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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy All Hallows Day/ Dia de los Muertos

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Allhallowseen (AKA Halloween.)  At Watson's Nursery earlier in October, I took some pictures to use later but the month got away from me so here they are now.

I love looking at the displays at places like this to get ideas.

All of these displays are now dismantled and the last of the spooky decor is on the discount tables.  A bit of harvest/Thanksgiving stuff remains but for the most part, Christmas is taking over, trees are being decorated and featured fragrances are leaning toward Frazier Fir and Gingerbread.

It's fun to look back a couple of weeks.  
 I love Christmas as much as anyone but I think that Halloween and Thanksgiving are even more fun in some ways.

While Watson's collection of giftware, decor, and stuff has grown tremendously, one of the things that I admire is that  both indoor and outdoor plants remain an area of focus year round.

We're so lucky to live in a region where conifers are not the only options for winter interest. 

Although, they're quite varied and beautiful!

A kind worker saw me peeking into one of the working houses to get a glimpse of these agaves and asked if I'd like a tour.  Swell!

While Watson's doesn't start or grow on a lot of it's stock anymore, they still produce some.  Here we see some of next year's fuchsia baskets in their infancy.  
BTW, I got one of the agaves later during the 40% off sale on all perennials. 


  1. Watson's displays are super, plants as well as seasonal. My nod to Halloween was to carve carrots into little pumpkin slices. Thanksgiving is all about the food, too.

  2. I like Halloween best of all the fall/winter holidays, better even than Christmas. I mean, children in costumes come to my house unbidden, stay for only a few moments and then go away again! Who wouldn't love that? If I bothered to decorate for any of them, I'd decorate for Halloween. Hope you had an enjoyable Halloween, both at home and at work.

  3. I wish Halloween stuck around a little more. Massive decorating effort gone so quickly. There are a few gems in these photos, like the giant white ceramic pumpkin or the metal jack-o-lantern garden stakes. October has gotten away from me too...

  4. For some reason, I'm always slow to get my Halloween display up and then I'm loathe to take it down. Christmas decorations, on the other hand, appear all too early and have the annoying side-effect of also pushing plants out of the way in garden centers to make room.

  5. It's 70 degrees and gorgeous here so it seems more like Sept. than Nov. But it's always the right time for crow/bird art and a look at swaths of plants.

  6. Oh how I hate to see October go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reiqwbo4b7Q
    Barry Manilo -"When October Goes"

  7. Replies
    1. Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston' because there's always room for one more of those, right?

  8. Love the Plumbago growing so lushly in that display.

  9. Good place to get your goblin on.


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