I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Trip to the Flower Nursery

Hi! Warming up a bit here so my friend Elle /  L and I make the trip over the bridges to the flower store. I'm growing my deck pot plants from seeds and bulbs this year, cheaper and easier for me but I used the need for organic potting soil as an excuse to take a look around.

I mentioned it's chilly here but of course somehow we picked the hottest day so far to go, and it was pushing 80-something there on the mainland. A bit of a shock to our oceanfront breezy systems!
Pretty things greet you on arrival.

The old farmhouse is decked out with hanging baskets and a lovely birdbath and flowers in front. (I looked and still cannot see where that funny little window actually is. Inside is a dropped ceiling, so maybe  the window is just in a nowhere spot?This is a working nursery that also does a lot of home and business landscaping. The folks are pleasant but busy and not chatty, so I never feel I can ask about the farmhouse.)


Astilbe. Man, it's hard to make astilbe look good. This is lovely, isn't it.

Indoors filled with traditional flower bed plants.

Lots of gorgeous turquoise coastal pottery, for deck planters.

I loved this casual vignette, the turquoise pot and deep blue petunias. Sadly the petunias won't survive on my deck, or I'd have brought this beautiful idea home.

More ideas, pre-planted deck pots. $$$$$$

Cute signs and garden fence decor.

This is the shop that specializes in fairy gardens---

The photo was too blurry but they have garden gnomes smaller than the end of your thumb!

This was very cool. A big vintage jar laid on its side, inside a scene with a shoreline garden and light house; blue glass pebbles for the water, with a sailboat.

And kitschy cuteness, fun for a summer window.

Outside more lovely ideas. Many beautiful shrubs, heavy on the hydrangeas which do so  well by the ocean, plus sweet garden benches and gazebos. Woodland, not seashore though.

L got mosquito repelling citronella and I got a few tiny succulents for my terrarium which has been moved to a shady spot on the deck. Last chance for it, nothing seems to grow in my terrarium.

And she and I discussed a project we're working on--a secret, to be revealed later this summer if it works.  I also want a small solar powered bowl-type fountain, the kind that burbles over river rocks? L suggests Lowe's.--next on out list.

PS Remember my Dollar Days Sidewalk Sale is still going on in my etsy shop, thru  4th of July week. Lots of fun things for a dollar, plus I 'll take offers on anything else in my shop. Come visit? link in right sidebar here>>>>

Have a great week,



gone to the beach....

beach photos - same day, two years ago....


  1. I've kind of given up on planters- the heat is just too much and I can't keep up with watering them.
    Love to see your trip to the nursery!!
    Oh a secret? Love it!!

  2. Oooooh, that first pic is so pretty.

    The farmhouse sure is decked out. What a fun place to visit. Love the pink and green hydrangea. I think I would just have to ask about that window.

    Are you talking about that cool old terrarium? Now I can't remember if you actually bought none, or just wrote about them in a blog post?

    Thanks for taking us along on your outing. Always a pleasure :)


    1. Hi Kel: The terrarium is a small shoebox sized version of the cool big Wardian cases that we loved and I showed here. But my little version doesn t grow anything. Maybe this time it might tho, we'll see. I took some pix earlier, I ll try to add them to my next post.

  3. What a lovely place to stroll! And, of course, the little gnomies! They are so precious. Flowers are always good for the soul.

    1. The gnomies were so precious, peeking out from under tiny ferns! Very sweet. Michael's Craft had some cute ones too.

  4. I love when you visit this nursery! Such pretty flowers and I just saw the exact signs up in Canon Beach, Oregon. Really cool, but I didn't buy any. I have to be mindful of my suitcases...lol I am loving my sea! Saw a freighter go by on the horizon and thought of you! Have a great weekend!:) Kit

    1. How fun! Remember you can pack a box of found treasures and send it home via UPS, no suitcase involved. Have a great trip, bring us lots of pictures, pls.

  5. Such gorgeous flowers! (And I never have to worry about watering them!)



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