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, November 14, 2017

Falling into Watson's

Watson's is another nursery in our area that does holiday decorations in a big way.  I'll save the parade of Christmas decor for a later post but there's  still a lot of great autumn treasure to be found. 

Pumpkins/gourds/squash at 50% off.  Great buys for Thanksgiving decorating and eating.

A great buy on chrysanthemums.  These tend to be annuals in my garden.

Love the cheerful and long lasting orange lanterns of Physalis alkekengi.  These plants are on sale for 50% off.

Hops were an important crop in the agricultural development of the Puyallup Valley in which Watson's is located.  They make an attractive wreath.

Bright red something or other with proteas and pussy willows was an eye catching combination.

Succulents and cacti are still riding the wave of popularity and people are finding all kinds of fun ways to display them.

While I'm mostly a single plant per pot kind of guy, these pumpkin arrangements tug at my heart.  They're long lasting and the plants can be reused later.

 So lovely and a great holiday plant alternative to poinsettias.

Orchids are interesting flowers but have never been a favorite.  If I lived in a tropical climate and could grow them on tree branches, I might have a collection. 

What a bright orange color.

No velvet pumpkins this year; these fun velvet mushrooms popped up instead.

Really digging the wreath creations this season. 

Ah berberis, soon your colorful leaves will be gone.  It was great while it lasted.

Time to start planning for winter color. 

After all that season is just around the bend. 

I hope you're enjoying autumn and if you're in this region, I hope you weathered the wind and rain storm unscathed.


  1. So many treats waiting to go home. I'd take the lady slipper orchid and that hops wreath. Hops were also a big crop here given our German/brewing history. But they look great as a decoration like that.

  2. I didn't purchase a singel pumpkin this year, but I can't pass up those pumpkin-succulents set up. I feel motivated, just in time before winter hibernation mode sets in.

  3. Every time I see Physalis alkekengi for sale it's bound up like it's being tortured. Not a great advertisement for that plant.

    Velvet mushrooms! That's a new one for me...

  4. The velvet mushrooms are fun! Looks like they used real pumpkin stems on them. Those Bromeliads certainly are colorful, and you're right, a great alternative to Poinsettias.

  5. I love those velvet mushrooms! I really like the succulent-planted pumpkins too but I can't imagine that the succulents would deter the blasted squirrels from tunneling through them in no time.

  6. What a joy for my eyes! It still looks wonderful like autumn in your area. I love Japanese maple trees! I hope you stocked up with pumpkins there! :) I still have some Hokkaidos from my own harvest at home.
    Now autumn is nearly over in my area.

  7. Thanks for holding off on the Christmas stuff for a while (restraint seldom shown in the marketplace) and focusing on the beauty of fall.

  8. It seems like around here everyone goes straight from Halloween to Christmas. (My neighbor strung lights last weekend (and lit them, of course.) November gets short shrift. I wish more focused on gratitude and Thanksgiving - we have much for which to be grateful.

  9. Very nice--it looks like Thanksgiving there. Very festive! Those succulents are nicely arranged. And I love the cabbages with the asters!

  10. My daughter gave me a gourd with succulents glued to it for Thanksgiving last year. I still have the succulents. Amazing that those little plants survive such treatment and later thrive. I love seeing so much fall beauty before the Christmas rush begins. Bravo.

  11. What a beautiful place to visit! I really like the wreath with lotus pods! a wonderful idea! As for Orchids I've never been a fan of them, for more than 20 years there was an Orchid nursery only about three streets from my house and I never visited it... I am deeply infatuated with temperate climate plants, my zonal denial is severe.

  12. Wszystko takie piękne, cieszy moje oczy! Pozdrawiam!

  13. "So lovely and a great holiday plant alternative to poinsettias."

    Brilliant thought, Peter. I hope it becomes A Thing, because it would be a good one.

  14. OK, what on earth is that orange flower?


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