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- 01/22/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - Keeping Warm
- 01/23/18--06:00: One Gift That's Still Wrapped
- 01/24/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette
- 01/25/18--06:00: Branches Nursery, A Nearby Gem
- 01/26/18--06:00: The Tacoma Home and Garden Show Part !: The Italian Job
- 01/30/18--06:00: The Tacoma Home and Garden Show Part 2 Some Plants
- 01/31/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette
- 02/02/18--06:00: The Tacoma Home and Garden Show Part 3
- 02/05/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday - Winter White
- 02/06/18--06:00: That Time Just Before
- 02/07/18--06:00: The Northwest Flower and Garden Show Preview and Wednesday Vignette
- 02/09/18--06:00: Random Fun from the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival
- 02/13/18--06:00: The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival - More Fabulous Vendors
- 02/14/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette
- 02/15/18--05:18: February 18 Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
- 02/16/18--06:00: February 18 Foliage Follow-Up
- 02/19/18--06:00: In a Vase on Monday: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
- 02/20/18--06:00: A Four-Letter Word Beginning with "S" followed by the "F" word.
- 02/21/18--06:00: Wednesday Vignette - Time for a Garden Party!
- 02/22/18--06:00: A Spring Preview in the Conservatory
- 02/23/18--06:00: The Two Words Every School Kid Lives For: SNOW DAY!
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click on the link to see what she and other participating bloggers have gathered from their gardens or foraged nearby to plop in a vase and bring inside to brighten their week.
On Sunday, there were a few breaks in the rain although the wind continued to make the bamboo writhe and the windows rattle. As I see images of gardens covered in ice and snow in other parts of the world, I feel fortunate to live in a climate that permits there to be something in bloom in my garden in every month of the year. As garden time is limited, more hours are spent indoors sipping warm beverages in flickering candlelight and having a bit of the outdoors inside is even more welcome.
Today's vase is one of the crystalline-glazed ceramic collection. It's contents are three: Viburnum × bodnantense ‘Dawn,’ Jasminum nudiflorum, and our native Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum.)
Joining the vase are a capiz-shell tea light holder which glows beautifully when lit and a teapot ornament that forgot to get packed away with the other decorations.
You may also remember that Mcmenamins purchased the building and plans were made to restore and repurpose the building. Last year a bit of activity got locals excited and then everything came to a halt as the company concentrated on other projects.
Not to long ago, work began again on the building, which I see every day on my commute and just after Christmas, scaffolding was erected around the building and it's now wrapped like a huge gift for the city of Tacoma.
There's not a lot of space for both parking and gardens but I know that Mcmenamins will do something really special with the space.
All is not green in "The Evergreen State" but everything is certainly wet. On my commute to work, windshield wipers working to keep up with the rain, a voice on the radio said of the day to come, "Rain everywhere and always."
Fortunately last Saturday saw less rainfall. These pictures were taken by the side of a road which was only about a few inches above the water. By now parts of the road are probably flooded.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by pal Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click on over there to see more!
Branches Nursery is as as close or closer to my home as many of the nurseries that I frequently visit but for some reason I seldom find myself going in that direction. I must make a point of visiting more frequently!
Winter blooming plants make it seem as if spring has already arrived in our gardens and at Branches! It's a good idea to visit nurseries every month to assure that there's always something of interest in your garden. That is unless you live in an area where nurseries close for the winter and your garden is covered with snow for five months of the year.
Branches has a large indoor retail area loaded with an extensive array of gift items, house wares, candles, women's attire, food items, etc. All holiday decor was on sale for 75% off. It was easy to say no to any more holiday stuff as there is already too much in my hoard. (Okay, I may have bought a container that will appear next year in an In a Vase on Monday post.)
At this time of year, we're gearing up for another outdoor season and enjoying our evergreen and winter-blooming friends that beckon us out into the garden again.
The hummingbirds wasted no time finding nectar-bearing blooms and the feeder. Nothing like looking at beautiful plants with the sound of the little cuties buzzing around.
Why are these such solitary birds that spend way too much time fighting over territory. Don't they know how cute they'd look in a sweet little flock?
Separating the sheep
from the goats.
Spring is just around the corner! For many of us, spring starts with the Northwest Flower and Garden Show which is only two weeks away. On the other hand, I remember years when there was snow on the ground for the show so one should probably not count his chickens before they're hatched.
This Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane' caused me to check on my own which is also in bloom! Hooray!
The Tacoma Home and Garden Show opens today! It's always fun to go to see the Vintage market and the Olympic Landscape Garden. Looks like there'll only be one plant vendor there.
The Tacoma Home and Garden Show opened on Thursday and there was much to see. More posts will follow but today I'll focus on one space. As I entered the Tacoma Dome, I was eagerly anticipating what Olympic Landscape would dream up this year for their display garden. What a delightful surprise to see Italian statuary which immediately brought to mind my dear friend Florence Welborn's Garden.
It came as no surprise that the statuary came from Howard Welborn Antiques. (Howard is Florence's husband.)
One of Olympic's designers is and old acquaintance from years ago when he worked at Vassey Nursery. It was a little like walking through the garden of friends.
These display gardens are thrown together fairly quickly and I'm always in awe of all the work and the ability to conceive , design, and create a garden rather than having design evolve over years of trial and error.
This pot had me drooling a bit. Fortunately there was a tissue in my pocket and I was able to stem the flow before anyone noticed.
Hey there, old man winter, the minutes are ticking away until spring. You've only got 50 days left. The Northwest Flower and Garden
Show Festival is only a week away and daylight hours are increasing every day causing winter blooms to burst forth.
Something old, something new. The ornamental cabbage from fall is getting tall as it prepares to bolt as the hellebores begin to bloom.
Something blue: The vase looks a bit like an older Fenton piece. The frilly edged top is obscured by the contents. In reality, it's a really cheap vase I found at a discount store a few years ago. (Don't know where I was going with the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue but realized it fit today's offering.
The addictive meme, In a Vase on Monday is hosted by the fabulous Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click here to join the floral fiesta!
Years ago, the home part of this show occupied the main part of the dome and the garden part filled the entire exhibition hall. As interest or at least sales of plants declined, the garden/plant part of the show was moved into the main part of the dome with the home stuff. In this year's vendor list, there was only one nursery listed, Mak Lilies and Perennials from Stayton, Oregon. This vendor has been doing the Tacoma show for eleven years. B & D lilies retired from doing shows last year but they still have a great online catalog.
On closer inspection, these plants mostly came from T&L with a few from another grower. I asked the person (someone I didn't recognize) working the space and was told that the show had brought these plants in.
It's difficult for a nursery to bring a lot of plants in for a show, especially if they don't sell, because at the end of the event, they're stuck with a lot of merchandise with a limited shelf life to try and move.
The fellow working the show said that anything that didn't sell here would be going up to the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival next week.
Other vendors did try and include a bit of green like these planters by the cedar grove (compost/potting soil) display.
And finally, Marenakos Rock Center always puts together a nice display to show off their large boulders.
Impressive that they don't rely on forced flowers to make a statement but instead utilize plants with great winter interest.
I like going to this show. It can be done in a couple of hours and is not as crowded as the big show next week. To be fair, I went after work on the opening day of the show. It's much busier on the weekend. Stay tuned for a look at the vintage market, artist's row, and some garden ornaments/tools.
It's the last day of January, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival née Show starts next week, and the first camellia japonicas are blooming. Let's just decide that winter is over shall we?
Before long it'll once again be time to be outside more than inside, for summer vacations, the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer. This scene from the Vintage Market at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show breathes hope for the seasons to come.
A few years ago, I planted three Yucca 'Bright Star' and an Agave ovatifolia in a little heart-shaped raised bed that could never hold enough water to support the annuals I kept trying to grow in it. At that time all were in gallon pots and I really didn't expect the Agave to survive its first winter. One of the yuccas kicked the bucket, one remained relatively small and the third took off like nobody's business.
The Agave not only survived that first winter but three more as well and grew beyond my expectations. Now the plants have become a bit too close. It was, after all, an experiment to see if the agave would even live through our wet winters. If it did, it wouldn't get very big in our climate, right?
I'm going to have to move the yuccas once the weather warms up a bit. It shouldn't be a problem as they seem to transplant well.
The smaller yucca is almost entirely covered by the agave. The combination of these plants is delightful and I hope to simply move the yuccas a bit further out. Who knew that Agaves would grow so quickly? Oh well, live and learn.
Although plants were not the main focus of the Tacoma Home and Garden Show, there was still much to love about this event. Yes, there are a lot of home improvement-related displays but this year, the hot tubs seemed to occupy less floor space and I even considered buying a couple "My Pillows."
I seriously considered buying two of these floral baskets. I remember two like these that lived in the turn-of-the century church I attended as a lad back in the Victorian era. They were usually pressed into service for weddings and funerals. Fortunately, The Urban Gardener is not far from my house and maybe they didn't sell.
Speaking of local vintage treasures, thews two plaster ornaments came from the interior of the local Scottish Rite Masonic Temple whose demolition I showed in posts earlier this year. Second Use, the salvage company displaying these also had, on display pictures of the wood floors and beams being salvaged from the building. They reported that all the wood had been sold for reuse locally.
This lady may have come home with me. Thanks, Kristi, for the chocolate kisses you added to the bag.
I remember doing research using one of these. For anyone too young to identify it, this is a card catalog or rather the piece of furniture housing the actual 3x5 cards. Think of it as an old-fashioned google home page.
These macrame beads made me laugh out loud. Did you also do Macrame in the 70's? If not, how did you hang your plants?
New to the Pacific Northwest this year is The Rose Gardener. Owner Wendy Tilley has moved here from Atlanta and her husband, Ryan, will be following her as soon as he's finished installing the rose garden at the President Carter Library. She'll also have a space at the Northwest Flower and Garden Orgy (as my friend Alison has named it) next week. There were lots of useful items that are also available online.
These rusty spheres can be opened to allow each half to be planted and then rejoined to make green spheres. Every garden needs a few succulent balls, right?
It was a delight to see Marcus Harper GlassWorks at the Tacoma show. I'd first seen his work at Sorticulture. Marcus is a marvelously talented glass fuser who has my admiration for pushing fusing in fun new directions.
Katie Dean's colorful linoleum block prints are all so wonderful that it was hard to choose a favorite. Fortunately, one can buy them as cards and mat and frame a whole wall full.
Urbansoule's "Ultra modern livingwares" made me stop in my tracks. Check out more great stuff on their website!
As Tim Wistrom's site says, "People may not know his name but they know his paintings." If you've been in this area for a while, you'll probably recognize some of Mr. Wistrom's surrealistic, often northwest-themed work. For me, seeing his work at the show was like unexpectedly meeting an old friend. This one was new to me.
The garden clearly doesn't understand that wearing white is only acceptable between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Or maybe this is winter white. In any case, the garden is sending forth winter blooms in several shades of white. Perhaps because they're accompanied by a lot of green, it's okay. For those of you in colder climates, I'm sorry that your winter white is an entirely different thing.
The sun broke through the clouds for an hour or so this afternoon making the snowdrops open happily. Lonicera fragrantissima continues to send clouds of fragrance over the garden when the wind isn't howling through.
Hellebores in all shades are brightening the gloom. These got plunked into an old medicine bottle.
Was it the sun, the blooms, or the medication once in these antique bottles that made me feel happy and hopeful today? Who knows? The brain is a complicated organ.
It'll do your psyche good to click on over to Rambling in the Garden where the host of In a Vase on Monday, Cathy will have a vase to share and links to other participating bloggers. Do it, it's more fun than therapy, cheaper than medication, and easier than exercising!
It was late January, the sun was shining sideways through a break in the cloud cover casting a golden light against the gray. The garden was full of sprouting bulbs, camellia buds, snowdrops ready to pop open. It was a time just before the hellebores were fully open, before the floral parade of 2018 began in earnest. So much of the garden on the verge of springing back to life.
Pumpkins from fall are still hanging around. They either need to rot in place soon or they'll be moved into the yard waste bin.
The canna fire in the fire pit now looks like smoke but the glass flames continue to blaze away. I like it this way.
The anticipation of spring is palpable as is the excitement over the 2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. I'll be attending a preview of the gardens today and will try to post some images upon my return to whet your appetite for this year's show.
In the greenhouse the Schlumbergeras continue to pump out flowers. They're much later this year but who'd complain about any blooms in winter.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. Click here to see her vignette and those of other participating bloggers. This newly-published book about cacti and succulents had a catchy title that caused me to laugh out loud. This Ravenna Gardens display is my Wednesday Vignette.
The rest of today's post is a preview of the Display Gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival while the gardens were still being put together. I'd planned on putting this together earlier but had to pick up one of the furry kids at the vet where she had to spend the night. She's fine but gave us a little scare. There will be lots more to come from the show, this is just an appetizer.
This is the thirtieth year of the show so the theme was a celebratory one: "Cake and Cheers for Thirty Years."
Fancy Fronds/ALBE Rustics "Celebrate Form: Art Imitates Nature." Do these plant stands crafted from stainless steel bowls and sewer pipe look familiar? Similar planters can be found in Potted; Make Your Own Stylish garden Containers.The planters were inspired by the dish planters of my pal Loree Bohl. It's cool to see how different people interpret an idea. My own dish planter is made of concrete pipe and a Webber Grill lid.
The preview is a great time to see the gardeners working and while there are no crowds with which to contend, one does need to watch out for other kinds of traffic.
Richie Steffen and Ciscoe Morris having a good time talking about their impending Container Wars competition. They're pitted against each other.
A sweet surprise was seeing blogging pals Linda and Tom Reeder at the preview! Tom was just here somewhere...
As much as we all love the drama and fantasy of the large show gardens, many of us feel more in touch with the small "City Living" spaces. During the preview on Tuesday, these too weren't yet entirely completed nor were there signs identifying the designers so today, I'll share views of these smaller gems with few words. Other bloggers will undoubtedly post more information about them and perhaps after I spend the day at the show today, I'll go back and add labels. For more information about the show, be sure to check out their website!
I got to chat with the gentlemen working on this garden whose main idea was merging the garden and art. The trillium on the geodesic bench was made using three cardiocrinum leaves. Must try this myself!
A package on the mat. In my neighborhood, packages, furniture, and anything not bolted down are routinely stolen from front porches. It's all about fantasy at the show, right?
Will I see you at the show today?
The amazing woman who introduces the speakers at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival compared the show to a spring ephemeral that blooms gloriously for a few days and is then gone for another year. Fortunately, there are still three days of the show left. Today was very busy so I'll share some random cool stuff from the day before the show opened.
Some details from Millennium Landscape & Construction's Garden "Mother Nature as Muse - Mixing Magic & Materials."
I'd heard of Sycopsis sinensis but had never seen one in bloom in person before. It's available at Christianson's Nursery.
I hope your weekend plans include dropping by the convention center to enjoy the sights and smells and be inspired.
A single branch of Stachyurus praecox fills the tiny opening of the tall vase while Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' (rooted and still growing in water from an September Monday vase) hellebores and snowdrops fill the squat pot.
In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Click here to see her Monday Vase and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.
The NWFGF has a lot of great gardens big and small, some great plant vendors, and thrilling art for sale. There was so much to see and admire that it's impossible to share more than a small fraction. Here are a few things that caught my eye:
In the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association area was this piece by Larry Lawlor
Bedrock Industries had some delightful new designs as well as some old favorites. All of their wares are made from recycled glass.
Because of the texture, it feels like the white porcelain base was covered with a layer of porcelain slip mixed with cobalt and then the negative space carved away.
I forgot who made these but it's an imaginative use of shovels. Probably not so great for digging now though.
The delightful Katy Lareau is a Portland-based artist whose fused glass flowers and bugs have been a show favorite for many years.
Much of Andy Byrne's metal sculpture is difficult to capture with a camera as it really needs to be experienced to be appreciated, the minute details that make up the whole can best be appreciated in person in the context of the entire piece.
A summer floral pillbox hat supporting a Christmas tree decorated with spring colored macarons. A cake for all seasons!
Happy Valentine's Day All! My Vignette this Wednesday (Joining host Anna at Flutter and Hum) is a display of primroses from our local everything store and seemed appropriate for today.
Carol at May Dreams Gardens hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the fifteenth of each month. Click over to her blog to see what's blooming in gardens around the world today. Here's what's happening in my zone 8 Western Washington garden.
My Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' seems to be happy enough now and is starting to bloom. Isn't this a little late for those to be starting?
There are a lot of these in my garden because they seem to thrive on neglect and don't mind dry shade.
Daphne odora. There's nothing quite as sweet and welcome as this fragrance in the winter garden.
Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-up on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day to remind us of the important role of foliage in our gardens. Join me in wishing this spectacular person, longtime blogger, inventor of the Garden Bloggers' Fling, and author a very happy twelfth blogging anniversary!
This begonia, purchesed at a fall plant sale from Windcliff Plants never made it into the ground. The pot is in a sheltered area outside and the foliage never died back. Crazy!
While it weeps during the winter, this Cylindropuntia, a cutting found by the side of the road beneath a free sign, will perk up again as the weather warms.
Mecanopsis 'Lingholm' How grateful I am to live in a climate that is favored by the glorious blue poppy. They like it even better in Alaska!
Recently, my garden blogging pal Alison (Bonney Lassie) gave me this sweet vase she'd purchased at Disneyland. She'd noticed that I seemed a little grumpy about the cold snap predicted (and now beginning) and needed a little cheering up.
For those of you in cold winter climates, predictions of temperatures in the high teens may seem downright balmy but here it felt as if spring would arrive early and plants, usually much later to make an appearance have begun to show their faces because of our warm January. For those of you in the Pacific Northwest who are fretting about your plants, I offer these winter blooms from my garden in Alison's vase to pass the cheer along.
A visit to Vassey Nursery (in the snow!) yesterday found the folks there busy protecting plants and unpacking all sorts of new merchandise like this cool and inexpensive head pot. She's wearing a primrose dragged in from the cold.
The little red cyclamen begged to be added to the picture. Who could say no to such a sweet redhead?
As I write this, the wind is howling outside, the snow and hail on the ground are frozen and the temperature is below freezing (Accuweather says the real feel is 10 degrees) but inside there's a little pot of spring.
Perhaps this head pot's name should be Alison. Thanks pal for the thoughtful gift, it made my day!
here to see her vase this week and to find links to those of other participating bloggers.
That's right, snow. What were you thinking? After our warm January and a cloudy wet Candlemas we all thought that spring was arriving.
If Candlemas day be dry and fair, The half o' winter to come and mair. If Candlemas's day be wet and foul. The half o' winter gane at Yule. Seems that modern weather forecasters pay little attention to ancient Scottish wisdom. Sunday morning brought big beautiful snowflakes.
Not a lot of snow but instead of melting off as usual, the mercury plummeted and brought that "F" word, freezing. Again, where was your mind.
Truth be told, the other two "S" and "F" words may have been uttered by more than one gardener in the PNW.
Even the early-blooming "Tommies" (crocus tommasinianus) are closed against the cold and look a little frost-bitten around the edges.
Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' doesn't seem to mind but the Camellia japonica flowers are frozen and will drop. Fortunately, there are more buds to take their place. Magnolia buds have started to fatten up and I worry that they might succumb as the temperatures get even lower over the next couple of days.
I keep throwing boiling water on top of the frozen bird baths so that our feathered friends can have a drink. Interesting how fast it refreezes.
I was planning on bringing the dormant begonia tubers out of the basement and putting them into the stained glass room this weekend but why try to heat that space when it's so cold?
This garden party comes from the vintage market at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. While winter still holds us firmly in it's icy fingers, this kind of garden party will have to do. Only 25 more days until spring!
As I write this on Wednesday evening, snow is once again flying and there's a powdered-sugar dusting on the grass and trees. The white stuff started about twenty minutes before school was out and more is predicted for a while tonight as temperatures drop well below freezing. Sigh. Spring interrupted. Over the weekend, I walked over to the Seymour conservatory to get a breath of warmer air. Outside, popping up through the dessicated banana leaves were these charming Leucojum (vernum? aestivum?)
I know I've seen this one in catalogs but it's even nicer in person. Such a sweet and subtle yellow color.
There were some brown-edged leaves on some of the permanent large tropical plants including some tree ferns. Upon inquiry, I learned that the furnace went out on one of the coldest nights of the year and it wasn't discovered until the next morning, the tree ferns, "haven't been happy for quite a while," and someone over fertilized a few things. Sad news but it does make me feel better that even the pros have problems sometimes.
The gift shop is well stocked with Tillandsias at the moment, including this impressively large and blooming T. duratii.
It's nice to know that no matter how much snow falls or how low the mercury falls, one can always visit Spring at the conservatory or in my own greenhouse.
Teachers, on the other hand, much prefer the words "late start" which the automated phone message announced at five a.m. We'd much rather be at work when it's too miserable to garden outside than on a sunny day in July. (Missed days must be made up.) However, as time progressed and it seemed as if road conditions wouldn't improve, school was canceled altogether yesterday.
Many of us who live in this region like to put pumpkin spice everything, eggnog, hot spiced cider, mulled wine and snow away when we drag out the Valentine's Day decorations so this late February freeze isn't particularly welcome. Oh well, might as well take a little stroll through the snowy garden at dawn before spending a lazy day at home.
Frigid temperatures and ice-covered roads are an uncommon occurrence here so sand trucks and snow plows are equally scarce,
Until the recent polar blast, it looked as if this Tetrapanax might just bloom; not so much anymore.
The sun's rising. Time to go inside where it's warm and bask in the sun streaming through the windows.