Sarracenia Northwest: Open House September 13, 2015

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Hope no one minds that this is being posted several months after the fact, but this is a special post and it’s taken me some time to consider it and gather the courage to post it. This post is not just about the amazing jewel of a nursery Sarracenia Northwest, it’s about family—and finding it.

Years ago I met its owner Jeff Dallas when he contacted me about some Dracunculus vulgaris bulbs I was selling on Craigslist. He arrived, we visited a bit, and then he asked me about my family because he’d seen my name when I’d responded to his message.

The moment he asked me, I knew exactly who he was and I was both stunned and joyful. I’d just recently been told that I had cousins who’d been put up for adoption when they were born—and here was one of them!

Time passed.

After that first encounter, we’d not planned to speak again, and I’m sure it was just as awkward for him as it was for me. In the back of my mind though, I’d kept a mental note to get back in touch with him—and I did!

If you have the chance to sign up for one of their Open Houses I absolutely recommend it! You pay a small fee per car and in addition to being fed a picnic lunch you get to take home one free plant.

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This is the free plant I took home and I just checked on it tonight. It’s very much alive and happy outside. So far, so good!

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Jeff and I at the Open House.

After our initial chat was over that day, I was able to walk around the nursery and take it all in without feeling quite as awkward.

I walk through a lot of nurseries and I see a lot of plants but this was even more fun knowing he’s my cousin. I’m proud of his work, the business, well, and that he lives for plants. (Have I stressed that enough yet?)

Sarracenia Northwest is a gift. Having it nearby is a wonderful thing. They are also a mail-order nursery.

I can’t lie and say that I know nearly as much about these plants as Jeff.  Please check out there Website and see for yourself! You’ll be happy you did.

A Dozen Garden Moments from the Summer of 2014

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1) Two of my favorite pieces of concrete garden decor were stolen off of my front porch. Boo!

TakenFromPorch2) I watched Mona the Cat flourish after the fence went into the back garden.

MonaOnTheFence3) Yes, you heard me correctly, a fence went into the back garden.

IMG_69464) I learned on the 4th of July that the pink blossoms of the Feijoa sellowiana taste a lot like fruity marshmallows. Yum.

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5) Seeds I’d tossed out into the garden finally bloomed. I was elated to see this Meconopsis cambrica ‘Flore Pleno’. Well hello there gorgeous!IMG_73956) The Garden Bloggers Fling went down in Portland and it was great to spend time with old and new friends. Although I was still exhausted from back surgery, I had a wonderful time. (Seen here on the far left is Laura of Gravy Lessons and on the right is Jennifer of Rainy Day Gardener.

securedownload7) It was a blast to jump on my bike to attend the first annual Montavilla Gardens Tour in the next neighborhood over from mine.

IMG_76118) While attending a monthly meetup group for Italian language speakers my husband and I were pleased to discover this fantastic giardinetto.

IMG_75379) I also found a lot of peace and comfort is this slightly more formal edible garden designed by the garden designer and author Vanessa Gardner Nagel. (She blogs over at Garden Chirps.)

IMG_784310) Recently I’ve been acting as a caregiver to my eldest cat, Macavity. She’s had a rough time these past few weeks.

IMG_817011) Filming a brief segment on cooking cardoons for the local show Garden Time was a blast. I’d never dreamed of doing anything like that and there will be more on that experience here soon. (The piece is set to air on October 4th.)

IMG_814912) Best Espelette pepper harvest ever.

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Now bring on my Pacific Northwest rain! I’m ready for it to pour and my skin is dry, thirsty, and tired.

Hope you had a great summer too!

Happy Autumn!