The past three weeks I've had four residential landscape designs and installs, 2 ongoing maintenance clients, 3 articles to write and supply photographs for, 2 large bulb orders to sort through and pot up for spring sales, volunteer work and garden plant rescue from a garden that's being demolished, website update, and the seemingly never-ending task of putting the garden and nursery to sleep. I know I'm forgetting a few things, but this and my part time gig at the UW Botanic Gardens on the list as well, I'm just trying to hang on with a smile on my face whenever anyone sees me. hehe
It's been pretty fun and I absolutely love being productive.
Here's a photo montage of what I've been up to:
I've got in almost 1200 bulbs this fall and this is just one batch I've been potting up. These are plump and healthy bulbs of Narcissus canaliculatus from Van Engelen (who happens to be having a sale at this time as are Brent and Becky's Bulbs!)
Gardening friend and mentor Marian Raitz kindly invited the Hardy Plant Society of Washington to DIG! Oh boy did we dig, divide and pot up the many wonderful treasures that she possessed in her amazing garden near Medina. She and her husband are moving and leaving behind a remarkable garden and collection of plants. She kindly let me harvest the massive stalks with seedheads and bulblets of the giant Himalayan lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum.
Can't resist the SEXiest flower of fall. I've been madly shopping for plants for clients and the installations I've been doing. During these ventures, I always take forever because I'm so incredibly picky about plants and I just have to see it all (even thought I don't really need it). So in a previous blog post, I mentioned caving in and purchasing a beauty I just couldn't resist. Here it is again, but now its at Landwave: Schizostylis coccinea 'Torero'
Garden visits are always great fun, but at times it feels like work because I'm constantly making a lot of mental notes about what I should be growing and propagating and constantly generating ideas for future projects. I paid the Miller Garden a visit with Matt Berberich a few weeks ago and we took in the wonderful fall color and knowledge of curator, Richie Steffen. See photos here!
This is the one plant that made me gasp. Yep, a rare double-flowered blue Gentian imported from the UK. OMFG!
Alright, fairly caught up. Time for bed, y'all!