A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - August 18 - We had 1/2" of rain this past weekend and talk about a mood enhancer! Working hard on new adds for the website so must get back to it............. June 29 - We have been doing our fair share of watering here of late and really appreciated the cloudy day yesterday which gave us a bit of a break. We do a lot of hand watering and this lets us keep an eye on what is happening with the plants. One of the best...... 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 open Thurs-Sat 10-4 but will have occasional extended hours and we might take the odd weekend off from retail to catch up on work here so check our open days on the right hand side of this page just to confirm if you are planning a visit.
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
Large Band Pot This is a dynamite cultivar also called 'Florida' but names aside, the flowers totally rock. White and dark red fragrant flowers marry nicely with the rich purple-tinted foliage. We keep ours trimmed to an informal shrub but it can be a vigorous vine. Nice orange fruit.
4" Pot A selection of Hardy Impatiens named for the pale hazy patina scudding across the leaves. This is truly hardy in our area, dying down at first frost but coming back in late spring. Apricot yellow flowers in late summer to early flower are a bonus. Spreads well in rich moist soil.
Large Band Pot A likely hybrid between two fab foliage species, Syneilesis palmata and S. aconitifolia. We have Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery to thank for these goodies. Silken silver conical new growth unfurling to deeply dissected round leaves - nothing like it! Flowers are an afterthought but in the realm of Syneilesis are pretty good but it is for the amazing foliage that you grow this.
4" Pot Divisions from a a batch of Asiatic Fall blooming hybrids that we selected out the best light bloom forms. These are real nice and I'm here tro tell you that it pains us to sell them. Mat forming and deciduous and making lots of new crowns, this has grand 2"-3" sky blue trumpets. Rich, moist and acidic.
Medium Band Pot A hybrid rock garden Phlox whose origin we have yet to suss out but we'll find out more than we expected at the NARGS Study Weekend March 2012 in Everett Washington because that's where the experts will be. Sue grew this in northern Vermont and it has been very happy here making exceptional dense dark green congested hummocks of foliage with small white flowers tinged in lavender.
Large Band Pot We're pleased to offer this uncommon South African 'Poker. Light butterscotch well-spaced buds open to pale cream, yellowish tones or a tawny orange. There is some seedling variation hence the range of colors. What doesn't vary is the elegance of the flowers with their long tapering wands of florets standing tall above the long dark green broadly grassy foliage. We've been impressed by the established clumps which keep sending up new flowers well after the first flowers have gone to seed. They are in a moist spot and seem to really respond to the extra water.
4" Pot It seems most Erodium chrysanthum in cultivation are hybrids which isn't surprising considering the promiscuous nature of Geraniaceae plus if you're a nursery, you are going to choose the most vigorous to propagate which can mean it's a mutt. This is likely a hybrid in the Erodium x lindavicum complex from Greece and is what you most likely get if you have Erodium chrysanthum. Drier with occasional water and sunny.
Large Band Pot Award of Merit Aster from England which makes a profuse cloud of small pale pink flowers in large billowy display on arching stems. Nice tall stems and thin fine-textured leaves adds to the whole package. Pretty exceptional in the realm of Asters and one which Carol Klein calls "an immensely pretty plant". 'Kylie' is also a rare interspecific hybrid between Aster novae-angliae 'Andenken x Alma Potschke' x Aster ericoides 'White Heather'. We know Asters have been segregated into a bunch of unpleasant sounding genera and we have finally climbed on board. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.