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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.

Friday, January 18, 2019

It's Indoor Plant Sale Time

Many garden centers in our region discount indoor plants in the month of January.  It's a great bridge between the holiday craziness and the spring rush.  Watson's is one of them and, since they're between home and the Sunday job, it's easy to stop in and see what's happening.   Come along and see if there's anything you can't live without. 

Beside the parking lot.  Look at that blue sky!

It's the time of year when evergreens are the stars of the show. 


While these are winter bloomers, anything in bloom can be counted as a sign of spring, right? 




It's sobering to think of the amount of work that goes into the nursery business.  Things are constantly being moved, planted, watered.  One of January's tasks is potting up the newly received bare-root roses.

 In just a few months these will be covered with blooms. 

Now, inside for the indoor plant sale.  

I've been eyeing these Kalanchoe delagoensis since they were covered with tightly closed buds.  Very tempting.

Indoor plants aren't the only things on sale.  There are many sale tables containing all manner of other merchandise as well.

Cacti and succulents.   Kind of sad to know that I already have one of each of these. Having a greenhouse is a dangerous thing.

 Truth be told, I'm not much of a houseplant person, it's just that so many of the outdoor plants like to spend the winter inside.


Staghorn ferns mounted on wood are lovely but they make me nervous.  Do they ever need to be re potted?  (Re wooded?)



Winter containers combining succulents and orchids.  How long can that marriage last? 




This bromeliad came home with me.  Yes, there are already a lot of these in the hoard but none like this one.  Because bromeliads have proven fairly forgiving of neglect on my part, they've won a place in my heart.

These are kind of cool and from the hardware on the back it looks as though they're meant to be hung on a wall.

Labeled "Fern" these were kind of cool. 

I love the color combination on these aglaonemas but they eventually want attention to look their best so admiring them at nurseries is best for me.

 More orchids and succulents.  

 The indoor plant sale continues through February 3.  Back out to the car with my new plant.


Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Everblooming Winter Flowers

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of helping a group of folks grow a different kind of flowers.   The class participants were so much fun that the time flew by and I forgot any disappointment at not spending a sunny day in the garden.  (Teaching the class gave me a great excuse to procrastinate a bit longer.)

It started with a bit of paper, some scissors,

Some inexpensive electrical conduit and some glass. 

Toss in a lot of creativity and a few hours.




Petals begin to emerge.





Before you know it, flowers are popping up everywhere. 

Lots of laughter, fun and a band aid or two and folks went home with a glass garden stake to enjoy. 


I've taught this class many times and no two flowers are ever alike. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of all 14 flowers but they were all tremendous.  

What other kind of flower gets planted and sends up blooms all in the same day?  

What a fun way to spend a Saturday!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday Vignette - Blue Skies and an Oak

All day on Saturday, I had the pleasure of teaching a class in which participants created a glass flower garden stake.  (More on that in a future post.)  During a break, I stepped outside to enjoy the cloudless sky and admire a very old native oak (Quercus garryana aka Oregon White Oak)
behind the classroom at Mandarin Stained Glass.   From Alison I learned that according to Celtic myth, on the hibernal solstice the Oak King regains his supremacy from the Holly King.  The golden winter sun shining on this oak certainly gave the branches a regal appearance.  Perhaps this was coronation day of the new king.

Depending which icons got pushed in the edit function on Google albums, the scene looks very different.

Filters of life experience  shape our views of reality.  






Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum and the Creative Flux.  Click over to her blog to see more.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day January 2019

On the fifteenth of each month our devoted host, Carol, at May Dreams Gardens gives bloggers all over the world the opportunity to share what's blooming in their gardens.  It's a great way to see what's happening in different climates and also becomes a handy garden journal.  After participating for several years, I can look back on bloom days from the same month each year and see if the feeling of things blooming earlier or later this year is just my imagination or not.  Anyway, click over to May Dreams Gardens to see blooms from all over the planet.

Here's most of what's blooming in my zone 8 Puget Sound region of Western Washington garden this January.

A hydrangea still holding on to some color. 

It's hellebore time!




Jasminum nudiflorum spits out blooms all fall and winter.

Not the most handsome rose at this time of year but a rose nonetheless. 

I thought this Mahonia was the same variety as the ones that have just finished blooming but it's just starting.  Great to have these in bloom as long as possible for the winter hummingbirds.

Okay, they're not flowers anymore but  Fatsia japonica  seed heads that look like flowers.

Garrya elliptica

Lonicera fragrantissima is another hummingbird favorite. 

Viburnum × bodnantense 'Dawn' 

I usually buy a few winter pansies to brighten the garden.  They do pump out a few blooms in the cold season but really take off in the summer.

This may not really count because it came home from our local everything store just a few days ago but it's bright and happy outside. 
Not pictured are Sarcococca and Kerria japonica which are also in bloom.  Earlier in the month, the first Camellia japonica popped open but it's gone now and no others are blooming yet.   What's blooming in your garden this month?