I’m still processing what I saw, and didn’t see, at the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Thus I will start my coverage with a glimpse of the vendors. My thoughts on this part of the show are very straightforward, needing little contemplation.
There are three distinct areas where the vendor booths are located. The first is to the right of the display gardens as you enter the show. These vendors are the ones I think of as the nuts and bolts. Tools, services, a few with garden art, at least one book vendor, and Molbak’s is here. There also seemed to be a lot of letters and words, for the garden.
Don't want to love and laugh with your vintage tiki bar? The folks from Release The Flying Monkeys will help you to spell out what you do want to do.
On the opposite side of the show floor there's lots of garden art and a few nurseries and garden shops. Swansons seems to have a lock on the corner spot.
Seeing this I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought one of those metal containers at the Digs Inside & Out 50% off sale last fall, I've wanted one forever!
Alison had just mentioned buying a Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red' and I must admit I was instantly smitten with those little red curled leaves.
On to Dig, from Vashon Island. I'd been looking forward to this booth, having fallen in love with their style when I visited the nursery in 2013.
The pillow logs had me thinking back to the ceramic ones I saw in Marcia Donahue's garden. I wonder if anyone has started a log collection?
Normally I'm completely against carving in plants. Trees, bamboo, succulents - they all seem to be targets for people wanting to profess their love or tell the world they've "been there." This kind of made me smile though...
Sylvia and Ross are owners of Dig, and it was Valentines weekend...
The baby head phenomenon has been going strong for years now.
As has the popularity of succulents.
And tillandsia. When will their popularity start to wane? And what will replace them?
I do love the jack planter...
And damn but that 'Bright Star' Yucca looks good in the Pot, Inc hanging planter.
Probably much better drainage and air circulation too, maybe I need to try one, again, but this time put it in one of my hanging Pot, Inc planters...
On to the Ravenna Gardens booth, another favorite...
I almost grabbed one of the bright red tillandsia, but I managed to resist.
Is that 3-tier stand made from old metal lamp shades? I think it might be, clever....
That container again!
And those little vases, love them. In fact I carried one around for a bit before realizing I was going to their actual store in U-Village later that evening. I decided to wait and see what the selection was like there.
This was the only booth in the "vintage market" that I took a photo of, I liked it very much. The nice fellow manning the space gave me a business card, which I unfortunately seem to have lost.
This booth, for Christianson’s Nursery, was front and center as you entered the 3rd vendor area, the one that used to be primarily the plant market but is shrinking to the point it is laughable. Thank god for Christianson’s!
The space devoted to the vintage area (which to me belongs at an antiques show - not a garden show) the "garden wars" (I didn't venture over but there was a crowd gathered, it seemed to be a reality television sort of competition) and other "extras" seem to be increasing while the actual plant buying opportunities decrease. It's a bloody shame. Why can't the show organizers make it easy for plant vendors to come to the show? Isn't it really all about the plants?
Speaking of the plants...this one, Corokia cotoneaster, seemed to be having a moment in the spotlight. Both Swansons and Christianson’s had it available for sale and I spotted it in a couple of gardens. It was fun listening to the people who were just discovering it for the first time. Some loved it, many thought it ugly (I'm in the love category, and already have a couple in my garden).
Another plant I was happy to see getting a little exposure, Sophora prostrata 'Little Baby' (worst name ever) on the floor to the left of the shelves. Hooray these people brought more than just flowering bulbs and hellebores!
This bad boy caught my eye, even tucked up on the top of the shelf those big leaves called out to me.
Here's the deal. The Christianson’s tag says hardy to 20F...(not gonna be happy in my garden long term)...
Whereas the Monrovia tag says Zone 7, 0-10F. Is someone being a little optimistic? Dan Hinkley I'm looking at you...
Peter reports he's lost one. Others (like Heidi, owner of Dragonfly Farms Nursery) report similar results.
So of course I bought it anyway! Here are my purchases, enjoying a little light from the window of our hotel room.
This guy might be confined to a container, or maybe I'll be optimistic (like Dan) and put him in the ground.
Not your normal Muehlenbeckia, this is 'Big Leaf'...now that I'm wise to the ways of the wire vine it will definitely be going in a container. I'm thinking maybe one of my circle pots.
I bought a Leucothoe axillaris 'Curly Red'...
And one of those tiny vases I was admiring from Ravenna Gardens...
That's my haul, and our view...which really was quite nice, especially at night.
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