22 Feb Guest Post: Sneak Peak at Spring
It feels like it’s been winter for 300 hundred years, so going to the garden show was a much needed “sneak peak” at spring.
Looking at the display gardens are a bit like sipping vodka for me, a little overwhelming at first, then warming and a bit exhilarating afterward. My favorites were Le Jardin Landscape Design/B, Bissell General Contractors “Welcome to Your Weekend“, Fancy fronds/ALBE Adventuresome Twig Hunters Aw Pottery’s “Shall We Dance” and Wight’s Home and Garden’s “Inspiration is a Place“.
“Welcome to Your Weekend” featured an outdoor kitchen and dining space, and I noticed a “green twig like” plant that I found out was Cornus Stolonifera or Yellow Twig Dogwood. Very striking, and it would add some much needed color to a winter garden. “Shall We Dance” was inspired by “The King and I”, right down to the scent of the jasmine that spilled out of the containers. “Inspiration Is A Place” showed practical ways to use container gardens to enliven garden spaces.
I went to the Lily Pad (booth 2234) and bought some bulbs. It’s always a joy to talk to the people there, and I love their descriptions of the flowers and the tips that they offer to help your bulbs thrive. I ended up getting “Blackbird” dwarf Asiatic Lilies, which grows 14-16 inches tall, making it perfect for containers, “Arabian Red” Oriental Hybrid lilies, which promise fragrant, neon red August blooms, and “Beauty Berry Bush” (callicarpa b. “Profusion”), a plant with purple berries in the Autumn and part of the winter and bronze foliage in the spring.
The container gardens in the sky bridge were amazing! The display by Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center was so cute, and I hope to make something whimsical like that with a couple of my containers. Pots2Go’s “Modern Mediterranean” makes you want to sit in your garden space, sipping lemonade and enjoying your sunflowers! Emery’s Garden “Let’s Eat” display really makes sense to me, growing my own herbs and salad greens now really feels like an attainable goal.
I will miss coming to the Northwest Flower and Garden show to get my “breath of spring” early.
Marisa Bradford has lived in the Seattle area her entire life, but that in no way makes her feel pot-bound! Ravenna Gardens, Swanson’s and Molbak’s top her list of favorite places to shop and you will often find her there on Saturdays, with her Samoyed and Lab mix in tow. This is her third time attending the garden show.