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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.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Random Friday

Cyclamen hederifolium and coum from Bouquet Banque at the Heronswood sale.  That's a lot of cyclamen!


I brought home some of these silver-leaved bauties.

Others had larger aspirations. 

A glimpse into the woods near Sundquist Nursery.

Some of my favorite natives, moss, Polystichum munitum (Western Sword Fern) and Oxalis oregana. All delightfully evergreen!

More from Sundquist.

So many luscious layers.


Cool broken pot at Vassey.

Pink Cordyline at Henry Hardware in Kingston.

A couple of huge pots of this labeled only Agave parryi  were also spied at Henry Hardware.  Yes, Loree, there's always an agave. Look at that marvy variegation!

Finally, a dear friend posted this on facebook. Raise your hand if you're a real gardener.

GrowVeg's photo.


28 comments:

  1. You do love your cyclamen, don't you? That broken pot planted with semps is a fabulous idea, but I suspect it will be difficult to water here where we don't get long, light rains too often. (This is the last year I'll grow anything in a strawberry pot -- too difficult to keep hydrated!)

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    1. We seldom get rain during the summer so watering pots is almost always necessary.

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  2. Happy Random Friday! Those Cyclamen purpurascens smell so wonderful. Glad you pointed that out to me.

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    1. Glad you like them. Unfortunately, they grow so close to the ground that we'd have to crawl around on hands and knees to smell them.

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  3. Oh, lucky you who got to visit Sundquist Nursery! I always like to talk to Nils at the YGP show. Did you know he speaks Swedish? But, besides that - he always has really great stuff. :)

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    1. I didn't know that he spoke Swedish but do like his plants! Unfortunately, he'd set up tables in the parking area of a Montessori school below the nursery (on the same property) so we didn't get to poke around the other parts of his garden or see what was in all the greenhouses visible in the distance.

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  4. Did I spy Bigfoot off in the distance in that forest shot?

    And the agave....oh my!!! Want!!! You bought one for me right?

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    1. Wow, you saw it too?

      The agave were in nice big pots and there were pups a go go stuffing them but the sixty five dollar price tag had me contemplating snapping off pups for each of us. (Accidents happen all the time, Delores!)

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  5. That is the best use of a broken pot I have seen to date.

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  6. I am with Ricki, the broken pot with Echeveria is too cool! Wondering how close to 10,000 I am getting?

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    1. My guess is that you're probably pretty close!

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  7. Tom would love to have that silver cyclamen to add to his collection.

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    1. Bouquet Banque does mail order via computer or over the phone. They're in Marysville and are open by appointment. Might be a fun field trip.

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  8. I probably should raise my hand but who keeps count?

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    1. I like to forget all the plants I've bought and killed!

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  9. Yes, I know just the spot for all those beautiful cyclamen! It is a real bonus when you find a late summer garden attached to a nursery.

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    1. It was a nice surprise to find the garden!

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  10. Too many mistakes later, I gave up being a real gardener. I buy from a list, with a spot to plant designated.

    Rooted cuttings are another story. I gave away 4 Angel Trumpets this morning to someone who will plant 3 and give one away. I gave her grandson a handful of sprouted Burro Tail sedum leaves to put in one of the cutting pots after they plant those. Never too soon to encourage a six-year-old to grow plants.

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    1. You've got great impulse control! I always discover plants that are new to me and want to try them

      You are the queen of rooting cuttings and sharing them!

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  11. The Oxalis carpet is fab. Love that broken pot; it's beautiful and I repurposing, but would prefer my pots not to brake (too pricey). I just added a silver leaf cyclamen to my garden. I keep it in a small pot for now so I can lift it to my nose rather then crawl on my belly to get a whiff.

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    1. You're right, it's best if pots don't break! Brilliant idea to grow a cyclamen in a pot! I'm going to copy that idea!

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    1. When you move out west, you'll get to enjoy mossy trees every day! :)

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  13. The cyclamen are great, I love the silver coum especially and would likely of also cracked open the wallet for one or two.
    I'm going to slowly raise my hand as well. I haven't reached the ten thousand mark but then again I've never been brave enough to try counting.

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