken a million there over the years. I wonder if mine were just always outside?

    Glad you found some things to buy!

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    1. It was not a big deal, I just felt bad that I'd not asked permission. It's a fun neighborhood nursery with reasonable prices so I'll certainly be back!

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  5. Looks like they have some great stuff! Wish I could have seen what they had indoors, as perhaps that would have convinced me to stop by next time I'm in town.

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    1. They do have great stuff indoors and out. I don't mind complying with any business owner's request not to take photographs (there have been others.) Having owned a business myself, I know how much work, both mental and physical, goes into putting something interesting together and keeping it fresh for return customers. If they prefer no photos, I totally get it and am happy to comply.

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  6. I was looking to replace a potted Yucca by the front door. I think Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset' would do nicely, if I can find it. The anemone is indeed lovely. I wonder why it's not more widely used, and for that matter why I've passed it by all these years. Do you have any in your garden?

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    1. The Libertia would be great but it's only about a foot tall so don't know if it'll work for you or not. I love anemones and used to grow them as short lived things in Alaska. They bloom between daffodil and tulip time and have lovely foliage but I don't see them used all that often here nor do I have any in my garden. Maybe I should try a few this fall and see what happens?

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  7. Such a great, urban, garden shop! I second the recommendation to visit :) Bummer they asked you to stop taking photos..yeesh..do they know what a fabulous blogger you are?? :)

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    1. It is a fab place and I loved it! No harm, no foul about the pictures as I totally respect their preference. Perhaps they want to maintain a bit of mystique about what's inside? Thanks for the kind words!

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  8. Ooh. Just love the Libertia. Will be on the lookout for that now. :)

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    1. It's beautiful but I'm still very fond of the solid gold Libertia which glows!

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  9. When I asked about taking pix for a blog, they sent me straight to the owner and she said to go ahead as long as I didn't include any sale items. Once again, it pays to go straight to the top where decisions are made. New hirees go by the book but the boss is free to fire from the hip. I'm sure she knows that "there is no such thing as bad advertising", even if she doesn't know the power of Peter's Seal of Approval.

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    1. It's all good. I'll remember to ask next time.

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  10. I've never seen Libertia before. I was all excited until I saw that it wants moist soil. Bummer!

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    1. Seems like everything says that it wants moist soil but can tolerate less once established.

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  11. If all the nurseries that you visit knew how well you featured them on your blog, they would be thrilled to let you take photos!

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    1. It's a personal preference thing and is totally understandable if people don't want their businesses photographed. This place was great, pictures or not!

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  12. Gah! How did I miss Garden Fever while I was there last summer? I need to make another trip.

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    1. Oh yes, Pam, come back! I'll meet you in Portland and we can hit every nursery in town and head on up to Washigton!

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  13. Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset' is Zone 7. (I Googled it.) Now I think I need to have it. You always do this to me, Peter. :)

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    1. You know how plant addicts are, always happy to fuel the flames of plant lust!

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