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 26, 2017

The Awful Truth - It Gets Worse

People often ask how I have time to work several jobs, post five times a week, and have time to garden.  The answer is, I don't as you'll see in the pictures that follow:

First up is one of the many special gifts my pals at work gave me during teacher appreciation week: That was two or three weeks ago and these poor annuals are crying out to be planted.

You must be tired of seeing beautiful, tidy gardens on the interweb.  This is surely the antidote to that. WARNING If clutter and disarray  bother you, you may wish to avert your eyes now, read no further, simply leave the computer and ask a friend to shut it down.  

 The table in the back of the house where guests sit in the summer is full of plants.  I'd made a little dent in this.

 then came some more nursery visits.last weekend.  In case you wondered, the chairs are full too.

Brugmansias are out of the greenhouse and have made the transition nicely this year but they displaced the evergreens that were in the pots for winter. Now where did I put those last summer? 

You may remember the Danger Gardenette which looks something like this in the summer:

And similar to this in the winter: 

May brings this awful reality.  Most of the winter plants are moved away but the summer plants haven't journeyed out of the greenhouse yet.  All of that bamboo litter needs to be removed before the migration begins. 

Some of the begonias started inside have made their way into these hanging baskets (from a 70% off sale at Fred Meyer.  With my Tuesday senior discount added to that, they were a steal in January.)

Just don't look down!

It was time to re pot this staghorn fern as it wasn't doing all that well. A closer inspection revealed that mealy bugs were the culprit.  Out came the rubbing alcohol before potting it up. (A little alcohol for the gardener would surely help as well.)  Let's hope it makes it.

Close ups are much nicer as one can omit so much.

Nothing says welcome to my garden like a nice tangle of hose to trip over.

I believe you were  warned  not to look down.  When I get home from work, I take a little break and then dash out to get a few things done like cutting back, pruning, planting.  In the garden, I have a bit of attention deficit disorder and go from project to project, not fully finishing anything.  It all will eventually get done, perhaps by the first frost.

This Aechmea blanchetiana has been with me for three years now, wintering in the greenhouse.  Once it gets more sun, it'll turn golden yellow and orange.

speaking of bromeliads, here are a few of my long time specimens and some of the new ones from Rare Plant Research.  I kind of want to do a bromeliad area here but don't want to get rid of that glorious Adiantum pedatum which has taken some time to achieve that size.   What to do, what to do?

It's a jungle out there!

I don't know how these allium ended up here.  There are others planted around but these just appeared a few years ago.

Meanwhile, there are still more begonias that should go outside soon.

The miniature hosta collection grows.  I'm scared to plant them in the ground as that's a bamboo rhizome pruning area and they seem quite happy in pots.  The new ones in plastic will be potted up in terra cotta pots one of these days.

How about having a seat on a bench.  Oops, more plants.  Someone needs to get busy!

Often new plants get dropped over the front gate from the car.  Hooray, Clematis florida sieboldii was found yesterday at Watson's!   Should I power wash those bricks or just enjoy watching the moss cover them?

No path is complete without a bale of potting soil ready to fall on anyone who passes by!  By the way, if it falls on you, it's your job to carry it to the greenhouse. 

So, there you have it, the awful truth of my garden at this time of year.  The good news is that I have today, Saturday, and Monday off from work and plan to use all three days to do nothing but work outside.  I hope you'll also have a weekend full of gardening fun!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Glass Eye Studio Sidewalk Sale

For a few hours on one Saturday in May and another in October, Glass Eye Studio, a wholesale-only glass studio holds a sidewalk sale and throws it's doors open to the public.  There's always a lot of great glass to peruse and buy at 1/2 of wholesale prices, sometimes even lower.  To see a previous visit to this fab sale look here.  It had been a while since we'd attended the sale.  While some items are almost always present, each sale has unique prototype items and individual artists also set up their own spaces with  unique, non studio work.  What a great opportunity to obtain beautiful art glass for a fraction of the price!

Paperweights and ornaments have many admirers and collectors.  

Floppy bowls.

I've forgotten what these are called but they have an opening in the bottom so they can have lights inserted and be used to illuminate garden paths.  In the background you can sort of make out some hummingbird feeders.

Lovely vases. 


The flower-garden feel of this one was interesting. 

With so many eager shoppers milling about in search of treasure, I didn't take a lot of pictures.  If you're a fan of blown glass, this sale is definitely worth a trip.  To capitalize further on the sale, a few non Glass-Eye-affiliated artists sell their wares on the streets outside of the venue.  

Ah yes, the plantets.  Looks like someone's got the whole world in her hand. 

The moon, Saturn, and Mercury.

Some other planet.  One can collect the entire solar system. 

One of the individual artist's wares with many rhododendrons.  

Bird feeders.  I wonder if these are really frequented by birds.  the seed goes at the bottom but is glass too slick for birds to grasp?  They'd be pretty hanging from a tree anyway.

The eye candy just kept coming.  

What came home with me?  You may have seen a few things in a recent In A Vase on Monday post.  For the rest, keep your eyes peeled as they will certainly appear in future Monday arrangements. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Vignette - Still Driving To Nurseries

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by my blogging pal Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to see her vignette this week and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.

Some people can never get enough of visiting gardens and nurseries.

"If we'd gotten here right at opening time, those people wouldn't have bought all of OUR bromeliads!"  Maybe the dog will scare them away.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Sad News - A Last Look at Furney's Nursery

On May sixth, after visiting the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden and sale but not buying anything, I decided  to stop by nearby Furney's Nursery.  I was saddened and surprised to see their digital sign out front blinking the message "Going Out of Business. Everything in the nursery 25% off.  Since visiting the nursery, I've been hearing the discount amount go to 50% and then 70% off.

On the sixth, there was also a day long yard sale going on.  The turned wood posts were interesting but I don't need another project right now. 

Lots of shelves for sale.
Let's go look at what was still inside the nursery.

The pots seemed pretty picked over but there were a couple that might be interesting at the deeper discount.

Lots of annuals and hanging pots.

A smattering of indoor pots.
 After seventy years, the family has sold their property and decided to call it quits.  Interesting articles about it here and here.

Some good perennials.  That male bust was interesting but cost a bit more than I wanted to spend. 

The largest wind chime I've ever seen.  The welded metal support structure stands about 20 feet tall. When visiting Furney's I always visited this, pulled the clapper in the middle and enjoyed feeling the incredibly low sounds of those tubes. If I had space to tuck this away somewhere, it would be wonderful to have but it's too big for my garden.


Lots of basic shrubs. 

Some less common shrubs.

Like this Enkianthus campanulatus

Nice assortment of bamboo

Japanese maples.

The end of an era.

Magnolia 'Yellow Bird' was tempting but M. 'Elisabeth' is still sitting in a pot in my garden waiting to be planted.

We'll miss Furney's and wish the owner, Robert Furney,  the best as he moves to Southeast Alaska. 

Looks like it's time to pack up and move on. 

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  What does the future hold for independent nurseries?  I'm guessing that there will always be some plant nerds but will there be enough to support small specialty growers?  Get out your crystal ball and tell me what you see.