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, May 11, 2018

Kathy's Corner is Packed Full

Or so the sign says.  Let's investigate, shall we? 

Good advice!

Oh yes, packed full of plants of all kinds!

I love the Sempervivums with webbing like this but for some reason, they seldom last long in my garden while the furless varieties thrive.

Oh the sunlight through these iris leaves.  These always remind me of my visit to Chava's garden where they grow beautifully.

Oh, to have space for another rhododendron.  'Fire Rim' is a beauty!

This visit took place in mid April and bulbs were still in full swing. 

One of the things I love about Kathy's Corner is that the shade plants are displayed in the shade of some rather fabulous old trees so you really get the feel of the plant in natural shade conditions.

Oh my, yes, I'd say the sign is quite accurate!

Table after table of veggie starts.  

 Smoldering  foliage of Gold Flame Spirea.  Hardy to zone 3!

Aeonium 'Kiwi' is such a pretty thing.  I envy those California gardeners who can grow this, and so many other succulents in the ground.

Let's sneak into the growing areas (I got permission) and get a glimpse of the future. I love that these houses are full of both new plants just starting their lives and also some of Kathy's personal collection. 

Lots of strings of pearls!

A new pelargonium with white variegated leaves.  These will be fun!

Just a dahlia but ain't she sweet?

Of course the Garden Geeks label made me take a second look.  Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings' was perfectly hardy for me here in a pot above ground.

Epiphyllum in bloom....sigh.

Rat tail cactus.

Billbergia nutans

Through greenhouse magic (and generous applications of water soluble fertilizer) these will soon be sumptuous hanging baskets o' beauty.

If you just believe, there's always an agave!

A few orchids.

Plugs of a lovely heuchera.

Clematis somethingorother.   

Kathy's also stocks a lot of great and somewhat unusual annuals.  Next time you're on the island, make sure you stop by and see for yourself.

Happy weekend all and happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!


  1. I am going right out looking for that Spirea. Well, after it stops pouring rain!

  2. That nostalgic poster on the wood stump is the best; $1for car and driver... Love it.
    No dahlia is "Just" a dahlia... that single petal blooms on black foliage is the bomb!

  3. Definitely chock-full of plants! Thanks for the look behind the scenes too.

  4. I was just about to say "but where's the agave?"...when bam! There is was. What did you buy?

    1. Just a Sempervivum and one or two other small things that I've forgotten. Already have too many plants.

  5. Got to love a packed full nursery! And just to echo Loree, where’s the plant haul pic? :)

  6. Nice! The Goldflame Spirea and the striped-foliage Irises are stunning. What a great idea to place the shade plants under the lovely, towering trees!

  7. I ordered that Senecio candicans from Annie's and planted it before the Fling -- bad timing! It made it through OK except for a snail attack, something of a rarity in this droughty garden. A bit of Sluggo was sprinkled and it's looking fine now. It might be my new fav for 2018...if it survives, knock wood. Thanks for the head's up on it.

  8. So "little" Vashon supports 2 nurseries! The grow house for this one was impressive. Your comment on webbed Sempervivum has me wondering if that type might fare better in my climate than the fur-less types.

  9. That is a huge and "packed" nursery! Wow!

  10. I can never seem to grow sempervivum of any sort. I love the webbed ones. I have only seen one type of this webbed one offered around here and it isn't the one you pictured. I like the reddish color with the web over it. You are so blessed to have so many nurseries to choose plants from. So large and so many choices. Mind boggling.

  11. Happy Mother's Day! What a beautiful dahlia and orchids. And orchids are one of my favorites, though I don't seem to have much luck getting them to thrive.


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