We interrupt this winter to bring you the Northwest Flower and Garden Show! Yes, it’s February – time again to head to the Convention Center where spring is alive and its fragrance fills the air! I did that yesterday and filled my senses with the brilliant reds and yellows in my favorite display gardens.
I loved the Pacific Fire Vine Maple with its beautiful red bark,
next to the yellow twig dogwood which pairs nicely with it.
I was also happy to rest my eyes on this calming white garden, one I might actually pull off myself.
Not that I try to replicate what I see at the Show; the gardens are always too lavish for mere mortals to imitate. But I do get inspired and always come home with a few tips or names of new plants to try. I also go to shop. There are hundreds of vendors selling their wares – plants and seeds and garden tools, art, jewelry, antiques, and books – I can’t say I wasn’t tempted by these.
My best purchase was a new hummingbird feeder which is already out and ready to feed those flying jewels.
So there you have it: another year of the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, one of the largest in the country and still going strong after almost 30 years. Another year of inspiration and a reminder that spring is near: it’s time to return to the garden. So I’ve started my to do list, mundane though it may be: thin out the herbs, transplant the roses, prepare the vegetable bed, and tend to my apple trees in hopes of getting more than the one I got last year. (Yes, you heard that right.)
Still, wasn’t it a beauty? There’s always hope when spring is here.
It’s been ages since we’ve attended the Tacoma garden show. I was always enchanted by the peonies. 🏵
We’ve gone almost every year to the big show in Seattle. I might try to take in Tacoma’s too, if it’s not too late!
This makes me want spring right away, beautiful colors!
Me too! thank you! 🙂
What a burst of colour, Susanne. Great to see, when we still have nothing but mud, bare trees, and leftover snow.
Best wishes, Pete.
Yes, I loved those brilliant colors to brighten the dead of winter! Although our weather hasn’t been too bad this year; mild temperatures, and intermittent rain. The rest of the country hasn’t fared as well! Hoping spring comes early to Beetley!
Thanks for the preview of coming attractions. That is if we ever get above freezing here>
You’re welcome! Enjoy this sneak peak! And hoping your thermometer goes up, up, up soon!! 🙂