Thursday, June 7, 2012

You need to check out Far Reaches Farm

I recently discovered Far Reaches Farm, and let me tell you, if you don't know about this specialty  mail-order nursery in Port Townsend, Washingon, you, and your garden, are missing out in a big way.  I was initially attracted by an offering of Clematis otophora; this is the first offering of this species into U.S horticulture, and collected by the proprietors on an expedition to China.  This is only the beginning though.  Searching their extensive inventory reveals many unique plants; rare highland Maianthemum species from Guatemala, esoteric Hepatica selections, terrestrial orchids, Asian and European woodland species, and many, many more choice and nearly impossible to find horticultural specimens.  This is one of those great catalogues that entices and educates.

I couldn't help myself, so I placed a small order.  The plants I received were large, robust, and well-established. The plants were well-labeled, and mention that the nursery uses no peat moss, non-organic herbicides, insecticides, or fungicides on their plants.  What are you waiting for?

Here is my order immediately after arrival.  I could not be happier!  Note the deep band pot the Podophyllum versipelle is growing in, allowing this woodland species to develop an extensive root system despite the confines of the container.

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