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, December 13, 2018

Stopping by Watson's on a Soggy Sunday

We'll take a look inside the nursery in another post but today let's see what's happening outside.

There is no shortage of fabulous evergreen plants that we can enjoy in our gardens in this area and Watson's offering is impressive.

Camellia sasanquas in bloom punctuated the greens.  

The shade house is used to display cut trees.  No fear of the shade plants getting too much sun at this time of year.

Primula vulgaris.

Hooray for Hellebores.  Winter bloomers reassure us that spring is near (after three more months of winter, that is.)

The reindeer have arrived!

A non-melting snowman (person - how does one know?)

He went that way!

Oh yes, the other reindeer are here as well.  Looks like they're resting up for the big night.

If I had space for more trees, this one, Malus 'Purple Prince,' would certainly have come home with me.  Look at that beautiful bark.

Not to mention the handsome crabapples. 

The tag shows gorgeous fuchsia-colored spring bloom as well.  Oh well, in my next garden...

I really liked these hanging things that would be great all winter long. 

I've got enough stuff kicking around the garden to put one together.  Maybe over break that'll happen.


  1. That crabapple bark is gorgeous. Who would think to look at the bark on that tree? Clearly, not me. Really like that flowery metal arbor and they are selling some very attractive pre-made containers etc. We are entering a warm spell so I can run out and go to a nursery without killing my plants from building to car with the cold.

  2. I look forward to seeing your interpretation of the "hanging things"...

  3. Oh yes, those mossy hanging baskets are wonderful! I hope you do put one together -- with your creative flair, yours will be superb.

  4. Prim roses and Hellebores in bloom? Not in my garden... but it's fun to see them in nurseries, a very hopeful sign of things to come. I too wish I had room for a crabapple, they are so good in a small garden setting, and the red berries are cheerful this time of year.

  5. Now I have sorts of ideas floating around in my head for using the larger branches the tree trimmers cut on Saturday. I can only imagine my husband's response if I ask him for help in creating a reindeer or a snowperson...

  6. We were there on Wednesday, and I took NO photos! However, I did see, and liked all of the things you show. Even in winter plants are lovely here in the coastal PNW.

  7. I liked the planters, but I think we are too cold here, for planters would most likely freeze solid. It's good to dream though!

  8. Ahh yes, I love seeing all of this evergreen lushness. The primrose is one plant I would love to have. Supposedly it grows here but I think our summers are too hot and dry. At least I have never been able to get any to grow more than one season. I also like the shrublets and treelet and the container. I am a sucker for those small plants, then they grow up. I can't wait to see the moss basket you put together. This one is striking, I am sure yours will be even prettier.

  9. Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed all of this! What a delight on a dreary day for you. I thank you for taking pics of all of these fantastic gardens and nurseries that you visit, then editing them and writing up posts of descriptions. All of the ever-greeness and up north bloomers are wonderful for someone who lives among sand and palm trees. (My gardens are the sand, not that I live on the beach.)

    I loved the different reindeer and the snowmen made from slabs of trees.

    Happy Christmas holidays dear Peter. Thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement throughout this year.


  10. I do like the reindeers, and Malus 'Purple Prince' sounds intriguing.


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