Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh Baby, It's Cold Outside - Let's Go Visit Vassey Nursery.

The wet and cold continues (February was the wettest on record) and temperatures are 10 - 15 degrees lower than normal. We've had quite a variety of precipitation and wind.  Come on sun, do your thing!   Officially winter has 10 more days and we'll all be happy to say goodbye to that season this year.   On the bright side, the snowdrops and other winter bloomers will last longer.  Time for some nursery therapy.

The ghost of summers yet to be. 

Of springs present - Pieris japonica

Calluna vulgaris 'Blazeaway'

This must be one of those recreational pot stores everyone is talking about.  

Love these rusty metal flowers!

Must be a big-mouthed bass. 

It's always calm and relatively warm inside. 

In a normal year, most of these plants would already be outside.

Camellia japonica 'Tama Peacock' jumped into my cart.  Yes, I'm well aware that there are already quite enough camellias in my garden and a Magnolia still in the pot from last season looking for a place to be planted but look at those sweet white edges.

This carpet of silver-leaved cyclamen grows larger every year.

One cannot go wrong with a blue and gold combination!

The pond is looking as serene as ever but the fish told me that they're sick of winter too. 

Groovy gazing ball stands.

The number of birds on these shelves caught my eye before I realized that the whole unit is a bird. What fun.
So, another plant to put into a pot or in the ground when and if the weather ever lets up.  Have you brought home any interesting plants yet this year?


  1. I've been to both Watson's and Windmill this week, and yes, I bought plants -- Cyclamen coum and hederofolium and those Begonia tubers that I emailed you about, and then also some new Hellebores. I keep forgetting about Vassey. Maybe I'll pop in there today. I bring my camera thinking I'll do a blog post, but then some kind of malaise overcomes me and I never take a single shot. I spend money though, isn't that enough?

  2. Which Magnolia haven't you planted?

  3. Thanks for the tour! I love, love, love those metal flowers! I must have some. I will hunt for similar ones in my part of the country. We had a warm winter, and many of my spring plants are getting ready to bloom. Sadly, we are now having a cold middle March, so I hope they won't be nipped in the bud. Stay warm!

  4. Those are the best rusty flowers I've ever seen! Fantastic detail.
    I also love the Bird shelving unit: very cool idea. If the shelves had a bit a "lip", one could probably plant succulents in it and (here I go again) create a miniature garden.

  5. I ordered a Pieris with red flowers like the group you showed. Your photo has me very excited.

  6. That's a gorgeous Camellia - of course you had to bring it home! We can safely say that I've already brought home new plants since I never actually stopped buying them during the winter months. I just planted another Grevillea 'Ned Kelly' and Leucadenron 'Summer Red' but my biggest buy was Metrosideros 'Springfire', which I wanted for years.

  7. Boy oh boy, do you ever have a LOT of nurseries in your area. They are all fantastic.

    I have brought home new plants besides roses, thryallis, Texas sage, red pentas, and a wonderful Port St. John's vine. The flowers of this vine smell like jelly beans to me. :-) Thryallis has a light sweet scent and lovely yellow flowers.

    Plenty of work for me to do to try to get things done before summers' heat and humidity get here.

    Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

  8. Vassey always has the coolest stuff. And even great plants too :-)

  9. Was that 'Penny's Pink' Hellebore? Just bought it, but at a place a little closer to home than Vassey.

    Nice place! That Camellia is beautiful.

  10. Peter, I'm in awe of the garden centers in your area. The rusty flowers are amazing, I've never seen such detail. I love the plants you feature; I only wish i could grow them here. I hope it warms up for you soon.

  11. Love the rusty flowers, I've never seen anything like them over here. You seem to be blessed with an abundance of garden centres, I'm anazed!

  12. "Large mouthed bass" and "recreational pot"...your mind is an amazing specimen.

  13. I fall in love with the metal flowers, they are such an amazingly beautiful flowers I have ever seen. Oh how can I forget to say that these pictures are amazing as well. Thanks for sharing it with us

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  15. So that's where all our rain went then Peter. February was unusually dry and settled in north-west England. That garden centre looks seriously tempting and I'm not surprised that you fell for the camellia. I've succumbed to a couple of hellebores and pulmonarias so far this year :)


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