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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Some Tempting Wares and What I Bought

It's always fun to shop at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. Some years I am in the mood to buy everything I see. Other years I know exactly what I want and I make a beeline for it, especially if I know in advance that the vendor I'm interested in is going to be there. Many of them occupy the same spots every year, but others tend to move around a bit.

This year I knew what I wanted, but I still took some time to look around. I missed a lot, though, because of the crowds. If an aisle was too crowded to walk down, I skipped it. People who wander aimlessly or refuse to move at all annoy me.

Sedum Chicks has interesting little succulent tapestries for hanging on the wall. They also sell succulents in four-inch pots in case you want to make your own.

I like those planted-up black patent leather shoes, I kind of regret I didn't buy them

Rusty Birds has interesting art made out of rusty metal, not all of it birds.

This is like a smaller version of Potted's metal city planter

Some are left naturally rusty, but others are painted

Abraxas Crow Company makes steel sculptures of mostly birds. I bought a crow from them many years ago, possibly at the very first show I attended.

My blogging buddy Peter The Outlaw Gardener posted this week's In a Vase on Monday using a vase that he bought from potter Cindy Jenkins. What a fertile, creative mind this woman has!

The birds have holes in the top so they can be used as tiny vases

Her ceramic tiles are a lot of fun too!

I liked these three Polynesian lady's heads

All kinds of animals!

Stone Steel & Heart carves shapes into flagstones, and sometimes adds shapes carved out of metal to flagstones as art pieces for the garden. Very nice work, but expensive.

So....what did I buy? I couldn't resist this vase from Cindy Jenkins, because she reminded me of someone -- me! She's even a little bent in the head, which is also very much me.

Blue-eyed, white-haired lady

And on the flip side, the exotic secret personality I hide inside

For now, this cut-out fern from Rusty Birds is sitting on a table in our living room, but Nigel would like to set it up so it is lit from behind

I also bought the word "Joy" from Rusty Birds. Somewhere out in the garage I have the words "Garden" and "Shed" which I  will put on the side of my garden shed -- some day.

I bought a few plants, of course.

Three Anemone nemorosa from Keeping It Green Nursery

And this Arisaema and the two below, also from Keeping It Green

Three red peonies from Peony's Envy

I didn't realize until I got home that they had misspelled the name on the tag -- it should be 'Henry Bockstoce.'

Four bulbs of an Asiatic lily called 'Mascara' from Mak Lilies & Perennials

A double red Primrose from N & M Herb Nursery

I bought this mushroom from Swanson's to go with the tiny Alice figurine I've had for a few months out in a pot in the greenhouse

I thought this flower frog from Perfect Arrangers might be useful when the cutting garden starts producing cut flowers, although it only fits in a couple of the vases that I've bought

I had fun shopping this year. Now if only the weather would cooperate so I can get those bare-root plants into the ground. So far this week has been sunny and dry but cold, down into the mid-20s at night and barely up into the 40s during the day. Too cold for me to be outside on my hands and knees in damp soil. I was going to pot up the peonies and lilies anyway. Maybe some day this week during that one hour in the afternoon when the temperature cracks 45, I'll get out there quick with a trowel.


  1. I had fun walking the show with you! You got some great plants and stuff from the vendors! Keep warm!

  2. So much fun to tour the show with all of you PNW gardeners. Love your plant purchases.

  3. What fun, thank you for the tour of the festival, I enjoyed it. I loved the rusty stuff and the Cindy Jenkins ceramics too. Great buys.

  4. Wow you made up for the fact I didn't buy a thing, thank you!

  5. It was great to meet you in person finally! What a great show! I love Cindy's pottery, I have a few of her pieces, she's such a hoot! And anytime your in town and want to stop, just give me buzz!

  6. You got great stuff! I would be utterly broke - and have to buy a second suitcase to haul stuff home. I LOVE that white wood window/door frame with the rusty birds occupying the cut-outs. Now I'm thinking I should mail order some rusty birds for my lath house! A friend got me a vertical planter kits for succulents as a Christmas gift and your photos have inspired me to get to it and plant it up.

  7. Thanks for showing us what you bought!

  8. ok, I love the fern cut-out and I'm hoping that vendor is at the SF Garden Show this year-I would buy one of their pieces for sure. And I really like the Perfect Arranger ! I googled it and there were a few You Tube videos showing how they work --this looks like a good solution for my flower arranging issues. I have numerous vintage flower frogs that I have collected over the years--I love them but they don't always do the job.

  9. thanks for stopping by and commenting..appreciate it..and I love all of this..the cats planters were soo cool.

  10. If you had found an old tall bird cage in the vintage market.
    Sedum Chicks makes me smile every time I see their creations. Rusty birds is a favorite. I saw those fern cutouts and thought they were beautiful. Stone Steel & Heart have great stuff. If not for the sticker shock...

  11. You made some great choices. I really like all the metal birds and butterflies.


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