Garden show time!

It’s snowing…again!  And, the 10-day forecast has been revised to include night-time temperatures in the low to mid-20’s, which means plants still can’t be moved into the little greenhouse.  Nor can mulch be pulled back, or planting begin.  Sigh!  What’s a gardener to do when she/he can’t garden?  Hop in the car and go to a garden show!  In my case, it was the Indianapolis Flower & Patio show.  While not a grand event, like the Philadelphia Flower Show (my favorite!) or the Chelsea Flower show (elegant, but crowded) or the Hampton Court Show (my second favorite) the Indy show is a worthwhile event, especially at this time of year when the snow blows and every fiber of your being just craves green and blooms.  McNamara cake compressed  Wouldn’t this birthday “cake” be perfect for a farmer or rancher?  Livestock tanks filled with flowers, and the top “60” rotated while the candles flickered.  The rest of the booth was brimming with colorful buckets.  I suddenly felt much, much better.McNamara compressed  While sadly most of the “landscapes” were more focused on patios and outdoor kitchens than plants, there were a few plantings  Patio compresswed  to enjoy.  This stone fountain was pretty.  Maybe that’s what I need in my Front Garden Re-Do?  Stone fountain compressed  The brilliant forsythia, yellow-trumpeted daffodils and perky blue crocuses were very cheering.  And since none of my hellebores are even budded, seeing these in flower made me hopeful.  Hellebores F&P compressed  I know, the bright orange kalanchoe in the foreground wouldn’t be blooming (or safe outdoors) while the hellebores flower, but with all the recent beastly storms, getting enough plants in bloom trucked in was no doubt a challenge.  I’m willing to give them a pass, aren’t you?  The same applies to this tulip, oxalis combination.  Tulips & oxalis compressed  Do purple-leaved shamrocks count for St. Patrick’s Day luck?  And this setting inspired me for Easter.  Easter table compressed  I’ll show you some close-ups of some of the ideas I’ll copy and more bits of the show when I figure out how to get them off my phone and into this blog, because unfortunately, my camera battery died and I hadn’t brought a back-up.  Technology…it’s a love/hate relationship….



About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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6 Responses to Garden show time!

  1. eta712whiteoakcottage says:

    It’s snowing here too! Not sure if it will melt or cover the ground. Sun is peeking out.
    Love your post!


    • carolee says:

      Thank you. Now it’s very blustery, sun is shining, and snow is melting. Wish night-time temps would improve so I can move plants out…or even spend time outside admiring the crocus. Hoping their stems don’t get folded over in this wind!


  2. Laurie Graves says:

    We’ve been getting beastly storms in Maine and are completely buried under snow. So cheering to see these bright and wonderful pictures.

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  3. Be still my beating heart!!! ❤️🦋

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  4. bcparkison says:

    The challenge to get everything to bloom on time must be something.

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  5. Margy says:

    Our local home and garden show is coming in April. I’m sad I will miss it because we will be out of town. – Margy


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