Today was the Northwest Perennial Alliance's March Mania plant sale at Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Too bad it was rainy and cold, or I might have been tempted to take a look around the botanical garden. As it was, the sale was outside, but mostly under tents and awnings, so I managed to stay sort of dry. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera, and only remembered after I left the plant sale that I could take photos with my phone. I took photos of the flea market, and of Ravenna Gardens with my phone, but quite a few are blurry. I'll post the best ones, but bear with me, they're not great photos. But they'll get the point across.
I told Nigel before I left that I didn't think I'd buy much. Hah!
Famous last words.
Here are the treasures I bought at the plant sale. Most of these will be going in the gravel garden.
|Lobelia tupa (in the big square pot), Sedum rupestre aureum, Sedum 'Button', Sedum ewersii, Sedum tetractinum 'Coral Reef'|
|Helleborus x hybridus 'Regal Ruffles', Sedum makinoi 'Ogon', Allium 'Globemaster', Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation', Sempervivum arachnoideum, Euphorbia characias 'Redwing'|
Everything except the Hellebore and the Lobelia tupa are going into the gravel garden.
|Here's a closeup of the double flower on that Hellebore.|
After spending a pretty penny at the plant sale, I hopped into the car and went into Seattle to the 2nd Saturdayz flea market, at Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle, where I found a wonderful treasure trove of antiques and other items ripe for being repurposed.
|I thought three of these little gray card file drawers would make interesting plant containers. They were only $5 each, and had just the right amount of rust.|
|Isn't this concrete mushroom interesting? I loved it, but it didn't come home with me.|
|I really wanted this square washtub, but it was just a bit pricey for me.|
|See those longer metal card file drawers at the bottom left? Four of them came home with me. She had them priced for $14 each, but because I bought four, she let me have them for $10. I have interesting vertical gardening plans for them.|
|This wonderful booth had lots of lovely items too. Isn't this old gate cool?|
|And this blue corbel? If it had been concrete, it would almost certainly have come home with me to live in my garden.|
|I bought these cute decorative birdhouses on chippy painted spindles at that booth.|
Several years ago, back when I lived in Massachusetts, I bought new spindles similar to these, with plans to make something similar. Did I? No. If I remember correctly, those spindles found a new home with one of my friends back east.
|Only $15, and worth it to me not to have to make them myself.|
|My only other purchase at the flea market was these two brass sieves, destined to hold succulents. What do you think, should I polish them back to shiny brass, or leave them with this patina?|
As I was on my way to the flea market, I realized I was passing University Village, a mall near the hotel where all the Flingers stayed last summer. I haven't been back to Ravenna Gardens, the boutique nursery in the mall since then, so I figured I was due for a visit.
|Ravenna Gardens does wonderfully colorful displays.|
|I love the sentiment on that sign, but geez! They want almost $70 for it.|
|I wish my photos could do this unique shop justice. There are beautiful items wherever you turn.|
|I'm fascinated by these air plants. Silly me, I worry that they will die on me. I don't trust plants that don't need soil and water.|
|The shop has several racks of these non-hardy succulents. Candidates for those brass sieves, maybe?|
|They have lots of unique stuff outside the store too, like this cool shed. But it was cold and rainy outside.|
|At Ravenna Gardens I bought these two Burro's Tail Sedum. They're not hardy, so I'll have to take them in for the winter.|
|And I also got these three little rocks. Good things to strive for in life.|
Well, that was the end of my shopping spree. Home I went! I hope you had fun coming along with me.