This weekend I made it down to Portland, Oregon and finally got a chance to visit Hammer & Vine. I’ve seen them at reptile shows (even got my favorite fern from them, seen in the last picture on this post) and admired their glass on Dendroboard (blown glass egg pods? NEED.) but I hadn’t gotten a chance to visit the actual show until this past Friday. It’s pretty spectacular.
This is the corner I was looking for! The store was full of all sorts of plants, including a large selection of tillandsia, succulents, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, orchids, and numerous other tropical plants. I picked up a jewel orchid and a small philodendron while I was there.
The philodendron can be seen on the far right. I haven’t IDed the species yet, but I really like the darker green veining.
Lots and lots of tillandsias.
Some interesting mounted orchids. Once I set up a larger tank, I’ll start collecting these too, I’m sure.
They had a beautiful selection of bromeliads. I was particularly attracted to some of the striped cryptanthus and the one on the far left below. Again, I need a larger tank before I start collecting these. Only the tiniest species work in the tanks I have now.
Once I pulled myself away from the plants, the rest of the shop was pretty amazing too.
The glass dart frog egg pods I want are similar to these. Much better than film canisters! Hopefully Hammer & Vine will start selling them again soon.
Vases? Sea creatures? Seed pods? I’m not sure, but I really like them.
This frog lives in a tank under the register.
Hammer & Vine is located on Burnside in North West Portland, about half a mile west of Powell’s City of Books. If you’re in the area, I strongly suggest visiting both! I stocked up on a bunch of books right after leaving Hammer & Vine… or more like an hour after leaving. I got lost in the book store for quite a while!