Last month I got to spend an awesome day with my amazing artist friends Jane and Barb at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The show is about my favorite thing every February, breaking up the cold, grey drudgery of winter and thinking about spring and summer gardening.
The smells - oh, man! The smells! I walk into that Display Garden area and just breathe as deeply as possible. Smell that.
"...yeah, but the deer would just eat those like lollipops in our yard."
Favorite, because I am now of course picturing cute deer enjoying pink lollipops, and will never look at a pink tulip quite the same again. Sorry, all you gardeners who share their neighborhoods with ravenous, garden-munching deer. I'm stuck this way now.
And this guy looks like he might be a relative of my little friend.
Too-cute sheds and greenhouses are always a favorite feature in the display gardens for me.
I think this one is a Bob Bowling Rustic - you might remember me going on about his uber-cool buildings last year.
And here's a lovely and clever fountain idea that adds height and structure, looks cool, has a small footprint, and might not lure the neighborhood raccoons away from their current favorite haunt: my neighbor's backyard pond. I've always wanted a water feature and as much as I love me some raccoons, I love them much more in someone else's water!
And this, oh this.
This fence, this art-installment, this sculpture garden, this amazing field of orbs-on-a-stick. I am in love.
I was somehow too spacy this year to keep track of the designers of the Display Gardens (my apologies!) and I can't tell you who is responsible for these beautiful balls of wonderfulness. But I love them. I really, really love them.
It's not just the fabulous Display Gardens that make the show, though - the Marketplace is always full of inspiration: stuff I need, stuff I covet . . . like gorgeous and solid hand-forged garden tools with warm, smooth wooden handles that felt like they were made especially for my own hands, little rusty birds I want to fill my yard with,
and one-piece pitchforks made from esplaier-grown fruitwood. How cool is that?! I was actually tempted but was taking public transportation home and was afraid they might not let me on the bus. "Oh look, dear, the angry mob is here."
...like these wild sculptures
and how could I not get lost in this booth?
The biggest trend I noticed, throughout the Display Gardens and the Marketplace, was incorporating art made from junk - a personal favorite theme of mine.
My Granddad was just so way before his time...
Reuse, recycle, repurpose . . . down to every last rustilicous detail at Bob Bowling Rustics.
It was such a great day with friends, inspiration, hope for a new and warmer season coming soon (!) and I came home with a super fun bag full of irresistable (seriously, I could not walk away from these) goodies.
(Put a bird on it).
And, just like it does every year, it reminds me that spring is not that far away.