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Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Quick and Dirty Love Letter to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

After three long days of pounding the concrete floor at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, I've finally run out of flower-show induced adrenaline. So I thought I'd sit and do a quick once-over of the halfway decent pictures I managed to take of things I loved at the show, and share them. My poor feet are very happy that I am sitting down.

One of the things plant-a-holics go to the show for is to shop for plants. There seemed to be fewer plant vendors this year than in the past, and I hope that is a temporary thing and not a trend.

Christianson's Nursery booth

Ravenna Gardens booth

Dig Floral and Garden booth

Begonia 'Green Streak'

Begonia 'Escargot'

Aloe humilis 'Hedgehog'

I was really thrilled to see a booth selling a large selection of Talavera pottery at great prices.

Talavera skeleton lady

Here are a few nicely done details from the Display Gardens and the Small Space Showcase.

Begonia, Bromeliad, primrose, jasmine and probably a dark-leaved Cordyline in a pot in "The Romance of Steampunk" by Whitby Landcare & Design

Fritillaria meleagris and Hellebore in RHR Horticulture's Small Space Showcase "An Urban Botanical Retreat"

Foliage contrasts provided by Carex, Hosta and Bergenia in West Seattle Nursery's "Birds Do It... Bees Do It..."

Orchids in a naturalistic woodland setting in the Northwest Orchid Society's "Lettre d'Amorchid"

A river of red tulips in "A Garden Built With Love" by Adam Gorski Landscapes

Flowering Hamamelis in "Over The Moon" by the Washington chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers

I have three day's worth of pictures and memories to go over, so there will be more posts. Happy Valentine's Day to all you garden lovers!