Laburnum arbor, Bayview Nursery

Laburnum arbor, Bayview Nursery

Spring is proceeding at breathless pace, and one of my favorite places to savor the fresh colors and blooms is Bayview Farm and Garden on Whidbey Island.  I mark my calendar each year so that I remember to make the trip there when the laburnum arbor is in full glory.  The cascading flowers of Golden Chain give the impression that you are sitting under a floral waterfall.  The double arbor alone makes Bayview Farm and Garden a worthy destination, but of course, the rest of the nursery is also full of visual treats.

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A garden Buddha

A garden Buddha

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Clematis

Clematis

Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks

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Fuchsias

Fuchsias

“Fuchsias are among my ninety-nine most favourite flowers. . . . I could go on for hours, and probably shall, one day, about their white petticoats and their crimson ruffs and the incredible grace with which they dispose themselves.”
— Beverley Nichols, Sunlight on the Lawn

Poinsettia Festival

December 16, 2009

Red poinsettia at Molbak's Nursery

Red poinsettia

Pink poinsettia

Pink and white poinsettias

This weekend I made a trip to Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville with my sister and brother-in-law.  The nursery is thoroughly decked out for the holiday season, and it is a very worthwhile destination for a holiday excursion.  I particularly enjoyed the tables full of poinsettias in many colors of red, pink, and white.  We don’t have poinsettias in our home because we don’t want our cat to chew on them, so I tried to get my fill of their beauty while I was at Molbak’s.

Botanical print of poinsettia

When I got home, I searched the internet for botanical prints of poinsettias, or euphorbia pulcherrimas.  I found this one at http://www.panteek.com/Nooten/pages/noo22-241.htm.

Nursery Visit

May 11, 2009

Dog in shopping basket
Dog in shopping basket
Pansies for sale
Pansies for sale
Colorful lawn chairs in striped light
Colorful lawn chairs in striped light
Who knew wire plant cages came is such vibrant colors?
Who knew wire plant cages came is such vibrant colors?
Gardening gloves
Gardening gloves

With all the talk of rhubarb, I may have given the mistaken impression that I am a gardener.  I am not.  My garden has rhubarb, rosemary, lavender, and day lilies — all plants that thrive on benign neglect and return, year after year, on their own internal cycles. 

I sometimes wonder why a farmer’s daughter like me is not drawn to gardening. Certainly my siblings are good gardeners.  I think I lack a nurturing gene, and too many memories of  “child labor” pulling weeds in our huge farm garden on hot, humid, buggy Minnesota days.

I delight in other people’s gardens, though.  I love to look at all the flowers in my neighbors’ yards.  And I crave fresh and tasty home-grown produce.  I enjoy visits to the plant nursery, too.  I marvel at the healthy, vibrantly colored plants and savor the scents of rosemary, roses, and other growing things.  When I looked at the photos I took on a recent nursery visit, I did notice that my eye was drawn as much to the colorful gardening tools, implements, and lawn furnishings as it was to the plants!  Another indication that my inner gardener lies dormant.