WPC: Split Second Story

The, crouching into my photo of lovely Hibiscus, "Kopper King."

Theo, crouching into my photo of lovely Hibiscus, “Kopper King.”

This is Theo.

Theo spotted me photographing his plants at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market this morning.

Knotts Creek Nursery's display is acroos the street.  They area the ones flocked with customers....

Knotts Creek Nursery’s display is across DoG street at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market this morning.  They are the ones flocked with customers….

He ended up selling me the plant I wanted to photograph, and a lot more!

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Knotts Creek Nursery, in Suffolk, normally a wholesaler; brought a selection of their beautifully grown perennials, herbs, and shrubs to temp the citizenry of Williamsburg this morning.

And the plants were just flying out of  the display so fast that you couldn’t hesitate.

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A beautiful Euphorbia was there and gone in an instant.  Other customers were browsing “my pile,” already paid for, before my partner could get round with the car to load up.

So the lovely Hibiscus “Kopper King” came home with us, as did some perennial Salvias, perennial Foxglove, and a Hibiscus Coccineus ‘Texas Star’.

This Foxglove came home to Forest Garden today.

This Foxglove came home to Forest Garden today.

Theo is a great salesman!  I liked him right away, as soon as he crouched into the frame of my first photo.

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We chatted, and I found out why.  It seems Theo is just finishing up his first year of teaching high school science in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  I’m sure his students and colleagues love him.

He is a bright spirit, and knows his plants.

When I asked him for not just “deer resistant” varieties, but poisonous ones;  he sent me to the Foxglove right away.

This lovely Echinacea did not make the cut.... "deer candy."

This lovely Echinacea did not make the cut…. “deer candy.”

Yes, with a raised eyebrow, but give the customer what they want,   Right?

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Achillea

All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Split Second Story

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

2 responses to “WPC: Split Second Story

  1. Laura

    Gnome, Love your photos and everything I’m learning from your blog. I am just starting a woodland garden, editing, adding, etc. I live in JCC too and thought you might be able to identify something I am so glad I did not pull out. It’s a vine that likes to hug the ground and last week was covered with little white flowers.
    I can’t paste a photo here but it may be familiar to you. Thanks!

    • Dear Laura,

      So happy to hear from you! Starting a woodland garden in JCC will be such fun for you. There are so many wonderful plants we can grow here, and the shade is a beautiful respite in mid-summer.

      If you’ll send a photo to me at woodlandgnome@zoho.com I’ll see if I can help you figure out the name of your vine.

      Thank you for visiting Forest Garden today. Best wishes, WG

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