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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, August 29, 2017

Saturday Afternoon at Jungle Fever Exotics Nursery

Every great once in a while Jerry, the owner of Jungle Fever, takes a few hours off and I get to play at the nursery.  Since it's a dream of mine to work at a nursery in retirement or own one if I ever win the lottery, it's a real treat to step in and get to chat with people about the wonders of plants.  Of course the camera came with me.  Here's a sliver of what's to be seen at this magical place, a unique mix of unusual plants and garden art. While the nursery has changed over the years, the cool vibe remains constant.


Spiky temptation.

I have one of these that Darlene, Jerry's former partner, started before she died.  Perhaps this winter, I'll get around to finishing it.

Jerry  has found quite a few of these painted rocks on his walks.  They're part of the Tacoma Rocks project inspired by the Kindness Rocks Project.

While it may have started with just a few folks, there are now all kinds of people painting rocks and hiding them for others to find, keep or re hide. I've even found a couple in my parking strip.


You never know who might be watching you here. 






One of the things I love about the nursery is that it feels like walking through a garden except here, it's not considered poor form to pick up a plant that you like and take it to your own garden.


My Mahonia gracilipes reliably blooms but has never produced berries.  Do you suppose they have better fruit set with two?  One of these berry-laden beauties came home with me to test the hypothesis.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' is a bright spot in a shady corner. 

While I resisted the cacti, in addition to the Mahonia, a couple native Adiantum pedatum (Northern Maidenhair Fern) came  home with me along with a Clematis and a Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty.’


It's a pleasure to spend several hours poking around as there are so many plants that it's easy to miss a treasure or two in just a short visit.

A new batch of carnivorous plants from Courting Frogs had me drooling but I already have quite a few.




Jungle Fever was the first place in the area that used bowling balls extensively throughout their space about 15 years ago.

Jerry's image on an independent film festival poster can be seen to the right of Buddha. 
What a fun afternoon!

23 comments:

  1. What a treat. I loved the orange hand rails!

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  2. If you ever had a nursery I can picture it very similar to this with the all the art and quirkiness mixed it. And it certainly does feel more like a private garden than a business.

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    1. This place has been an inspiration to me.

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  3. The Tacoma Rocks project is special. On my last family visit back east, my sister and me took a rock painting class: it an extremely therapeutic activity. Hiding them for others to find is magical, I love the idea.
    I can easily see you having your own nursery; would you be able to part with plants or get too attached?

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    1. Oh, I'd be able to part with lots of plants!

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  4. Are the orange rails on the steps new? I don't remember them. Glad to know you're still hauling home plants. It gives me hope that I'll never stop either...

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    1. Jerry put in new concrete steps and the orange handrails last year or the year before when the wood ones needed replacing.

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  5. I hope one day you get your retirement/lottery dream. You'd be the best at it, you're such a plant buying enabler. Also -- he has Mahonia gracilipes there? I've been wanting one. I didn't even think to check out Jungle Fever.

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    1. Working in a nursery in retirement would be fun. He does have Mahonia gracipiles!

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  6. I want that gargoyle in my garden!

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  7. Wonderful plants and gargoyles too! I love the mosaic head at the top of the post and the last photo left me wondering what I can do to encourage people to drop coins with my Buddha - I could use another source of funding for plants and I'm sure Buddha wouldn't mind sharing...

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    1. Let's see, maybe you could put out a sign asking for contributions and put some seed change on your Buddha.

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  8. Cool stuff and the plants are outstanding. If Jerry needs a little sales boost all he has to do is have you work a few hours. ;) I would be broke when I went home.

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    1. Surprisingly, those were the first plants that I've bought since early in July. (Well, if you don't count that one mail order thing.)

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  9. Cool spot. I agree with Lisa, Jerry comes out ahead by hiring you for an afternoon. ;)

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    1. The nursery is only minutes from my house so I have to stay away as much as possible.

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  10. This is definitely your kind of place, Peter!

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  11. Ah...this place sounds like unque beauty near you my friend!
    loved the different plants and buddha's statue .

    really inviting images you put here

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  12. Love the rocks, but faces in the garden kind of freak me out. Too many scary movies as a kid I guess. I would go broke if I lived close to there. I love seeing the different plants from what we have here in FL.

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  13. I love the painted rocks. I found one a work recently and had to have a coworker educate me about what it was. Thank goodness her daughter keeps us all current.

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  14. These works made of stone are beautiful.
    I loved the pictures.
    There are always good ideas that we can adapt in the garden.
    Good entry for the month of September.
    Hugs
    Janicce/Brasil

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