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, March 29, 2018

A Serendipitous Stop at Valley Nursery

After visiting the Heronswood plant sale and garden, I always visit nurseries in the area.  A nice young person directing traffic in the nearly full parking areas of Valley Nursery was a sign that something special must be happening.  Seems that we'd luckily happened upon the first day of their annual spring sale!  

Customers and workers alike were in a jovial mood, enjoying a warm dry day surrounded by plants.  Well, most everyone seemed happy.  This guy wasn't saying much. 

His Viking friend was equally stone-faced.

All sorts of things were discounted and some plants had really deep discounts.

Conveniently sized so that standard plastic pots can hang right inside. 

So much to see that it was hard to decide between shopping and taking pictures.  Dancing rodent topiary anyone?

So much color!

It's a good thing I didn't realize that this 'Bonfire' dwarf flowering peach is the one with gorgeous foliage I'd admired in one of Loree's posts or it would have come home with me.  I don't have space for another tree no matter how small or how beautiful the foliage!

Meanwhile, in the houseplant area...

So much prickly goodness!

These broken pot gardens are always fun.

Emerging peony foliage.  Oh to have space enough to grow more of these glorious things.

This wood-bodied pheasant was  50% off  and could hide in a back corner of a garden to surprise visitors but he decided to stay at the nursery for someone else to take home.

Um, well,  uh.  From Design Toscano comes Oktoberfest Otto, a slightly underdressed fellow. 

For those who prefer more refined garden helpers...

Either way, this is pretty good advice. 


  1. I still haven't made it up there. It's a long way to go for one plant, even if it is one I really, really want. They have so much other stuff here that looks good though. I kind of like those rat topiaries. Don't you think Otto belongs with your David? They're a match made in...well somewhere if not heaven.

  2. All that and no mention of what you did buy? Love those metal containers "sized just right" and wow! I've never seen one of those peach trees in bloom, crazy!

  3. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live in the PNW...

  4. It seems so strange to have a sale in the spring! Here you won't see price reductions until July...

    Some cool stuff there, but stop showing anything with beautiful big leaves please. Those plants just don't do well here for many different reasons, so I'd prefer not to know that they exist. Thank you.

  5. Honestly! I don't like every single picture you took. But obviously you had a very good time there.
    The weather here is no more cold, but still cool and I am not yet in the mood to hang around in nurseries.

  6. I agree with Kris... my bank acct. would be drained if I lived in the PNW!

  7. Wonderful place! I'd hyperventilate in this garden center...If I had been there I'd have bought peonies, the gorgeous Camellia debutante and the "refined" gnome that looks like out of some Cicely Mary Barker painting. Happy Easter!

  8. Oh my, how you can get out of a place like this without a purchase or two is beyond me. Too much fun.

  9. These nursery posts back to back are overwhelming. Next week's temps are cool enough that I am not rushing to get started in my garden.

  10. But what did you buy? Judy would have liked one or more of those chickens.


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