We're a bit fanatical about our gardens. The Maven has been known to travel great distances for obscure plants, often killing them within the first year.

She hopes that isn't the case with the Himalayan Blue Poppy that showed up on Monday. Jason (a.k.a. the world's best husband), surprised The Maven with this most elusive of plants. She'd wanted one for so long that Jason got tired of hearing about it. So he took matters into his own hands and stopped by Evermay Nursery, a Bangor-area greenhouse that specializes in unusual alpine plants and rock-garden varieties.

Owner Richard May couldn't be nicer, and we love supporting his business. Because many of his plants are super-rare — and if you've read "The Orchid Thief," you know there are plant poachers out there — you'll have to call him to find out Evermay's exact location (click here for all the information you need). While the Web site will give you a pretty good idea of what's available, nothing beats an in-person visit to see this curiosity shop of plants. Many are so small that the uninitiated may wonder what all the fuss is about. But garden fanatics like The Maven totally get it.

And once you've seen the Himalayan Blue Poppy in bloom — one of nature's only true blue blossoms — you may just become a plant freak, too.


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