Category Archives: Shows

Lavender Festival 2014

About a month ago we went to the Lavender Festival in Sequim, Washington. We started at the street fair (where I had lavender ice cream) and then visited three farms. Fun!

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Next year I will try to get pictures of the lavender hillside in our yard. The last two years it has been too weedy at lavender-blooming time.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival April 2014

We went to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley on Easter, which was April 20th this year. I had not been since I was a kid, and the whole thing is certainly a bigger deal now than I remember it being then. As far as blooming goes, I think April 20 was a good time to go. I think next year I would allow more time and I would go during the week, because it was SUPER CROWDED. Very fun, though, and it didn’t rain.

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Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2014

Here are some pictures from this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show, which was in the beginning of February. I don’t have a lot to say about it, really. The show was enjoyable, as usual. We attended a presentation in which Ciscoe Morris and several other people talked about problems they’d had in their gardens, but I didn’t especially learn anything. The show gardens seemed a little less fancy this year, but I’m not sure if that is just because I was fairly tired by the time we looked at them. Or, maybe the earliness of the show resulted in fewer hyacinths, etc. The theme had something to do with art, so maybe those that created show gardens focused more on the hardscaping and less on the plants (whereas I’m mostly interested in the plants). Anyhow, a fun time. It was crazy-cold the weekend of the show (I think below freezing), so we couldn’t put out the new plants right away.

I may post about our purchases later. Obviously I have not been posting as much as in 2013, so I don’t want to overwhelm myself by thinking about all the things I just must post.

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Lavender Festival Yesterday

We went to the Lavender Festival and the Lavender Farm Faire in Sequim, WA yesterday. I will post more about it later. It was quite enjoyable, but we ran out of time to see as many farms as we would have liked.

Garden Show Purchases Part 2

Here are some pictures of other plant purchases from the garden show. I am not including plants that don’t look like anything yet this time of the year.

New Heathers

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New Heathers

Pineleaf penstemon

Pineleaf penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius) ‘Nearly Red’

Fritillaria

Fritillaria meleagris

The heathers are:

  • Calluna vulgaris ‘Forest Fire’
  • Calluna vulgaris ‘Ruby Sprinkles’
  • Calluna vulgaris ‘Copper Splendor’
  • Calluna vulgaris ‘Winter Chocolate’
  • Erica carnea ‘Isabell’
  • Erica tetralix ‘Swedish Yellow’

I think that the fritillaria is Fritillaria meleagris, also known as: snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head, chess flower, frog-cup, guinea-hen flower, leper lily, Lazurus bell, checkered lily, checkered daffodil or simply, fritillary. I am dead scared of snakes, so I will go with checkered lily – although it seems like Fritillaria affinis is known as “checker lily.” I will double-check my source later.

At some point later I may give a whole post to the heathers – maybe separate pictures. Perhaps after they are in the ground.

 

Saturday Garden Show Reflections and Notes

We returned to the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show yesterday (Saturday). The primary reason was to see Ciscoe Morris talk. His lecture was on gardening in small spaces, and was hilarious as usual. He certainly has a way with a crowd. Even for those that do not care about gardening, I would definitely recommend seeing Ciscoe Morris live (not just the TV and radio shows). We had saved viewing the display gardens and also the purchasing of a few items until yesterday. Thursday we were too tired to get the pruning supplies or a wall planter/basket (also not sure how many we wanted), and also Thursday night I realized that I had not purchased any winter-blooming heathers and wanted to go back and buy a few more (which I did).

We bought fewer items on Saturday:

  • Erica carnea ‘Isabell’ heather – this one is blooming white blossoms right now
  • Erica tetralix ‘Swedish Yellow’ heather
  • Calluna vulgaris ‘Winter Chocolate’ heather
  • Australian Mint Bush (Prostanthera rotundifolia) – I saw big plants of this Thursday and was interested (the best one was “display only”), but the vendor’s display gave very little information… so yesterday, for $8, we bought a small plant. I will have to do some research about the plants – I suspect they get much too huge and that there is no spot for it.
  • Iochroma ‘Royal Queen’  (violet tubeflower)- I had read about iochromas and was very much interested but had never seen them for sale. I suspect that it won’t be hardy, so it will end up in a pot. They labeled it as “hummingbird candy.”
  • ‘Sugarlips’ dahlia tuber
  • ‘Sayonara’ dahlia tuber
  • Plantopia wall flower basket – made in England, not sold online, seemed rather nifty
  • Plantopia wall pot clip – if they had been cheaper and if I had known where to put it I would have bought more…
  • The Wildflower Seed and Tool Company brand telescopic cut and hold pruner in medium – the tool hangs onto the branch/stick that has been cut, instead of dropping it.
  • The Wildflower Seed and Tool Company brand multi-sharpener
  • The Wildflower Seed and Tool Company ratchet pruning shears – these cut really well

I look forward to trying out the telescopic cut and hold pruner. I think it will be great when pruning one of the hydrangeas, because it is a really huge plant and borders (slash hangs down over) the rockery.

I like the idea of having a vertical garden by growing plants along railings and etc, so the Plantopia wall pot clip and wall flower basket seemed neat. Supposedly one can rig both things up with zip ties so as to not put holes (screws) through the railing.

I feel like the display gardens did not interest me as much as last year. In 2012 the theme had to do with music, but this year it was: “The Silver Screen Takes Root…Gardens Go Hollywood.” The Hollywood theme created a tendency towards cheesiness for some of the display gardens. I still enjoyed looking at the plants, however. Some of them smelled great!

Both days that I attended the garden show I ended up exhausted… so much to take in!

Garden Show Photos Part 2

These pictures are of the display gardens at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. As it is very dark in that section, I knew that my pictures would end up blurry… but a flash just looks horrible. This gives my reader an idea of what the display gardens were like.

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