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, May 8, 2018

What's Jumping at Jungle Fever?

Driving round to the parking lot of Tacoma's Jungle Fever Nursery for the Adventurous Gardener, the fabulous new purple, teal, and orange gates really pop out of the foliage!

Feeling adventurous?  Let's go in, shall we? 

Jerry, JF's owner, celebrates all phases of the garden.  These cool Tracycarpus berries were tastefully displayed in several areas.

It was at Jungle Fever that Ciscoe Morris (Northwest garden show host, author, and all around plant enthusiast) and I first saw grevilleas growing and for sale in our area.   'Canberra Gem' with rosemary-like foliage is in full bloom right now.

What's everyone looking at? 

Plants, that's what!

So much to see!

You can't see it in this picture but the head and footboards flank a water feature making this a waterbed.

Exotic, fun, and funky as always, there's something for everyone.

It's not all big-leafed hardy exotics, there are also pretty flowers and a great selection of unusual plants of all sorts.

Got bugs?  We'll eat them for you!

Langley Fine Gardens grows a lot of hard-to-find vines, perennials, and annuals and Jungle Fever is one of the few nurseries in the area that carries plants from this groovy grower.

Ooh, this Osteospermum is much darker than it appears in this picture so the golden bits really make a statement.

These had to come home with me along with a few other fab plants.

 This is the kind of place where you can simply sit and enjoy the garden for a while during your shopping visit.

All too soon, it was time to head back out the purple gates with my plants and head back home. 
I'm so glad that this unusual and fun nursery continues to operate only fifteen minutes from my house!


  1. I love that branch of berries on the gate. Your nurseries really know how to "stage" their offerings.

  2. Jungle Fever looks like a cool and funky nursery-statuary, the kind of place where you never run out of things to look at. Next trip to Tacoma...
    BTW, you promptly forgot to show your haul (again :-D)

  3. Such a fun place! I'll have to stop there when I make the trip to Dig, given it's on the approach to the ferry. I too want to know what else you picked up there.

  4. Such a fun looking place, and never thought of displaying trachycarpus seeds like that before :)

  5. The bright new paint job seems to give one hope that JF will be around for awhile....

  6. This looks like my kind of nursery. It is more like a private garden where you're allowed to buy items to take home. I like the eclectic collection.

  7. What a place. So much to choose from. Only 15min from your house? Gosh, that would be a terrible lure. I would constantly be broke.

  8. On the somewhat rare occasion that we are in the vicinity of this nursery I always think of you, Peter.

  9. Love the purple gates. Sets the mood for an adventure.

  10. Plant shopping in Spring is such fun! I love the Osteospermum and will be interested to learn it the flower petals hold their spoon shape for you. Within a year, the petals of all those bearing flowers like that in my garden revert to the standard shape. Err, but then, maybe the plants are annuals for you?

    1. No problem with the petal shape reverting next year because you guessed it, they're annuals here.


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