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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Trip To Watson's Nursery

My son Iain came for a visit recently and while he was here we went to Watson's Nursery to look for a gift for his girlfriend (As an aside, his girlfriend Diana came with him for the first weekend, and we met her for the first time, but she had to travel on to a business conference rather than spend the rest of the week with us. She's wonderful, we love her!) Iain and I had a lot of fun looking around the nursery. He marveled a couple of times that it was so big, and I told him there were even bigger nurseries north of Seattle. Mostly, we spent our time inside the big greenhouse, where the houseplants and home decor items are. I didn't actually take any photographs that day, although I was tempted to pull out my point-and-shoot. I opted to remain "Mom" and just browse casually.

But I made a note of the things I would come back later on my own to buy, such as one of these head planters. They had a couple of bright red ones when we were there, but when I came back, only a few days later, after my son had left to go back East, the red ones were nowhere to be found. I had to settle for green.

I picked up one of these, and when I went back later through the same area, some salesperson had wrapped a scarf around the neck of the one remaining planter.

They had a great display of orchids, which I'm not tempted to buy. They're beautiful, but I unerringly kill them.

Here are some obligatory orchid closeups.

Ah! The cactus and succulent table! That's what I was looking for. A couple more would be welcome, since they did so well over my winter of neglect.

Love these roundish ones with their sharp spines that look almost like flowers if you squint

This big hairy one has a two-tone ombre kind of hairdo

Lots of little babies all crowded around the edge. This one reminds me a bit of my Euphorbia polygona, but I think it's a true cactus.

Kind of adorable!

I had to take some pictures of their Tillandsia display, since this was where we found gifts for Diana when I was here with my son.

They had some interesting display ideas.

Popular but impractical for watering

Funky! I have some bedsprings I could use, but I gave most of my Tillandsias away.

I love the idea of using driftwood, but these are hot-glued to the piece of wood, which is unappealing

A little terrarium duo (Diana is into terrariums)

Off to explore more of the nursery!

Gorgeous Rex Begonias are always tempting, but they don't stay gorgeous for long under my care

A lizard carrying a book? I might have been tempted if he had been a gecko

The story of my life

This little lamb reminds me of the sheep from Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep movie

This pitcher is beautiful and I would have bought it if I had a use for it. It would be perfect for In a Vase on Monday, but I don't do that meme.

Aha! The sales tables!

I'd like these in silver please.

Can't help wondering if I should go back for one of these (30% off of $69.00). I just don't know what I'd do with it. It's not practical for planting.

How about a change purse shaped like an Echeveria?

So, besides the green head planter, are you wondering what else I brought home?

These two cacti appealed to me, especially since I thought they'd be perfect for these two little footed containers that I brought back from Disney World way back in April. The containers evoke EPCOT's Spaceship Earth, and are actually mugs, so they have no drainage. But given how I neglect plants, they'll probably work out perfectly.

This ruffled Echeveria with its pink edge came home

And this oddly colored Echeveria -- gray, blue, tones of rose?

I need the reminders

When I told Nigel I had bought a couple of plants, he said, "Ah. You're back."

Maybe not completely, but I'm finding my way.


  1. A trip to Watson's always lifts my spirits and I've only visited through blog photos! Plants that thrive on neglect are always a good choice. I'm heading that direction more and more.

  2. I was in your area last week to visit a friend who lives in Woodinville. She took me to the Molbak's there and I enjoyed perusing their offerings. Optimist/sadist/masochist that I am, I brought home a small Chamaecyparis to torture.

  3. I've been thinking the same thing as Nigel when you've been asking about plants/nurseries on FB...

    BTW that red-head cactus I got from you at the spring swap has grown a lot! A creature (probably a squirrel) knocked it and another plant off the patio wall the other day. In picking it up and repotting it I finally noticed.

  4. I love those sea urchin pots. Maybe NOT good for planting, but I can see an arrangement of sticks or something like that...and if sticks...then maybe a small climber?

  5. Hooray for your mojo trickling back! I've not been to Watson's for more than a month so it's nice to visit through your posts. I've admired those urchin vases before and think they're marvelous. You should go back and get one!

  6. i love how angry that lizard with a book is. i am happy you are getting back to nurseries and got to see your son. no new plants for me, especially succulents as my husband overwaters them. we were at a nursery last week and i would not even get out of the car.

  7. It's easy to lose yourself, or find yourself, at Watsons.

  8. I found myself strangely attracted to that lizard carrying a book...

  9. So glad your mojo is returning, just take it easy, a bit at a time. Glad you had a lovely time with your son.

  10. Welcome back!
    I just saw those prickly sea-urchin things in the West Seattle nursery, in Silver, for 50% off. There were only 2, and probably gone by now, but I can go check. Had I known you wanted them... I almost bought them for myself, but thought they were still too expensive even with the discount.


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