A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - March 29 2014
It is finally going to happen. We are going to be open for retail here at the nursery starting April 4 & 5 from 10-4. We are calling this our usual "soft opening" because we won't be fully stocked by any means but we are cleaning and labeling like mad. The gardens are still in their winter cleanup and editing phase but are coming together. Read more....
The Skinny on Far Reaches Farm
Welcome to our online store and hope you
find many of the rare plants offered as fun as we do. We’ve been collecting, growing and learning
about plants all our lives and the excitement has simply grown with time and we
look forward to sharing our phytomaniacal obsession with you. There are worse things to be afflicted with
than gardening. Take a moment and read some of the categories to your left on this page like "About Our Plants" for example so you know what to expect.
We have many more plants available here at the nursery that are not listed on our online store. Many are too large or don't ship easily or are in small quantities or we just haven't managed to get them up on the website. If we just didn't need to sleep, we could get more done. The nursery is not open all the time so check our hours and open days.
We propagate and grow most of our plants
ourselves which allows us to grow many more impractical species than we should. Many times people shy away from a rare plant thinking it is hard to grow, but more often, it is difficulty of propagation or simply not fitting into a standard nursery routine that makes a plant rare in commerce. Of course, not all of our plants are uncommon - that would be leaving out way too many good ones such as some of our favorite herbaceous genera like Trillium, Meconopsis, Podophyllum, Paeonia, Paris, Heloniopsis, Crocosmia and then the woody genera like Sorbus, Styrax, Magnolia, Decaisnea, Hydrangea and the like.
We will be adding new plants frequently so do check back.
We continue to enjoy the response from our customers - thank you! Here are a few of the comments we have received:
order(s) today. My plants arrived beautifully packed,
healthy, and surprisingly large. Thank you Far Reaches Farm!” – B.
H. North Carolina
“I received my plants this morning and what fine ones they
Thank you, too, for the bonus
Iris. I will certainly sing your praises among the plant groups I
belong to and, rest assured, I will be ordering from you again.” – RH – Colorado
Thank you, thank
you for your beautifully wrapped plants that made their way to Montana bursting with
vibrance and energy!” – LS – Montana
“This is my second order
with you. Your plants in my first order were large, healthy and very well
packed. I greatly appreciate doing business with you, and look forward to
more in the future. I understand you recently started offering plants
online mail order, it is great to have you as a resource for these beautiful
and rare plants. Keep up the great work, and know that you have a very
pleased and happy customer.” AO -
“I received my plant order yesterday. I just want to say I
am so excited by the wonderful condition of the plants and the excellent
shipping conditions you provided! You did a wonderful job of
packing. The plants are in beautiful condition and are so healthy.
I also want to thank you for the bonus plant! I didn’t expect that so it was a
wonderful surprise. I will certainly recommend your mail order
KD -- Washington
“you have sent me the finest mail-order plant material I
have ever received. Am spreading the word among all the Connecticut gardeners I know.”
RK - Connecticut
Quart Pot A recent release first appearing in the UK's RHS Plant Finder in 2008-9 and in the current 2011-2012 issue a grand total of two nurseries are offering Crocosmia 'Moses' so we might be first here in the US of A. We can only guess that this was named with the biblical burning bush in mind for this is a vivid flare in the landscape. Vibrant orange flowers darker on the outside and on the interior there is a bit of yellow wash showing through the orange providing a nice accent to the center of each tepal face. A sturdy plant to 3 feet or a bit more, this is worthy and will begat much pleasure.
Large Band Pot A good orange large flowered Crocosmia with a yellow center to draw the eye. It's a good thing we love orange because this is orange and then some so it makes sense that we like this one. We run into people every year who tell us that they just don't do orange in their garden and we stare at them in mute slack-jawed disbelief with a hastily veiled look of pity. Maybe in the shade garden but the sunny beds crave something to rival the intensity of the August sun and this fills the bill. A 1993 hybrid by van Dijk.
4" Pot A most improbable looking Glad but one you will be glad to grow. Pun intended. This South African species never fails to garner attention when it is in flower and is perfectly hardy in the ground here. The flowers are somewhat hooded and are white brushed with purple on the outside and a yellow splash outlined in maroon inside. In nursery parlance, this is a good grower and fast increaser which translates to "plant it where you want a lot of it" as this makes a staggering number of new bulbs each year. This has taken the "Go forth and multiply" thing to a whole new level. So forewarned is forearmed and all that. It is a cool plant and a lot of gardens have a spot that can be devoted to an eternal Gladiolus papilio monoculture.
Quart Pot This beguiling stinker could be called Beauty and the Beast. If it was a dead beast. The fascinating flower appears before the leaves with the flower bud unzipping in minutes and it then heats up a couple degrees above the ambient air temperature and wafts quite an aroma to lure the carrion flies. This doesn't last very long as the flies quickly pollinate the flower and the smell switch gets flipped off. Tropical leaves and the best petiole or leaf stem around being beautifully mottled in prominent rusty maroon spots.. Moist and good drainage and best mulched over winter as the bulbs are typically not very deep. A good increaser by offsets, this does fine in our shade garden and would be just as happy in the sun. In cold zones, the bulbs can be lifted and stored inside and will actually bloom with the bulb just sitting in your living room although it begs the question "Why?". These bulbs likely won't bloom this year but you'll get great foliage.
Tall Band Pot The penultimate Poker in our opinion at this particular moment. Tall wands of orange tubular flowers well spaced on the stem echo images of Aloes in Southern California. These 5'-6' flower stems start in July and continue right up until frost. This is a sterile form so it sets little or no seed and since it never manages to consummate the procreational act, it keeps trying. Personally I am in awe of its stamina. A good spreader which quickly makes a clump. The leaves are much shorter than the flower stems and thin-bladed as well as being deciduous at least in our climate. This may not be as hardy as some other species but is worth every effort to make happy. We mulch ours for the winter and that seems to meet its needs.
Quart Pot Rare in cultivation, this form from NW India of this Solomon's Seal is mainly an epiphytic species growing in mossy trees and on mossy, humus covered rocks. The speckled pale pink flowers hang as small bells as the new growth elongates and as the season progresses, the flowers turn into attractive red fruits. In frost-free areas, the fruit-bearing stems overwinter and overlap the flowering of the next year's growth which is very charming. This is an evergreen species in mild areas and is some years for us but of late has been deciduous due to cold winters with no ill effects. It has done very well in our raised shade beds and this is another plant we mulch in the fall as a winter precaution. Good drainage.
Quart Pot Bottlebrush. Fun and very hardy selection that has willowy and twisting branchlets sporting 2" light yellow flower brushes on the branch tips all pointing willy-nilly for a wild Medusal effect. Length of bloom is longer on older plants so it is true that some things get better with age. I feel that way about Sue and another month o the diet, she'll feel the same about me.. Happy in nearly any soil and happiest with regular water. Not deer fodder.
4" Pot Very cool South African bulb grown from seed we received from English plantsman Harry Hay many years ago. Harry was a discriminating collector of plants and generous in sharing. This has broad strap leaves and tall stems bearing pendulous flowers of softly muted green. Truly regal. This has been amply hardy for us and appreciates a bit of shade from the hottest part of the day and will do well on an eastern aspect which where we have ours planted on our sunny border. Nice bulbs which are reaching flowering size so some will and some won't but for those that don't it will be next year for sure.