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, April 26, 2018

Portland Nursery Hopping #2 Portland Nursery, Stark Street

Portland Nursery has two locations and after Hortlandia, I visited both.  Today, step into a springtime paradise with me at the Stark Street Location. This place is always overflowing with great plants exquisitely combined.  I won't talk a lot today so you can simply soak in all the color!

Isn't it nice to know that if you forgot to plant bulbs in the fall, you can always pick them up already blooming?  Cheating has it's price, though as bulbs are much less expensive than blooming plants.

Oh to have space for one of those circular arbors in my car and garden...

Hosta la vista, baby!

One could get sappy about the maple selection.  

Hey man, let's get some grass. 

Give a hoot.

Don't pollute.

Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Pearl'

Even at 50% off in the clearance area, these were a bit pricey for me. 

Abies Pinsapo 'Glauca' always looks so cute at this time of year. 

The inside jungle featuring macrame plant hangers.  (Say it ain't so.)   At least the new iteration doesn't feature those big ceramic beads with splotchy contrasting colored glazes. 

Let's face it, there's something for just about everyone here.

As Loree says, "There's always an agave."  As I usually counter, "There's always a begonia too.  One seldom sees them together.
Table after table of healthy, well-grown plants delighted but I didn't find anything I couldn't live without  on this visit. 

Also, for a good time, go here and scroll down to the third offering.  Alison (Bonney Lassie) had an idea about the two of us leading a discussion about garden blogging and guiding participants through the process of creating their own blogs.  I'm glad she roped me into this as it should be fun.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - Blue Sky, New Leaves, and Moss

What is that strange azure color?  Why are moss-encrusted, web-footed denizens of our soggy region emerging from their dwellings squinting, eyes shielded from the foreign fiery sphere in the sky?

High temperatures more typical of summer have come our way this week, that's why.  Fear not dear friends, the rain is scheduled to return on Saturday.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join the party!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fishing for Art - A Visit to Brian Fisher's Vashon Island Studio

Saturday was (finally) a warm(er) and sunny day, perfect to be on a boat in the water.  In this case, the boat was a Washington State ferry and sailing time to nearby Vashon Island is only fifteen minutes, not nearly long enough to cast a line or net.  Besides, fishing from such a vessel seems to be frowned upon.

Fortunately the reason for our boat ride was not to catch dinner but rather to visit talented artist and friend, Brian Fisher and to enjoy some of his new work.   To see  a 2012 visit to this home and garden click here.  Much has happened in both Brian's garden and studio space since then and we'll see more of  the garden in a later post.  In addition, Quartermaster Press, a printmaking collective, is having a 25 year celebration and retrospective show at their new digs in the Vashon Center for the Arts  (There may have also been a couple of nursery visits involved.)

Speaking of new digs, Brian and Peter have added fabulous new buildings to house Brian's studio..

I'll shut up and let the work speak for itself. 

Sacred Circles are Brian's first foray into digital collage.  Please forgive the reflections.

Okay, here are a couple of older pieces  of which I'm particularly fond  "Of Cabbages and Kings."

"Communion" has lived in my home for several years now. 

One of  four pieces  which will be hanging in the Tacoma Art Museum in June.  

If you're looking for something interesting to do next weekend and aren't attending the garden blogging discussion that Alison and I are hosting at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, drop by Vashon Island's Collector's Conversation!

Brian was kind enough to supply the following images which are far superior to mine.

Satyr Play - Monotype Print

Salix, Monotype Print

The River of Forgetting  - Monotype Print with 24k gold leaf

Majorca, Sacred Circle, Digital Collage

Here's Brian demonstrating Collagraphy:

You may be wondering what our net pulled up on this Fisher outing  Mixed Myth - Watercolor

Want to see more of Brian's work?  Check out his website here and to personally visit his studio along with those of 25 other artists, plan on attending Vashon Island Visual Artists Spring Studio Tour, May 5-6 & 12 -13 10am to 5pm.