Saturday, February 26, 2011

Flower & Garden Show

When it's snowy outside and you're longing for spring, what do you do?


Why, of course you grab a friend and run to the Flower and Garden Show, of course!


Which is how I found myself inhaling the perfume of violets and daphne and hyacinth yesterday with Jane Shasky, the wonderful watercolor artist.
I have a favorite nursery, where I've bought hundreds of plants over the years... Christianson's Nursery. They always have the most lovely garden in the show and took home the gold medal again this year. It is easy to see why.

John Christianson always has a wealth of ideas anyone could appropriate...
plants, display and growing methods and hardscape plans we can tweak and bring home to our own gardens.


I want a cold frame like this! Perhaps we'll alter our shoddy old greenhouse...


Maybe find a bike and rust it a bit, train a wee curling vine up the spokes...


And oh, for a sweet gate like this one!
and stone pavers for a planter or step, tucked about with English daisies and mosses.


Or a water element, even a horse trough. Hmm.


The garden show is the best place to overhear snatches of conversation...
"... So I told him I am not going to have those garbage cans showing at the street this year. I am definitely planting my sweet peas right beside the garage!"
and, "I just couldn't pass by that hellebore and they actually had those pinkish trilliums!"


Jane and I went determined to conserve our nickels but we went home with a few choice flowers and packets of seeds, hoping ahead for the springtime that is surely just around the corner.
Never mind the snow!


8 comments:

Sharyn Sowell said...

From MaryLou:
oh i SO WISH i could be there. loved the pictures you posted on your blog and i would die to meet jane shasky (i LOVE her work)

Sharyn Sowell said...

Come to Surtex! She & I are neighbors there. Or click on the link and you will find her at janeshasky(dot)com Jane is as sweet as her work looks

Caroline Simas said...

Aw, tell Jane hello...great picture of you two! Stunning flowers and plants.....sooooooooo ready for spring and know you must be too!
xo
Caroline

Debbie said...

Hope of spring has been restored ;- ) I can see why you love Christianson's Nursery. What lovely things and designs they have. Just beautiful. I can close my eyes and smell the flowers. Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful day.

jane maday said...

What lovely photos! How I wish I could have joined you. Can't think of two sweeter ladies to spend a day with.

Sharyn Sowell said...

From Sharon Anderson:

I love the home/garden show! And it’s so true Christianson’s was winning awards for over 20 years now! I think the one year he didn’t win, he was in China, and they decided not to attend. I don’t know.

In my dreams, my garden is productively wild with herbs and lettuces, edible flowers and berries. My ugly shed is replaced with a deck that’s surrounded by hydrangeas and ferns. We have a work/storage/playhouse shed on our back concrete slab and all is right with the world.
Especially since there’s an arbor surrounding our back deck that has grapes trailing up the sides, and sun shade billowing overhead. . .

I can dream, right?

thanks for the great pictures and thoughts~

Terri Conrad said...

sweet sharyn, thank you from deep inside my heart for your gracious words on my blog today. You are so appreciated.

such delight I receive when I visit your blog. Every photo captures something beautiful.

Terri Conrad said...

sweet sharyn, thank you from deep inside my heart for your gracious words on my blog today. You are so appreciated.

such delight I receive when I visit your blog. Every photo captures something beautiful.

warmly,

terri