Nigel just got back from a train trip to California, a little vacation on his own. He had a rebate voucher from Amtrak that paid for a trip there and back on the Coast Starlight, so in between he spent a couple of nights (and one day) at Disneyland. While he was away, Watson's Nursery
posted on Instagram that they were having a 40% off sale on houseplants, so I decided to take myself over there to check things out.
They had some interesting ferns.
|Some lush staghorn ferns|
|Simply labeled Pteris sp.|
|Eyelash fern/Actiniopteris semiflabellata|
|I was tempted by this heart fern/Hemionitis arifolia, but I've heard it can be finicky to keep alive.|
|Button fern/Pellaea rotundifolia|
|Variegated brake fern/Pteris ensiformis|
|Technically not a fern, Cycas revoluta (Sago palm) looks a lot like a fern|
I also considered the prayer plants.
And this remarkably colorful Cordyline.
|Cordyline terminalis 'Cherry Cordial'|
A couple of months ago, I was visiting Watson's when they had just started putting a green wall together. If you scroll down through their Instagram feed here
, you'll find a couple of videos about the process of putting it together. It turned out fabulous.
The Bromelaids in the wall reminded me to check out their Bromeliad area, where I found some wonderfully lush specimens.
|This flowering Vriesea had babies popping up already in the center|
I found a small but interesting selection of Dyckias from Little Prince of Oregon on their succulent table.
|Most of these were simply labeled either Aloe or Gasteria, including that strip in the center, which I'm pretty sure are Aloe aristata.|
|One Mangave 'Falling Waters'|
|Rows of fluffy Echevaria|
|Various tiny pots of cactus and succulents|
|I liked the look of that chocolatey, wavy Echeveria, but there weren't many to choose from|
|Crown of thorns/Euphorbia millii|
Little knobbly, stripey Gasteria
They had some intriguing wooden containers and driftwood pieces, but of course, they weren't part of the sale.
I wasn't sure if these were included in the sale or not, but they gave me ideas.
|Cool, but not $90 worth of cool, especially since I could get the plant for considerably less|
|I don't know if those fungi are real dried specimens, but it's an interesting use for them|
Unfortunately, perusing the sale also meant having to endure this...
|I'm old school, seeing Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving doesn't just make me shudder, I find it annoying|
What did I bring home? One of those little chocolate Echevaria, a Crown of Thorns, a staghorn fern, two Aloe aristata, and a few Dyckia, two 'Grand Marnier' and one 'Burgundy Ice'.