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.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - December 2018

Once again, the fifteenth of the month is upon us and it's time to take stock of what's blooming in our gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, the popular meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.  Click here to see what's blooming in gardens around the world.  Thanks, Carol, of continuing to host!  Here's most of what's blooming in my USDA zone 8 western Washington garden this month.  We recently had a few days with lows in the 20's and it's been interesting to note the warm and cold spots in the garden.

One brave dianthus.  In the cold, blooms last much longer. 

Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn' will be blooming all winter. 

Frost?  What frost?  Abutilons were not bothered at all. 

Mahonia nearing the end of it's blooming season.

 Jasminum nudiflorum

Pineapple sage outside under the eaves of the greenhouse benefited from the extra warmth there. 

In the greenhouse...

Butterworts (Pinguicula) seem to bloom without end.  

Impatiens niamniamensis 

Back outside.

I thought that the fuchsias would be goners for the season but not so much. 

Fatsia japonica


Nope  (well, maybe.) 
I didn't take pictures but most of the tetrapanax buds are now drooping but there are a couple of plants whose buds are erect and may just bloom.

What's blooming in your garden during this dark time? 

I'll leave you with this wish for you and the world this holiday season:

If, like me, your Finnish isn't so great, here's an English Translation:

Peace of Mind 

Only two Christmas presents, 
only two I'd wish for 
  Just a small moment to take a breather
 and definitely peace of mind   

I only wish for Christmas magic
 I wish our hearts don't worry 
at least for a while
 and Christmas brings that hopeful moment

   If only with the mild night wind
 Christmas would bring once again 
some peace of mind
 to this confused world of ours   

Why should I wish for gold
 more unneeded odds and ends
   Would those bring
 that moment of rest 
which feels like forgiveness

Getting out of the Rain - Inside Watson's

Yesterday we wandered outside Watson's in the rain; today, we'll look inside.  Interesting to see these arrangements with cut roses in them.

They're baaack.  The velvet pomegranates once again caught my eye but at $90.00 a pop one won't come home with me.  I bet I could make a few myself...

Ho, ho, ho!

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found.

These pots were attractive but the more I looked at them, the more they looked like kleenex boxes. 

Orchids everywhere.

And, of course, quite a few of these.

These were labeled simply "Hoya."  I've never seen one with foliage like this before.  

The pianist was away at the moment.

They've got you covered in the tree department!

I thought that I'd seen all the holiday stuff already but they just keep adding more.

Interesting vase.  Not $300.00 worth of interesting but fun to see. 

Some years I'm attracted to everything;  other years I look forward to it all going away to make room for plants.  This year falls into the latter category. 

In some cultures, chrysanthemums would never be brought into one's home as they're associated with death.   The mum/poinsettia combo is pretty colorwise but the significance of birth and death together adds a bit more meaning.

Oh, so cute. 

Are there genies in those bottles? 

Love the big gold fatsia leaves.

An idea for a Monday vase. 

Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.

Yet another interesting way to present forced paperwhites.  Forcing vase, napkin ring and boom. 

Have you decorated for the season?  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Stopping by Watson's on a Soggy Sunday

We'll take a look inside the nursery in another post but today let's see what's happening outside.

There is no shortage of fabulous evergreen plants that we can enjoy in our gardens in this area and Watson's offering is impressive.

Camellia sasanquas in bloom punctuated the greens.  

The shade house is used to display cut trees.  No fear of the shade plants getting too much sun at this time of year.

Primula vulgaris.

Hooray for Hellebores.  Winter bloomers reassure us that spring is near (after three more months of winter, that is.)

The reindeer have arrived!

A non-melting snowman (person - how does one know?)

He went that way!

Oh yes, the other reindeer are here as well.  Looks like they're resting up for the big night.

If I had space for more trees, this one, Malus 'Purple Prince,' would certainly have come home with me.  Look at that beautiful bark.

Not to mention the handsome crabapples. 

The tag shows gorgeous fuchsia-colored spring bloom as well.  Oh well, in my next garden...

I really liked these hanging things that would be great all winter long. 

I've got enough stuff kicking around the garden to put one together.  Maybe over break that'll happen.