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Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Hopping Weekend Part II

On Saturday, Nigel and I hopped in the car bright and early (ok, bright and early for a Saturday, a little after 9 a.m.), and headed up to the Kitsap Peninsula. I dropped him off at Daddy Day Care (Clearwater Casino), where the blackjack dealers could look after him for the day, and my first stop was to visit my good friend Debbie Teashon at Kingston Henery Hardware. She's the nursery manager there, and it's been a few months since I checked out her wares. The last time I was there was with Peter The Outlaw Gardener (he posted about the visit here). She has since gotten in lots more plants, some I had never seen before. In my opinion, Debbie has turned the nursery section of the store into one of the premier places on the Peninsula to shop for plants, rivaling full-service places like Valley Nursery. And her prices are good too! As you can see in the photos below, the store is packed with planty goodness.

We had a yummy lunch together at the Axe Handle Cafe nearby, and chatted about her upcoming book Gardening for the Homebrewer: Plants for Making Beer, Wine, Gruit, Cider, Perry, and More.
The book will be released by Voyageur Press on September 15, 2015, just in time for you to buy a copy as a Christmas gift for the home brewing enthusiast in your family. (Pre-order it at the Amazon link.) Besides the book Debbie is also writing a gardening column for Kitsap Week, as well as occasional articles for the magazine West Sound Home and Garden, and keeping up with the website and database she created and has managed for many years, Rainyside Gardeners. After lunch, she went back to work and I shopped the store for plants.

This Gaillardia is new to me, aren't the flowers fab?

It's called Gaillardia 'Coral Spark.'

The aisles are so packed with racks and racks of plants that it's hard to get a shopping cart down them.

Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

Bunny tail grass glowing in the sunshine

Begonia leaf and fern

The store also has a great selection of pots

I fell in love with this Pelargonium

 Red and pink flowers and little, furry, grayish leaves -- it's called Pelargonium violareum 'Violetti' and it's from Little Prince of Oregon, as you can see from the label

I followed my visit there with another hour's driving to Port Townsend and Far Reaches Farm. I hadn't been there yet this year, and I had to pay a visit to the shady lath house, where there are lots of drool-worthy plants growing in magnificent splendor.

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

The lath overhead makes a moire pattern on the plants below

This swath of Nomocharis had me asking at the desk if they had any for sale, but alas, they have some coming on in the greenhouses, but not ready yet


Pyrrosia shearerii

Mottled Podophyllum

I can't go to Far Reaches without photographing this tall Maianthemum with its pink flowers

That Maianthemum again

A second Maianthemum, shorter with white flowers with pink stems

Gazebo with green roof

Foxgloves and red hot pokers

Purple Euclomis and glass sculpture in the duckweed-covered pond

So, what did I buy?

(In back, left to right) Papaver 'Parrot Feathers,' Gaillardia 'Coral Spark,' variegated Iris, more Papaver 'Parrot Feathers,' (in front, left to right) Nicotiana sylvestris, Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum,' Pelargonium violareum 'Violetti,' Aslenium ebenoides, and a second Nicotiana sylvestris, and far in back: four gallon pots of Carex testacea

'Parrot Feathers' has lots of fat buds, I need to get it in the ground before it flowers and goes to seed

Lovely stripes on the variegated Iris

One more gratuitous closeup of the Gaillardia


  1. I forgot to visit Debbie's place when I did the Far Reaches/ Windcliff thing. It's always good to see her but in a way, I'm glad I didn't go as the plant mobile would have had a lot more plants in it if I had. (and that cool pot with the quatrefoil design on it!) You got a great haul and it sounds like you had a terrific time with Debbie!

  2. That was a great way to spend a Saturday (and I hope Nigel enjoyed Daddy Daycare). I LOVE that Gaillardia! I recently came across another ruffled one but it wasn't nearly as pretty as 'Coral Spark'. Now the hunt is on!

  3. My brother would like that book. I may have to order it for him. That's a very impressive garden section for a hardware store! I need to get some of that variegated iris. With the deer shut out finally, I should get that giant Maianthemum, too!

  4. Its the first time I´ve ever seen Nomocharis and it is beautiful!!!

  5. Liking the vignette in your photos Alison, and nice haul too especially the papaver and variegated Iris!

  6. We have not been to either of these nurseries. We had a trip to the peninsula planned but it got cancelled. Something to look forward to, I guess.

  7. I was really taken with the Nomocharis and the white flowered Maianthemum, I haven't seen any over here, maybe just as well, I would have been tempted.!

  8. I need a lath house for the shadows! What a weekend you had.

  9. You've been busy! Both days look like a blast. That shade house is amazing. All the nurseries look fantastic.

  10. On what lovely plants. I love Nomocharis but I have never had any success with it Have you ever tried it?

  11. A Saturday well spent! I grew that red/white bicolored pelargonium a few years back, bought as 'Splendide.' It grew huge and bloomed well and then I trimmed out some dead leaves, maybe cut it back too never recovered. Fabulous bunch of new plants!


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