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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, August 19, 2016

I Can Do That Nursery in 20 Minutes!

Loree and I had just left Xera and had only a short time before we needed to be back at the Danger Garden.  Would we have time to squeeze in one more nursery.  Portland Nursery on Starke isn't too far.  I said that since I knew the place pretty well, I could do that nursery in 20 minutes.  Loree replied, "I can do that nursery in 13 minutes" to which I responded, "Do that nursery!"  (Do you remember the game show "Name That Tune?")  So, with our time frame in mind, we zoomed through the nursery, each of us found a plant to purchase, I took a few pictures and we met back at the plant mobile with a minute to spare!  This worked for us because we know the nursery well but if you've never been, you should plan to spend at least an hour or two exploring this marvelous place.  See previous posts here.

Who doesn't love a sale? 

Masters of the combination pot, Portland Avenue is always full of great ideas.  

Cute pots!

Swoon worthy Rex Begonias.  

More bright combinations.  

Purple and green are always a good idea.  
 I'm digging this coleus this season.  Is it new?  Some grower has decided to feature it as I've seen it in a lot of nurseries lately.


I don't remember this wall being painted vibrant blue.  It's brilliant with the geraniums (pelargonium) displayed against it.

First chrysanthemum sighting of the season. Now they're everywhere.  I refuse to believe that it's that late in the summer already.


Like these cool cats, I'm choosing to believe that summer will go on until Christmas when I want exactly two days of snow followed by a warm spring.

Red and white in the shade house. 

Sweet hardy fuchsias.

Farfugium japonicum giganteum  caught my eye and a ride home in the plant mobile!

More fab foliage for shade. 

Seriously considered getting one of these candelabra-looking plants but didn't for some reason.  What was I thinking?

Thanks for joining us for a quickie at Portland Nursery.  Stay tuned for more of our Portland play date.

22 comments:

  1. What were you thinking? ;) I love that Farfugium japonicum giganteum you bought and probably need one too....

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    1. Thinking? Me? Makes my head hurt so I seldom do that. You do need a Farfugium japonicum giganteum! Go buy one ASAP!

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  2. Don't think I could do any nursury that fast. Grocery store, yes.

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    1. We have so many great nurseries in this region and we know the areas of this place pretty well so could just sort of dash past the annuals, take a cursory look in the direction of trees since neither of us has space for another one, etc. It was a fun challenge and better to do it quickly than not at all, right?

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  3. Click, click, click. Grab. Click, click, click, click. Whew!

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    1. Speed shopping is great fun. Leaves little time to fall in love with more plants for which one has no space.

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  4. Familiar nurseries are great for the quick fly-by run, but I think you're right -- I'd need a couple of hours at this place I think! Those lumpy cat statues: I NEED MORE INFO! Must have!

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    1. The lumpy cats were very appealing but cost a bit more than I wanted to spend. I bet that Portland Nursery would happily take your credit card information and ship them to you.

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  5. Loree told me about the 30% off sale. It's a good thing I don't spend time in Portland regularly anymore. I'm trying to reduce my indoor plants! (Only a little, though.)

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    1. I'm thinking that I should reduce my indoor plants a bit too. Problem is that I keep rooting fallen bits of things instead of throwing them away and of course buying a plant or two thinking that since I have a greenhouse now, I can find space. Yikes! The collection grows quickly.

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  6. I had a Farfugium japonicum for many years and it was always a favorite. Unfortunately, it needs regular water and has perished in the drought. It should do great in your garden!

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    1. It'll probably stay in a pot as most of my shade is pretty dry. Lovely thing it is.

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  7. Do a nursery in 20 minutes? Famous last words.

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  8. Impressed (and a bit out of breath from trying to keep up with you)!

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    1. It's okay, you can ride in the cart as long as you don't mind holding the plants.

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  9. I guess I'm just not a plant-a-holic. I went to a nursery this morning and didn't even look at plants. You, on the other hand, are incurable.

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    1. Oh Linda, not even looking at plants? Say it's not so. Yup, Plantaholica Incurabilis!

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  10. I can't believe how many photos you got in 12 minutes - with time to check out yet! I seriously doubt I've ever left a nursery or garden center in less than 30 minutes, even if I've been there less than a week before.

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    1. Just had to keep in mind what was yet to come.

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  11. Love those cats. They would definitely have come home with me - depending on the price. LOL.

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  12. Could it be true that I actually like those cat lumps!? Never would I think a cat related item would end up in my garden, but those could turn me :)
    I saw a few chrysanthemums today as well, and also saw two leaving the store on a cart. I was not pleased.

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