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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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Saturday at Jungle Fever

Every now and then, when Jerry, the proprietor of Jungle Fever Exotics Nursery, needs to be away, I get to play at the nursery.  Saturday last was one such day and I was thrilled to see so many improvements happening along with lots of groovy plants (as always!)

Ranunculus ficoria 'Double Mudd' from Xera Plants wanted to come home with me so I made sure to sell them all before the end of the day!

Oh the greens and golds of spring foliage!

Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis né Dicentra spectabilis) is such a photogenic creature.

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'  is one of those plants of which I have plenty but because I love them, have the urge to buy more when I see them.  Do you experience that urge with favorite plants?

Bergenia is a reliable workhorse of the garden with bold foliage that takes on burgundy coloration in the winter and has cheerful pink or white flowers in the spring.

Trifolium 'Jessica'   Looks like fancy clover to me.  Such pretty markings!

Tree ferns look a bit exposed with the winter thinning of the bamboo grove.  Fear not, new culms will be poking out of the ground soon!

My purple yucca never looked this grand and finally was given away.   Such a striking color and texture combination.



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 Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt.' 

Concrete tables o' fun.  



The large eucalyptus succumbed to one of our phormium-killing winters but has been left as sculpture.  So sad to see it perish as it was a beauty.

I'm always blown away by Jerry's creativity.  The orange handrails are his creation and ar made of concrete.



Come sit a spell.

If it's raining, come on into the greenhouse.


You may remember the sink from a previous post.  Jerry's added this sponge garden.  Is that fun or what?   If you're ever in the area, a visit to Jungle Fever is a must!

Namaste.


21 comments:

  1. What a fun post! Hope you didn't work too hard. Spotty Dotty is everywhere right now. I would be so tempted to bring plants home too. I love the sponge garden.

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    1. I never work too hard! Isn't it funny that Spotty Dotty sort of went away for a short time and is now back with a vengeance? The interesting thing about actually being there all day is that at first there's the urge to get lots of plants. I make a group of things that I'd like to take home on a table and get to consider them through the day and chat with customers about them. Usually by the end of the day, more plants from the group stay than come home with me.

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  2. Working in a nursery could be a dangerous prospect for you, but loads of fun.
    Acacia cognata is very appealing, as is the tree fern which I always coveted; both are wrong zone for me. The chartreuse bleeding heart on the the other hand is booming right on time! I say, Love the One you'r with!

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    1. You're right! Love the one you're with! That bleeding heart is a gorgeous plant!

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  3. Ah you've got me wanting to head to Jungle Fever!

    "but because I love them, have the urge to buy more when I see them. Do you experience that urge with favorite plants?"....YES! For the longest time I bought Hakonechloa every time I saw it for cheap. Now it's good prices on hardy Aagaves...

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  4. Another nursery for the Washington bucket list. It looks like a dandy one! What fun to get to help there - at a certain peril to your wallet, eh?

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    1. It's a great place to visit on your way to Point Defiance Zoo (to see the gardens.) Also, Point Defiance is where the Ferry to Vashon Island where you can visit Dig Nursery, grab lunch, drive to the other side of the island and grab a ferry to Seattle where the nursery adventures can continue!

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  5. Always such fun stuff there (seen through your posts only -- I've never been of course), but that Trifolium 'Jessica' is especially amazing! I'm pretty sure I shouldn't buy a plant that every herbivore in the area gravitates to though.

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    1. I'm going to see if it is as easy as the other clover that grows in my lawn. It would be a great addition if it can compete with the violets I'm trying to encourage to choke out the grass.

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  6. How do you manage to work there and not want to take everything home with you?!
    There were some really beautiful plants and it all must have been so tempting!

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    1. It helps that my garden is already too full. Tempting nonetheless!

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  7. We have driven by but never stopped. I guess we will have to remedy that.

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    1. Oh yes, it's definitely worth a visit!

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  8. You're a wonderful nursery tour guide, Peter! My purple yucca is doing OK, if leaning over quite a bit. It seems to pup as much as an agave tho.

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    1. Interesting. I thought they probably preferred your climate to our wet winters.

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  9. Did you spend every dime you earned while tending the shop? I expect I'd come home in debt if I'd been in your shoes.

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    1. We don't even play the pay game. Rather, we just tally the hours I work and the plants that came home with me.

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  10. I'm in love with the greenhouse floor! What a cool nursery - definitely need to visit next time we're up your ways!

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    1. Oh yes, do and give me a call - I'll meet you there!

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  11. Do you know if that Ranunculus is as noxious a spreader as the plain one? I spent the better part of this past weekend trying to rid it from two of my gardens.

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