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jungle fever exotics

Love that leaf! But. it’s going to have to go in a stock tank. According to what I’ve read, it’s hardy, but it runs like crazy.

I first read about Jungle Fever Exotics over a year ago, when Loree of danger garden wrote about her visit there. Although I haven’t actually started working on the gravel garden that I want to install, I’ve been doing plenty of research online about plants that might thrive there, and I thought Jungle Fever might be just the place to find some suitable plants. Although the nursery is small, taking up an urban plot in the center of Tacoma, the experience was overwhelming. It reminded me of my first visit to a nursery when we moved here to Washington. There were so many plants that I was unfamiliar with!
I’ve been meaning to do another post about a local nursery for Pam Penick’s Support Your Independent Nursery Month meme, which has been running every Wednesday for the month of October (I know, it’s Saturday, I’m a few days late, but at least it’s still October). To read Pam’s final post in the series, go here.

So. what did I buy?
The first thing I did when I arrived was a circuit of the nursery with my camera out, taking photos of what I found interesting. I meant to go back and pick this Lobelia tupa up, but I forgot. Oh well, I just have to go back, I guess. We saw Lobelia tupa in flower during the Garden Bloggers’ Fling in July, in more than one garden. My first Fling post included a picture of it flowering in Shelagh Tucker’s garden. Even though it might not be hardy for me (I’m at a higher elevation than Seattle), it’s such a striking plant, that I’m willing to take a chance on it.
I’ve already bought two Trachycarpus fortunei for the gravel garden, but there is room for probably one more tree or shrub. I love the prehistoric foliage of gingko trees, but I’m afraid that it will just get way too big.
Are you beginning to sense a theme? Finding hardy plants for this gravel garden is going to be a challenge. I’m facing a steep learning curve. But learning is a large part of the fun of gardening.
That’s only three plants, but according to my husband who was waiting for me in the car, as I made my way back to him, I looked like a kid who had just come from a visit to Santa.

I did one post earlier this month about Christianson’s Nursery, but for most of the rest of the month the stars just haven’t aligned for me to visit and write about another. Either the weather has been too cold and rainy, or I’ve been trying to take advantage of the confluence of a good night’s sleep and good weather (i.e. no rain) to work on my own garden. But this morning I woke to blue skies, puffy clouds, and the cool, crisp, golden air of a perfect autumn day. After a quick planting of some seeds, and performing a few cursory chores in my garden, I decided it was time for a journey to Jungle Fever Exotics, in Tacoma, Washington, less than a half-hour drive from my house.

Bonney Lassie Saturday, October 29, 2011 Jungle Fever Exotics I’ve been meaning to do another post about a local nursery for Pam Penick’s Support Your Independent Nursery Month meme,

Jungle fever exotics

Loree, you must have been in heaven. Yes to your new career idea, plant broker! I hope you figure out how to make it happen – you’d be perfect! I have heard of this nursery but never been. Tacoma’s off the beaten track for me too. Glad you stopped, what a great-looking place. The signage alone would be enough to make me practically crash the car too. I think I will have to find room for a manzanita, after all you have shown, and I am also trying my first grevellia too this year. Love your whale’s tongue agave and I am a new convert to mahonia too, starting to add them since they berries and flowers are so beneficial to the native critters.

Denise, amazing. for sure!
But right here is where all my rational thinking ended. Just look at that huge Agave ovatifolia! (Whale’s Tongue Agave), and the babies are pretty cute too! And much more affordable, and transportable.

RFG, you better plan to drive home. so you can fill up your car!
That pitacairnea is awesome! I wish I could find those around here, or maybe just some of those relic like concrete Buddha reliefs. Someday I will go to the Pacific Northwest and I’ll know what nurseries to search for!
RBell, ah. I believe this M.’Soft Caress’ is one I fell in love with but left behind due to the price. I returned to the same nursery early this spring to discover their foliage crispy and brown. But it was beautiful. the fist time I saw it.
Laura, agreed they are amazing.
OMG that one you found in the parking lot took my breath. The edges look black! I want it! Next time I’m across the border I might have to take a visit.

This is a San Marcos Growers tag! When you start getting excited about the growers you know you are a plant junkie right? But I’ve never found a nursery in Oregon or Washington that sells their plants. I was excited! I asked the owner if he made buying trips down to Santa Barbara, but he said no. He has a broker who buys for him (note to self…investigate this career opportunity…I’m really good at buying plants…why not buy them for other people for a living?).

Jungle fever exotics You absolutely have to stop at a nursery with a sign like this, right? Thank god Jungle Fever Exotics was my destination, so I was watching for a sign. Had I just been