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, June 7, 2018

We Needed Something at a Hardware Store

Funny, I don't even remember what it was we needed but it was on this trip to our local McLendon Hardware that I found the stove pipe planter and a couple of 18 inch ceramic spheres with fire-engine red glaze sold under the Chelsea Gardener label.  All ceramic items were 50% off and these seemed to have been priced too low to begin with so they somehow jumped into my cart.   McLendon has a year round nursery section that carries a nice variety of plants.  Here are just a few.

The evergreen section is especially nice and features plants from the wonderful Iseli Nursery in Boring, Oregon which is responsible for introducing a large number of coniferous delights.

Hydrangeas blooming a bit early. 

Brunnera macrophylla 'Hadspen Cream'  is nice but I still love the silver  foliage of 'Jack Frost' on the left.

Yucca filamentosa 'Ivory Tower' 

Lots of potted rose bushes in bloom. 

Pinus contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst' has spectacular golden new growth.  

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana imbricata 'Waterfall' was a serious temptation as it would look spectacular cascading over a pot but I have too many plants already so it stayed.

The thready evergreens were looking good to me for some reason.  

And...There's always an agave.   Just this one left from last year when they got a whole slew of them along with other succulents. 

Love this but it wouldn't work in my garden.  Perhaps you need to stop by and pick it up.

There it is again, Petunia 'Starry Sky,' a relatively new introduction which is quite eye catching.

Don't know the name of this petunia but it was new a few years ago and still seems quite popular.

Interestingly, Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso,' which was all the rage not so long ago is still around here and there but seems to be not so popular now.

Just when you thought that evergreen Lithodora covered with intense blue flowers couldn't be any more vibrant, they introduce one with gold foliage.  L. 'Gold 'N Sapphires'

Delphinium is a long time favorite of mine that used to grow very well for me in my garden in Alaska.  However, they've never liked any of my gardens here.
 Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival opens tomorrow in Everett.   If you're in Washington, do consider going as it's a great event that can fill an entire day with fun for everyone.  Click here for more information.


  1. Iseli evergreens at your hardware store? I hope you all realize how spoiled for choice you are. This is just amazing to me.

  2. I want to go there! I'd buy those hydrangeas in an eyeblink!

  3. I visit McLendon Hardware's garden center a few times a year to support a local business. Brunnera Jack Frost is one of my favorites and I didn't even know 'Hadspen Cream' existed... You can be sure I'll stop at the Renton McLendon before work to see if I can spy one.

  4. I like Jack Frost best too, but I have one Hadspen Cream in the dark northeast corner and it does brighten that area up. I was at Vassey yesterday and saw that gold Lithodora, it really stood out. There was a definite moment of "Ooooh, what's that?" I'm sure you're wondering, so I'll tell you -- I bought some Kent Beauty ornamental Oregano and a nice big Viburnum Mariesii, which is probably going to have to suffer through the summer in its pot and get planted in a bed this autumn (I had a coupon that expires on 6/30).

  5. Even your hardware stores are more exciting than ours...

  6. What Kris said. My hardware store sells 4" Aloe 'Vera' and dried out tomato plants. Or at least they have a little display of them out front. Not sure if they ever actually sell any.

    How could you possibly have "too many plants"?

  7. Who knows where you'll find such wonderful stock?!?

  8. Good thing I don't live near or I would be picking up the blue and white jar and several plants. I agree with Linda, you are spoiled.

  9. I used to work near the McLendon Hardware in Seattle’s White Center, let’s just say it was nothing like this!

  10. We went to Sorticulture today! I may even have a brief post of it eventually. I didn't take my camera, just my old, not fancy camera cell phone. We had a good time checking out everything and resisting most.

  11. Sounds like you couldn't afford not to buy that planter and the spheres. The best purchases are often unplanned.


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