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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Annual Pilgrimage to Sky Nursery

Every year around this time, not long after the NWFGS, I make my annual trip to Sky Nursery north of Seattle. Sky was the very first nursery I shopped at when we first moved here to Washington state, and it holds a special place in my heart and memories. Yesterday morning I drove up to check it out.

There were plenty of grasses to choose from

Plenty of ferns too!

Polypodium pseudo-aureum 'Virginia Blue'

I love the yellow stripe down the center of this Arachnoides simplicor 'variegata'

 Fern fronds unfurl so delicately

A touch of variegation in this Hellebore's leaves

Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of the tag -- All I can remember is Pink Something

I didn't get a shot of the tag of this one either

This two-tone Muscari reminds me of Spanish lavender

This lushness was hard to resist

Suddenly it seems Cryptanthus are everywhere

Teeny tiny Cryptanthus

A cool Tillandsia display

Tillandsia funkiana

Tillandsia in a tiny birdcage

Tillandsias sitting on branches

Rhododendron 'Hansel' -- the tag said it has salmon orange flowers, but every photo on Google shows salmon pink

Salmon orange flowers would look great with that orange indumentum

I don't know why, but it seems to me that the nurseries north of Seattle -- Swanson's, Sky, and Molbak's -- all seem to stock up on plants much sooner and more quickly than the ones within easy driving distance of my house. But then, it makes for a fun field trip!