Tillandsias are the ‘AIR PLANTS’ you see for sale everywhere lately. The are a huge family of epiphytes (not parasites) that perch on narrow twigs (even on hydro lines) in their native Mexico and Central America. Their seeds are delivered by wind and stick on airy perches, where they derive moisture and minerals from rain, fog and occasional bird droppings. They ask for very little! Here I have enclosed them in a wire cage, with a bit of moss for a go-anywhere Christmas gift idea @ $30.00 complete.
December 7, 2015
December 2, 2015
December is here and we can finally not feel strange about seeing so much Christmas’ in the stores. We have a very ‘HOBBS’ selection of lights and trims in the nursery now. It is reminiscent of the glory days of my nearly 40 years on West 41st Ave in Kerrisdale. For those who miss my old stores, ( and Kerrisdale itself…) you will recognize many brands now for sale at the nursery . You have to come check us out ! We are open every day from 9-6. Little skiing hedgehogs are all handmade , with little knitted scarves, sweaters and toques. Six different types, $20.00 each
They come in three sizes : 10″ (95.00) 8″ (75.00) and 6″ (50.00) For indoors or out
These wooden snowflakes (below) are all cut by laser and then glittered in tasteful colours. They are very lightweight, and come in a nice wooden box. $36.00 for 12 snowflakes.
If you don’t have room for a big tree, consider these nostalgic reproduction glitter trees, shown below . I remember having these growing up as a child in Winnipeg . A previous owner had left three in a cupboard in a large house we lived in, and I was not yet in grade one. I vividly remember finding them in a basement ‘playroom’, and my young, beauty-thirsty brain was thrilled ! We have more types than shown here, and prices range from $12.99 to $45.00
November 2, 2015
All kinds of fresh, healthy plant material has to go . Gorgeous and rare hardy Scheffleras, Witch Hazels, Boxwood, Sarcococca and nearly anything else you’ve always wanted (even Daphne!) is now HALF PRICE . Don’t delay – it will go fast. I wouldn’t wait til next year… our dollar is 30% lower than when we bought most of this material – yikes. Sale started Nov. 2nd and will end Nov. 20th, 2015
October 18, 2015
We have a freaky selection of pumpkins to choose from , including giant ones that we can barely lift !
September 21, 2015
Fall is here, again. The shelves are full of bulbs for planting right now, for Spring blooms. But, most of them bore me. I bet they bore you, too. For my own sanity, I have ordered some less-common and truly beautiful varieties to add to my own garden and yours ! #1 on this list has to be the adorable Narcissus called ‘Katie Heath’ . A short grower ( 12″), with large flowers that possess the most charming flesh pink stubby trumpet against a white perianth (petals). This tasteful combination of colours would look great planted with the soft,soft faded blue Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis‘ . 99.9% of ‘Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) are dark denim blue, but ‘Valerie Finnis’ is the one to get. I planted just this exact combo in random dapples under my 13 Weeping Silver Pear trees (Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’) out at the farm. They give the look of an olive grove, which was my intention. ( Olives are not hardy where I live. ) ‘Katie Heath‘ bulbs are $11.99 a dozen are are going to be a sell-out !Below: Muscari ‘Valerie Finnis’ is a very hardy, easy little bulb for those suffering from bulb fatigue ! Another treasure this year is a species tulip, Tulipa humilis alba coreulea oculata . I am going to grow these tiny bulbs in a clay pot, to keep my eye on them. The cobalt blue stain on the base of each white petal is unlike any other tulip ! Judging by the size of the bulbs, I expect a miniature tulip . Three tiny bulbs sell for $8.99 , so you know you won’t be seeing this tulip at the gas station!
ALlliums are a pretty kooky group in general, but now they are getting to be ‘old hat’ as well. For this season, I found two new giant purple ones: ‘AMBASSADOR‘, and ‘BEAU REGARD’. ABOVE : Allium ‘AMBASSADOR’ has 8″ + flowerheads that last for months.
August 9, 2015
We have a nice selection of extremely affordable ‘retro’ enamelware in stock for summer camping or outdoor entertaining ! It has been updated… from the dark blue and white spotted/splatters of yesteryear, to a hip soft aqua shade. Go ahead and bang it up, chips only add to the look of the baked enamel finish. Cups are $2.95 ! 4 sizes of plates are $2.95, $4.00, $5.00 and $10.00 for the very largest. ! Coffee pots are $25.00, huge salad bowls are $25.00, covered sugar/tea/coffee container is $20.00 , etc. This could be a unique and fun wedding gift idea for a young groovy couple !
July 31, 2015
More gorgeous items have arrived since my last posting of garden antiques for sale at the nursery. Actually, most of the earlier pieces I showed here are now gone ! To my amazement, we have had to ship large amounts to tasteful clients in Calgary, Winnipeg and Los Angeles . These people know that these unique pieces are unique and once they go, they are gone forever. Here is a smattering of our newest arrivals ….This is one of the nicest benches yet. It was made in Arras, France and bears the signature curved iron slats and paw-like feet of that region’s famous garden furniture. It measure 60″ x 32″ x 21″D and is $1800.00 Canadian dollars. Here is a ‘faux bois’ water fountain , also from France . it is plumbed to be permanently hooked up to water, somehow….. but could be reworked to use a recirculating pump. It is made of cement, and measures about 3′ tall. It is $1500.00
I love this very rare old tin urn. It is American, with a beautiful verdi gris finish . Quite lightweight. I wouldn’t plant right in it, but use a tub or liner inside to prevent splitting. It is 40″ H x 28″ D and is $1950.00 . Remember : the Canadian dollar has fallen more than 25% this year…… try going ‘shopping’ !
I really don’t want to sell this – hopefully it will just sit here for years…..planted now with ferns. It is a very large faux bois cement planter from France. Measuring 38″ x 14″ x 14″, it will only get more beautiful with age .$1850.00
More to come ! But drop by and drool soon.
July 29, 2015
I have fallen for these tiny treasures, and we have a terrific selection of them in now , late summer. They only ask for water – not much – in their 4″ pots. Very cold hardy perennials for a shady spot on a table or balcony. Shown here is Hosta ‘Lucky Mouse’, a sport of ‘Blue Mouse Ears’. I put a $5.00 bill beside it to show how tiny a fairly mature plant is . Other varieties we stock include ‘Harkaway’s Mini Gold’, ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘English Teeth’.
May 6, 2015
We are absolutely jammed with annuals (and everything else) , ready for MOTHER’S DAY weekend ! The weather is still crazy, but it is OK to plant everything except Basil outside. Cautious gardeners may prefer to wait to plant Coleus, Begonias and Tomatoes….. but I personally feel it is now safe in the greater Vancouver area. I have propagated many of my own dahlia collection, and we have husky 1 gal. pots of ‘CAFE AU LAIT’ – the amazing parchment/tan dahlia to sell. This is the hottest dahlia on the planet. Look at the picture below :
Succulents continue to be a big craze. Get them early, as the selection will not get any better than it is right now ….
And , we have really expanded our selection of FERMOB , French patio furniture ! This is very well-made, highest quality casual garden furniture that comes in fabulous colours .
March 6, 2015
Our benches are filling up with all new plants for Spring 2015 ! With such a head start to the planting season, the plants are waiting for new homes right now! This picture (below) shows a range of Euphorbias, Sedges and Grasses, all of which will be fine if it does become cooler….Our selection of Hebes is fantastic ! These little shrubs are terrific in creative pot planting/combinations. Some are hardy, some are sometimes hardy and some are ‘annuals’…
Hedging ? We sell YEWS, but not Cedars. Why?? Yews are a very dark green, clip very well, and genetically are not 100’ trees ! Of all the YEWS, ‘H.M. Eddie’ is our favourite. This selection produces NO BERRIES, and is therefore much cleaner in the garden. It is stiffly upright, tight growing (not floppy) and clips well. Also, H.M. Eddie was a legendary Vancouver nurseryman who operated just down Marine Drive, and was famous all over the world for his own rose introductions and the Dogwood hybrid he created, ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’.
So many things to write about…. look at these DOUBLE PRIMROSES ! They look like African Violets ! They would prefer to be out of the rain, but love the cool weather otherwise. They are also perennial, and only $3.99 each