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, April 26, 2018

Portland Nursery Hopping #2 Portland Nursery, Stark Street

Portland Nursery has two locations and after Hortlandia, I visited both.  Today, step into a springtime paradise with me at the Stark Street Location. This place is always overflowing with great plants exquisitely combined.  I won't talk a lot today so you can simply soak in all the color!

Isn't it nice to know that if you forgot to plant bulbs in the fall, you can always pick them up already blooming?  Cheating has it's price, though as bulbs are much less expensive than blooming plants.

Oh to have space for one of those circular arbors in my car and garden...

Hosta la vista, baby!

One could get sappy about the maple selection.  

Hey man, let's get some grass. 

Give a hoot.

Don't pollute.

Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Pearl'

Even at 50% off in the clearance area, these were a bit pricey for me. 

Abies Pinsapo 'Glauca' always looks so cute at this time of year. 

The inside jungle featuring macrame plant hangers.  (Say it ain't so.)   At least the new iteration doesn't feature those big ceramic beads with splotchy contrasting colored glazes. 

Let's face it, there's something for just about everyone here.

As Loree says, "There's always an agave."  As I usually counter, "There's always a begonia too.  One seldom sees them together.
Table after table of healthy, well-grown plants delighted but I didn't find anything I couldn't live without  on this visit. 

Also, for a good time, go here and scroll down to the third offering.  Alison (Bonney Lassie) had an idea about the two of us leading a discussion about garden blogging and guiding participants through the process of creating their own blogs.  I'm glad she roped me into this as it should be fun.


  1. My God those tulips! I am burning with envy! I could go bankrupt buying tulips if I live there.

  2. I just have to laugh at the macrame. Been there etc. But what an gorgeous nursery. You could figure out color and texture form combos with everything blooming instead of the guesswork that I always use.

  3. This is why visiting nurseries never gets old: those vignettes of shapes and colors are so perfect at this one glorious moment in time. In our own gardens shrubs grow, flowers fade... but in the nursery everything is always perfect.
    Abies Pinsapo 'Glauca'. WOW.

  4. "Cheating has it's price"... so true...

    Have fun on Saturday, I wish I could be there to document the day.

  5. Such a bright, colorful, and pun-filled post! I keep hearing how macrame is making a come-back, but not for me. The color on that Abies is amazing. Looking forward to Saturday!

  6. Beautiful color arrangements. I like the photo with half a fat dog in it.

    The Abies is something!

  7. Another great nursery! You sure do know how to find them.
    Good luck on your garden blogging workshop this weekend!

  8. So many lovely plants - the dark pink parrot tulips caught my eye.
    Sounds like you'll have a blast at your workshop. I bet you'll have a good crowd - good luck!

  9. Heck, I still have a macrame hanger. Actually my husband's Mother made it. I guess that is why he kept it all these years. I have used it a few summers. Funny now they are back in vogue.

  10. I was hoping to get my own tulip fix here by buying some flowers in pots but my local garden centers didn't even offer them this year. I love the Abies (also something you don't see here).

  11. Garden nursery hopping in Portland: Sounds like great fun! To this day, I'm still sad I couldn't make it to the Fling that year. I think I had a graduation or something. Would have loved to have visited. Looks like Portland is in full spring display mode! :)

  12. What a fun nursery! The kind of place that would put a spring in your step!


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