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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Recent Trip to Molbak's

A couple of weeks ago, Catherine of A Gardener in Progress posted on FaceBook that Molbak's was having a sale on Hellebores, for 40% off. I couldn't pass up a deal like that, so the very next day I hopped in the car and drove to the nursery to check things out. I made my first plant purchases of the year, after having just written that one of my goals for the year was to buy fewer plants. How long did it take to forswear that vow? Didn't even last the month...

I brought along my old point-and-shoot camera and took some pictures. Molbak's was pretty barren, compared to how it was just before Christmas. I picked out some pretty Hellebores, and since they also had Heucheras on sale, I bought a couple of them too. Then I headed inside to the warmth.

According to the tag, this hanging plant is Lipstick plant. I can see why it's called that.

The red flowers and glossy leaves are very attractive.

These pieces of driftwood for hanging air plants are cute

You can use them for Bromelaids too!

They had some enormous cacti!

That one on the right is glass.

And some little ones too.

I've been looking for a while for a very ruffled Echeveria, and they had several, but I already had Hellebores and Heucheras and a couple of Cyclamen coum in my cart. Plus, I know exactly where the Hellebores and Heucheras are going. A new Echeveria would have to share a very crowded spot in front of my only South-facing window right now, with lots of other plants being overwintered.

Echeveria 'Ruby' flower

 Kalanchoe beharensis

The Agaves were tempting.

Agave 'Quadracolor'

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata'

Agave 'Blue Flame' doesn't look very blue

They also had an enormous glass Agave.

So what did I buy for my first plant purchases of 2013?

Starting from the 12:00 position, where you can see the Hellebore flower, and going clockwise: Helleborus orientalis 'Elly', Heuchera 'Electric Lime', Helleborus orientalis 'Frilly Kitten', 2 Cyclamen coum 'Silver Form', Helleborus orientalis 'Snow Fever', Heuchera 'Electric Lime', Helleborus lividus 'Pink Marble'

Next up: What I saw and bought at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show


  1. LOVely!!!! I just love the helleborus at this time of the year. They bring me soo much joy! and 40% of is a stinking deal! wow! Looks like a great loot! There is no way I could resist the Kalanchoe beharensis or echeveria. They hold a special place in my heart

  2. Wow! You got some great plants. Heuchera 'Electric Lime' is gorgeous. These were all gone when I visited and there were no double hellebores left so it's a good idea to hit sales at Molbak's early on! I'm looking forward to your coverage of the Tacoma show as I've never been but wondered if there would be many plants there or not.

  3. The Outlaw also did a post about his trip to Molbak's and featured many of the same plants. Are we all influencing one another, or what?
    The glass cacti and agave are impressive...afraid I am even more dangerous around glass, so I'll just have to wobble along trying to get the real thing to grow for me.

  4. Wow, nice haul! Many of the agaves here on my corner of Katy are pupping like crazy. I'd be happy to send you some ... at the rate they're giving birth, I will be overrun with them this year.

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  6. Nice selection! And so very smart of you to think of where you're placing them, and not get the agave that will be too crowded. I'm not sure I would have been as strong. I, too, vowed not to buy many plants this year - I think I've bought more than last year already! :O I am loving that glass agave!

  7. Wow, those photos were delicious, especially the last one. I can understand why you needed to go to this nursery. What a fun place. I'm a teensy bit jealous. :)


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