On a recent cold, gray, damp day Nigel and I ventured out to Molbak's, about an hour north of us in Woodinville. I had recently received an email notice form them that they were having a 30% off sale on all houseplants and pottery. Our conversation in the car went like this:
Nigel: So what's happening at Molbak's?
Alison: They're having a 30% off sale on houseplants.
N: But you don't like houseplants.
A: What? Yes, I do. All those tropical plants out in the greenhouse? Those are houseplants, it's just that they're out there.
N: Oh. Ok....Are we there yet?
Last time I was at Molbak's, before Christmas, I saw a couple of plants that I wanted, but sadly left behind, kind of the inverse of Buyer's Remorse. Call it Why Didn't I Buy That Remorse. So after getting Nigel safely ensconced in the little coffee shoppe there, I grabbed a cart and made the rounds.
|Last time I was there, there was a lot more Talavera pottery, including plenty of those adorable geckos hanging on the wall.|
|I put that square pot on the right into my cart.|
|They had lovely, large crested bird's nest ferns.|
|I brought home one of the larger bird's nest ferns.|
|They had quite a few smaller ones too!|
|Look at the veins on these Alocasia 'Polly.' So cool. And irresistible! I put one of these in my cart as well.|
|I was so very tempted by these fabulous pitcher plants.|
|I almost put one of these in my cart. But I was afraid I'd end up killing it.|
|Nope! I left them behind.|
|They had lots of brightly colored Bromeliads, but I already have quite a few.|
|So bright and colorful though!|
|This gold-leaved Schefflera was tempting. But it's the houseplant one, not hardy outside here.|
|Monstera deliciosa is such a great name for a plant, isn't it?|
|I had seen these rat-rail cactus last time too, so I bought one of them.|
|This one, in fact!|
|They had lots of Echevarias, but none of them grabbed me, so I didn't grab back.|
|Some day I really should buy a Sanseveiria, I hear they're unkillable. These were a variety called 'Bantel's Sensation.'|
All the signs had a common name of Snake Plant, but I've always known them as Mother-in-Law's Tongue.
|This little spiky succulent is called Faucaria tigrina 'Tiger Jaws.'|
|I bought one, but I'm not crazy about those dandelion-like flowers.|
|Bird's nest ferns and flowering Kalanchoe|
|I was rather taken by these Tillandsias in shells, but I worried it would be hard to water them.|
Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, it depends on how you look at it), the orchids weren't included in the 30% off sale. There were some beautiful specimens though.
|Frost-proof AW Pottery is very popular, and was included in the sale|
|They had lots of great cachepots too|
|So colorful and retro-looking|
|I was tempted by these cool pots, shaped somewhat like Hershey's kisses.|
|Look what you can do with them!|
Anyway, Molbak's is having a sale on houseplants and pottery, from now until the 19th of January, so if you're local, hie thee hence. I'm already suffering from Why Didn't I Buy That Remorse. Again.
The Hershey pots. The Monstera philodendron. The pitcher plant.