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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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pot Addiction and A Look Around the Greenhouse

It's August first.  Heavy sigh.  While summer is still in full swing and autumn won't arrive until late September, the passing of July is a bit of a turning point for me.  August is the month when I plan the entire choral year for my Sunday job and the month when meetings and preparation for the school year begin.  Soon working six days a week and some evenings will resume and garden tasks, which were leisurely done between frequent breaks, will once again be hurriedly sandwiched in between work hours. Comparing three months to a weekend,  June is like Friday night,  a couple of weeks off and what seems like an endless amount of time stretching out before you; July is like Saturday, leisurely with no hurry to do a whole lot;  August is like Sunday - Still a few hours (a couple of weeks) before work starts but Monday is definitely near.  While the natural world sings of high summer, I mentally begin the metamorphosis from silly singing Grasshopper to industrious, work-minded ant.

Yesterday, I mentioned my visit to Washington Pottery, and previously shared that my friend and neighbor Sandy had given me her pots.  In addition, Alison recently passed on a couple of pots that didn't work in her garden.  Some of you wanted to see the haul and where they could possibly fit so here we go...

First, the pots from Alison were two large brown dragon-themed pots.

One is on top of a rotting stump and holds a rotating variety of plants awaiting permanent homes.

The larger of the two is the new home of the big brugmansia in the greenhouse. Much nicer than the old plastic pot.  Re potting this was a two-person operation.

Pots from Sandy:


I had the large and small purple pots already.  Sandy's middle-sized pot made this a nice trio.

There are actually more pots than can be seen in this picture but they're hiding behind plants right now.

Not currently used  to best appreciate the shape of the pot.

Tall blue hexagon is now home to Sinopanax formosanus.

From Washington Pottery:

Two gold pots flank the back gate which finally got painted.

Got a couple of these.

For some reason, two seemed to be the number of the day and two of these popped into my cart as well.

 Mostly, I got terra cotta pots as they're always useful. Three which had no price tag on them were thrown in free!


At  50 cents, I would have bought more of these if they had them!  Alas, only two. 

Another lovely pot, complete with Aeonium 'Kiwi' and a cool bead ornament appeared in the greenhouse on the day of my garden open.  A special gift from my pal Chavliness.  Love it!

Since we're in the greenhouse, let's take a look around.  I was never really fond of cacti six years ago. A few soft succulents, maybe but certainly nothing with spines, but their beauty and variety has me hooked. The fact that they like to be ignored during the winter is a bonus. 

The arid side is looking a bit crowded but will be even more so this winter.  Some of these may come inside the house.


Oh, there's another new pot from Washington Pottery up there in the rafters holding what I think is Selenicereus anthonyanus (assorted succulents.)

The view to the left that you've seen in previous greenhouse posts. 

It seems like there are still a lot of plants in here.  They're just more spread out than they will be during the winter.



The wall of green to the left is the tomato plants which will be gone by the time the fall migration happens.





Few people see this  Colocasia that's sort of stuffed back in a corner.  The idea a couple of years ago, was to start it here and relocate it outside for the summer.  Poor thing never got moved outside but seems perfectly happy growing here.



Back out to the pot ghetto.  My blogging pal Linda just posted  some photos of my garden here.  It's always interesting to see our gardens through someone else's lens. 
Happy August everyone! 

21 comments:

  1. So many pots and plants! I can't have small pots because my cats and dogs knock them over all the time... Happy August for you too!

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  2. Happy August to you too! Good analogy comparing summer to a weekend. You found some nice treasures at the pottery sale. I cannot pass up terra cotta pots when I see them at the thrift store. I know I chortled at you for pulling over to pick up those freebies, but only because I envied you for being brave enough to do it. So glad you wanted those dragon pots!

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    1. I love your dragon pots and someday hope to group yours with the two smaller matching ones that I already had.

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  3. So much to see.
    I loved the blue vases.
    I love to see images because we have more ideas to make the garden more beautiful.
    Hugs
    Janicce

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Janice! Hugs to you.

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  4. Love those first big pots and big plants. Great combos. And too perfect that you had small and large blue pots and got a medium. I buy pairs of pots because when I don't I always seem to have spots for two. Nothing worse than wanting a second and not getting it.

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    1. I've always liked that color/pattern of pot and already had two smaller ones that match the new big ones. Someday I hope to bring them together in a group in some way.

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  5. Whatever did you do before the garage was converted into a greenhouse?! I loved the Atlas figure lifting the glass coffee table top - I don't recall noticing that before.

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    1. That fun coffee table came from a yard sale years ago. The glass had been outside for quite a while and the owner thought the table was worthless because it was dirty so I got it for a song.

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  6. This post is the happiest thing about August to me. I want to be Sally's new best friend so she can get rid of some pots my way and I would love to go shopping with you. What a haul.

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    1. Come on over, I'm always in the mood to go shopping!

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    1. Happy August to you. Hope it's not too hot and humid down there!

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  8. It was such a pleasure being in your greenhouse in person. I couldn't begin to take in all of the details. A post of my pics is upcoming.

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  9. Wow! So glad you could provide a home to Alison's homeless (but stunning) dragon pots. Jealous you met Chavliness but she (she?) has great taste in containers. I've almost bought that one for myself several times.

    Your summer analogy is perfect...sorry Sunday has rolled around so soon.

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    1. I was lucky enough to meet Chavliness a few years ago at the NFGS, again at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show, and got to visit her Seattle Garden. She's a stellar person and it was a special surprise that she visited my garden!

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  10. What an extraordinary glasshouse! Whish I would have so much space where I could place my pot plants in winter.

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  11. I marvel at the time you must spend tending all the inside as well as outside plants. And then you work full time, too? Wow, impressive feat, Peter!

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  12. I also hate to see summer passing by so quickly. Love your blue gate and your pot collection. Thing I dislike about small pots, though, is how fast they dry out.

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  13. And I thought I had a lot of pots. You have some stunners especially the dragon pots.

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