19 Feb Colors and Plants and People-Oh my!
Whew! We just finished exploring the show and our minds are still whirling with all the colors! After the long winter of our newly landscaped but very young garden with almost no winter flowers, coming into the explosion of colors was almost overwhelming! Incredible reds and purples of the cyclamen, new “orange marmalade” hostas, toad lilies and begonias of incredible color combinations…and don’t get me started on all the dahlias! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…let’s step back to the first image that just blew us away.
Shapiro Ryan Design started things off right by wow-ing us with an amazing architectural wood and screen outdoor element with a huge circular opening. One of our friends has told us repeatedly that a garden has to have mystery, well, this piece made us pine for it in our front yard. Amazing.
Anner and I got married last year and we decided to have the ceremony in the back yard. Well, of course, that meant it needed to be newly landscaped since it was pretty much just flat grass at that point. So last year we went to the show looking for elements that might inspire us-including the wonderful flag from Oregon Flag which we’ve loved. This year we wanted to focus on plants to fill in all of the holes in the landscaping and we really wanted to try to find some of the exotic things we couldn’t find at our local nursery
(a quick cheer for the wonderful folks at Sky Nursery!). We definitely didn’t come away empty handed.
Sure, we couldn’t resist this year’s crop of dahlia tubers – the folks at Dan’s Dahlias and, in particular, The Dahlia Barn, are always wonderful – but it was the new (to us at least) plants that really got our juices flowing. We’ve learned, sadly, that our yard is pretty much a shade garden, but Keeping It Green Nursery had some incredible shade lovers that we can’t wait to try out! We got two Jack-In-The-Pulpits which we’d heard about, but never actually seen, and a new form of Hardy Impatiens from
Finally, we all know that begonias do pretty well in shady areas, and this year we stumbled upon Antonelli Brothers Begonias from
Now it’s time to hope that this weekend isn’t as rainy as they’re predicting, because universally we were told to “plant immediately!” Guess we’d better get started. Enjoy the show and let’s all hope this isn’t really the last year!
Hi! We’re Aaron Barr and Anner Charrier and this is our third show…first as a married couple. We live in a small bungalow in