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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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Vignette: I Need a Name!

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum/The Creative Flux.  Click here to join the fun.

Ah summer.  Out on the sidewalk gazing up through the leaves of Tetrapanax, Magnolia macrophylla and bamboo, seeing blue sky. July could last forever.

Meanwhile, in the shady inner garden, the alien/gardener has sprouted wings but he still hasn't told me his name.  Any ideas?  Icarus and Daedalus come to mind.  Michael?  Gabriel?  Quasar?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer At Swanson's Nursery

A couple of weekends ago, after touring some Seattle Gardens we were only fifteen minutes from Swanson's Nursery so it made sense to stop by.  (It always makes sense to visit nurseries.)

Humphrey, the life-sized dinosaur is decked out in flowers for the season and is standing midst huge dahlias.  Just think of the damage a garden pest like this could do to one's garden.

Temptations abound. 



The vines are just getting started so we'll have to check back frequently to see the progress.  

Herbs and pots. 

Rieger Begonia, Elatior Begonia (Begonia x hiemalis) come in such gorgeous colors but I've never grown them.

Until 'Valentino stole my heart.  I'd admired this in my pal Alison's (The Bonney Lassie) blog in the garden of Charlene and Jim Hampton but had not seen them in person.  Then, here they were.  I've read that Riegers make great houseplants but don't appreciate drying out too much.  I'll really try to keep them going over the winter along with a few others I picked up on sale at our local everything store.

More begonias!  

I love it when nurseries create combinations that one could copy at home. 


Not interested in creating a seasonal combo pot?  Just grab one of these. 

Swanson's always has a lot of very well done combo pots!

Oh, those delphiniums.  Sigh.  

Off to the shady side. 

Hosta 'Zebra Stripes'   


A fernless fern table. 

A great variety of fern offerings. This is only a fraction of the fern area. 

Oh, look a stunning  Persicaria 'Silver Dragon'  It looks so cute in the pot and the color is wonderful but  the microcephalas tend to be a bit thuggish in my garden so this beauty stayed.


Love that plant stand.  One of these days, I need to learn to weld!

Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset' (Looks more like 'Orange Blaze' to me)   Oh that gorgeous color!


The purple color of Opuntia 'Santa Rita' could make one fall hard for this one.  Oh those glochids -  sometimes love hurts.

And, as Loree says, "There's always an Agave." 


Well, hello there handsome. 

Summer fun?  The teepee seemed to be quite a hit with the kids. 

Pinus sylvestris 'Bialogon'  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the space to grow every cool conifer one came across?

Yucca rostrata and Dasylirion.. 

Probably best not to venture back there. 

Stachyurus yunnanensis has silvery evergreen foliage, red stems and pinkish new growth.  Oh yeah, it blooms too.  What's not to love?

With dark burgundy foliage and these fantastic blooms, more pink than they appear here.  Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori'  jumped into my cart.

Hypericum 'Red Star'


Inside stuff. 

Look back there, I think that's Tephrocactus geometricus.  What a surprise to see it here.

Humphrey's relatives?




 One always has to visit the koi.

Another winning combination. 

Annual madness.

Time to take our purchases to the check out building where the sale shelves are located.  I contemplated buying one of these for a Monday vase but didn't.


Time to go to the parking lot and load the plantmobile.  

Monday, July 16, 2018

In A Vase on Monday/Foliage Follow Up - Size Matters

In A Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to see what others are putting in containers today.

Foliage Follow Up is hosted by Pam at Digging.  Click here to join the foliage fiesta.

After my garden open on Saturday, I decided to go visit another garden on Sunday and do a little retail therapy.  Air-conditioned stores are a great place to spend a 90 degree day.

This rather large ceramic doughnut made me laugh out loud and since it was on a clearance table, it had to be mine.  It's designed to hang on a wall and has a slot so that it could be used as a coin bank. (for doughnut money perhaps?)


Then I thought of this cup and saucer planter that had been sitting, unused for years, in the greenhouse.

After a day of fun in the sun, I was as tired as this normal-sized teapot would be trying to fill such a large cup.

Here's the foliage-follow-up part.  I have Heuchera 'Sweet Tea' in the ground that would have been perfect but instead H 'Forever Red' which was still in it's nursery pot had to stand in.

Stopping by the Everything shop to pick up some groceries on the way home, the potted lilies were marked down to less than one would pay for a bulb so a few had to come home with me.  Maybel they'll actually get put in the ground. Anyway they joined the party.

After doing a bit of planting, a potted begonia took the place of the heuchera and lilies and I was ready to sit down for a while but where?

Here in a favorite chair?  Hmmm. I guess size does matter.