25 Feb Orchids Coming Out My Ears
I moved here 10+ years ago from San Antonio, where “ya’ll” is the plural of you and sneezing in a store brings a chorus of “bless you’s” from fellow shoppers.
The Northwest is not like that. But what is universal is the friendly spirit of gardeners everywhere. As long as we are not both reaching for the last rare plant, we are delighted to help each other. At the Show, I heard vendors and show-goers alike responding to questions from budding (I could not pass it up) gardeners.
My initial purpose was checking out the orchid show. The Northwest Orchid Society and Mariposa Imports had a nice display in the garden area. This year there were fewer orchid vendors—just one from Hawaii, a couple from California, and a couple from Washington. The plant quality was great, even during the last day of the Show.
On the drive up from South Pierce County, I reminded myself to stick with phaleonopsis (the moth orchid), which I do well with. Periodically I yield to some of the more exotics, and then sadly watch them decline.
So all was well until I spotted the new “50 percent off” sale sign at the Hawaii booth. Like moths to a flame, we shoppers altered our path and fluttered around their tables. I did restrain myself to only four more exotic orchids; I hope they like my new lighted growing cart.
If you have not been to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, put it on your calendar for next year. The dates are February 4-8, 2009, and it is a fabulous breath of spring in our overcast skies. I appreciate next year’s earlier dates since this year we were already into better weather.
Thanks to all the people who put on this wonderful show!