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
Medium Band Pot Nice seed-grown plants we got from a friend who is hardy orchid breeder - lucky us! Typically B. ochracea has yellowish flowers and while we received these as B. ochracea, we will call them a hybrid just to be safe as these have pink flowers. Of course he is the orchid expert so maybe we should listen to him!. Vigorous plants when established with tall stems to 30" with pink flowers. These are not something generally available and we're very pleased to have a few to offer. 1-2 shoots on these with a few starting to show flower spikes although not all will bloom.
Large Band Pot Broadly distributed in Asia from India through China and into Japan, this is surprisingly quite scarce in cultivation. We got seeds from our garden fiend friends in Victoria who funnel us great plants. This is evergreen with wide leaves and a narrow vertical aspect. Drooping flower heads with bead-like seeds heads are quite good and is best in light shade. The fact that Roy Lancaster has this in his garden in England is all the endorsement anyone should need.
Large Band Pot A big look for the shade with magnificent rounded leaves to 3' wide and early summer panicles of plumed white flowers on stalks up to five feet high. Loves a rich moist soil and shovelful or two of cow, horse, goat or llama poo would be most welcome.
4" Band Pot Exceptional double Campanula we received via Bob Brown's Cotswold Garden Flowers in England. This has big medium blue flowers like 2 shallow cups nested together. These are on strong stems which don't blow over and we can testify to that living on the windswept Port Townsend Steppe. This is a good performer and one that has the panache to mingle in the trendy garden as well as carrying a classic look that works in the cottage or Victorian garden. Or in our case it shines in our looking-for-a-genre sunny border.
4" Pot An indispensable Port Townsend plant. This rugged South African is sun, wind and drought tolerant and absolutely hardy here. One of the most admired plants in our border for its profuse display of large yellow to orange daisies on low stems. Good drainage.
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 One of the truly elegant cultivars and one that will be the toast of the garden. This is one of 5 surviving C. xcrocosmoides bred by Max Leichtlin of Baden-Baden Germany before 1895 that is still in cultivation. A true heirloom cultivar. Tall stems with fingers of flowers held out like a ladies hand extended to be kissed. Refined orange tepals nicely spaced reflects its obvious confident sense of self and of place which speaks to its heritage of Teutonic thoroughness and simmering superiority.
Large Band Pot This blooms like there is no tomorrow smothering itself in a dense sheet of purple. A very short and compact plant to perhaps 18" tall and broader. Good dark green foliage should be the perfect foil for the flowers except it is totally obscured by bloom but we're not complaining! Good garden workhorse.