Monday, March 5, 2018

A Trip North

Lately, the nights have been surprisingly cool, right around the freezing point. This means I'm still a bit tentative about doing too much gardening. To  keep busy, last Friday I drove north to attend the annual Plant Nerd Night. The next day, my sister and I hit the local nurseries. I got lots of inspiration while at Bauman Farms in Gervais.

This hanging heart-shaped planter had cute flowers.

Wood or ceramic? I had to check. Answer: ceramic.

Cute succulent table

Succulent wall art

This funky fountain was calling my name.

But I left without it.

Stuffed to the brim.

Fans are apparently all the rage right now.

I wanted this too.

Are these cute or what?

More fans or faux windmill parts.

I love rocks so these were really tempting.

I love that they brought Birch branches inside to complement the displays.

Such cool wall art

This golden Agave attenuata was gorgeous. I wish they would have had a small one for sale.

An oddity

My sister and I did a bunch of shopping. Below is my loot.

The big fern is Arachnoides simplicior 'Variegata'.   

From left to right, two double primrose plants, Dryopteris 'Parsley' (dormant), Chiastrophyllum oppositifolium 'Jim's Pride', Variegated Red-Veined Sorrel, Scutellaria 'Greg Starr', Iris reticulata 'Purple Gem', Saxifraga stoloniferum 'Harvest Moon', Carex 'Sparkler', Tulbaghia natalensis and Parahebe olsonii

And finally,

Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek' (Now I have two. Notice the thorns. It will go at the back of the border.)

 Well, it's not quite spring yet but I say, who cares? 
Bring it on! I'm ready to putter. 
How about you?


  1. What a fantastic place to visit and shop from!!! You gave me an idea for 'fans' that no longer work. Hmmmm.

    Enjoy your new garden delights.

    Love & hugs and happy gardening ~ FlowerLady

  2. Yes to spring and puttering in the garden! Bring it on. It's sunny and clear today but also cold and there's ice on car windshields. Nice haul!

  3. There was some fun stuff there! Love that weird crested Echeveria. Our mornings this week are still pretty cold, but by noon I'm out there digging.

  4. The puttering never stops here, although our recent cold spell (probably laughable by your standards) has put a damper on things. I don't think any area of the country is better than the PNW in terms of the quality and appeal of its garden centers. I would have loved to snap up some of the items in your photos, ranging from that succulent table to the cute owl and fox (?) tea cups/mugs to that crested succulent. Happy puttering, Grace!

  5. Cute place! They really do a great job with their potted arrangements. I'd love to do a succulent grouping like the 'stuffed to the brim" one you show, but I feel like they would all shrink back during the winter--even if I brought them inside. Still, it might be fun to try it. The Agaves are stunning!

  6. Gracie girl you are driving me nuts here in the great white NORTH ! haha
    I absolutely love all those succulent arrangements .. and that cute water can fountain .. all your booty is wonderful .. you will love the parsley fern it has wonderful texture and form .. ahhhhhhh ! I am so jealous. I would love to go on a plant hunt with you let alone all that really fun garden art ... BIG sigh ! You lucky devil ;-)

  7. Chiastophyllum oppositifolium ‘Jim’s Pride’!!!! A hardy succulent that likes shade. yay! are the pinkish tints on the edges due to winter cold? that is going on my wish list. Carex 'Sparkler' would be fun to grow where the big fountain splashes water on it all the time. Bauman Farms will go on my list too. Just yesterday i was feeling sad because i cannot afford fancy giant daisy flower sculptures. Now i am going to be looking for old broken fans to paint!

  8. that seems hard to made, wonder If I can make it myself


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