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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.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day and Visiting Marbott's Nursery

Happy Independence day to everyone in the U.S. I hope you get to spend the day enjoying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!  This neighbor's house, all decked out for the holiday, is a delight.  


So, back in May, on that visit to Portland to have a plant play date with Loree,  I visited Marbott's nursery on the way to her house.  If I didn't need to visit another nursery, they wouldn't have put it right there on the way, right?

Marbott's is a long established (since 1930) Northeast Portland institution. An old fashioned nursery that grows much of what it sells, there's always something exciting happening!

Another bear sighting in Northeast Portland!

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous combination of foliage texture and color.  Hey wait, I have a burgundy Acer palmatum with a space at it's feet.

There are those who're really not fond of this plant and even call it names (Spider Mite Fatsia) but oh, that new growth is so amazingly white.


Tropical lovelies in the houseplant area. 

Woody wonders. 

Annuals a-go-go.

A small part of the geranium area.  

Succulent stone planter.

Speaking of succulents...

A few nice days had everyone excited for a while. 

For some reason, Delphiniums don't like my garden here.  In my Alaska garden they grew like gangbusters. Oh well, I don't have space for them anyway.

Columbine.



That's real moss, the one thing that adored our wet, cold winter and spring.

For some reason, I didn't take any pictures of the tuberous begonias.  The Marbott's Man (if you've visited, you know who I mean) and I had a delightful conversation about the 'nonstop' begonias all over the market these days, and the nice large tuberous begonias that used to be more widely grown. He gets seed from California and plants it in November to get blooming-sized plants by spring. They're glorious and a couple more came home with me even though all of mine from last year made it through the winter as pots of dirt in the basement.



Next stop:  Rare Plant Research.

26 comments:

  1. Happy Independence Day!
    What a wonderful place you have visited! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara. We're very lucky to have so many great nurseries in our region!

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  2. Happy Fourth! I want that mossy frog! Delphiniums don't like my garden either, but I've seen plenty in other gardens around here. What a bummer.

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    1. That frog would look great in your garden! Weird about Delphiniums not liking your garden either.

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  3. Gosh that day seems like months ago! (wait, it was...)

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  4. Happy 4th, Peter! I love that bear, not that my garden needs yet another faux stone creature...

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    1. Perhaps he'd scare away those pesky raccoons.

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  5. The home all decked out for the 4th with the large front porch: lovely. I don't have a Fatsia but those ghosty leafs are giving me a pause. What can I dig out to make room for this stunner... Happy Independence Day.

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    1. That Fatsia is a lovely thing but not quite as vigorous as the plain green or other variegated varieties in my limited experience.

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  6. Happy Fourth of July! That's a well-decorated house! I keep thinking about growing delphiniums, but balk because they seem like a fussier plant to me. My mother-in-law has them growing in her garden nearby, though, so I might give them a try at some point. Love the bear!

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    1. Seems to be one of those plants that either grows like gangbusters or sits there and withers away, gets powdery mildew or is eaten by slugs when it emerges in the spring.

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  7. Happy 4th. The neighbor's house is a blast. That Jp. maple/Fatsia combo is absolutely gorgeous. I tried Delphinium in my first garden but gave up on the. Generally they are not worth it in an area prone to tornadoes and wind storms.

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    1. Yes, tornadoes and wind storms wouldn't be kind to delphiniums.

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  8. Another wonderful nursery. Hope your 4th was a happy one.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks, I hope yours was a blast too!

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  9. Ahhh, nurseries in a place with a horticultural culture...and where it's mild more than extreme. The Fatsia I like, and we had our spring in winter this year! I need to visit a new nursery here, even though the big signs out front saying "palms", "oleanders", and something else overused have me underwhelmed already!

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    1. They might just be advertising what's popular and you'll find rare treasures inside. Fingers crossed.

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  10. Well, of course you had to stop! What a place! It's about this time of year that I think, gosh I really want to buy a few more plants ... but should I wait until next year? You are tempting me. ;-) Happy 4th!

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    1. It's always a good time to buy a few more plants:)

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  11. If I can't get to a plant nursery I know I can get my fix from your blog. Hope you 4th was a fun one!

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  12. So funny about that fatsia. I'm a fan when it looks like that, but mine is not even close and looks more like a victim of mites. Hope you had a great 4th, Peter. The celebrations here in Long Beach were off the charts for all-day explosions and people thronging to the coast for picnics/fireworks.

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  13. I love a good independent garden center. I've been trying to justify a road trip to try out something new and different, but there really isn't anything that is an easy enough drive for our toddler. Always nice to get my "fix" from here. LOVE the succulent planter and the mossy frog. It would have been hard not bring something home.

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  14. Happy Fourth to you! Love the mossy frog.

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