I started out in the conservatory area, where I found some treasures, but my own greenhouse right now is not even standing room only, it's no room only. I've already got plants stuffed in there willy-nilly, with the constant danger of stepping on something every time I enter. It won't be long now before I start to empty it and bring everyone out for their summer vacation in the sun, but that just means that I was more focused on looking for hardy plants I could plant out now in the beds. (Plus, I had another coupon for 20% off my entire purchase!)
|Enormous Bromeliad with pups was tempting|
|Very red Begonia|
|Such a bright pretty leaf, it almost looks like paint|
|Nepenthes/pitcher plant -- I do want one of these, but I'm holding out for something more mottled or with teeth|
|Tall and gangly 'Gene Daniels' Begonia -- it's a beauty|
|Enormous nursery cat|
|Eyes open to just slits as he checks me out|
|Red Pelargoniums and spiky, scary desert plants are not companions you expect to see next to each other|
|Agave victoria-reginae -- a good size|
|A very handsome Aloe 'Hercules' which I keep reading about on California blogs|
|Agave guiengola, also huge|
Finally, I ventured out to check out the perennial tables.
|Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies' is not looking particularly blue|
|One of last year's "It" plants -- Stachys 'Bello Grigio'|
|Scrophularia macrantha -- "Red Birds in a Tree"|
|Yellow tree peony|
|Shrubs and trees -- plenty to choose from. This area is so big, it would be easy to get lost|
There's a small antique shop on site as well, with some fab hard-to-resist treasures inside.
|In the antique shop|
This nursery is smaller than Christianson's, but still packed with interesting plants and containers. The owners, Steve and Pauline, are both certified plant horticulturists, and they have others on staff who are also CPHs. In addition, Steve writes a blog The Whistling Gardener for the nursery, which you can read here. And they run free classes, with one coming up this weekend on Japanese maples. For a list of upcoming classes, click here.
|They had quite an extensive selection of Japanese maples|
|I found it hard to ignore these Acer palmatum 'Akane'|
|"Akane" in Japanese means "Glowing evening sky"|
|A row of vibrantly blooming Columbines|
|Plenty of bright blue pots|
|And light blue pots|
|Even a planted-up old cowboy boot|
|Vertical succulent hanging -- Some day I'll try my hand at making one of these|
|This cute display was outside the covered building where you pay. The little sign is touting a class on having fun with hypertufa|
At Christianson's, a handful of plants -- at Sunnyside, just one -- which is not a reflection on their wares at all.
|Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies' and Dasylirion quadrangulata -- both still just babies|
|Aconitum cammarum 'Stainless Steel'|
And at Sunnyside, I finally decided to take the plunge into growing a Japanese maple.
|Acer palmatum 'Akane'|
|Here in the PNW, we love anything that invokes the sun|