Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Northwest Flower and Garden Show; Putting It Together - The Floral Competition

The  amount of work that goes into creating the multifaceted Northwest Flower and Garden Show seems overwhelming to a simpleton like myself.  How do they do it all?  As Stephen Sondheim says, "Bit by bit."  Here, along with the lyrics to the Sondheim song, is a glimpse the floral competition being put together.

Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art
Every moment makes a contribution
Every little detail plays a part
Having just a vision's no solution
Everything depends on execution
Putting it together (That's what counts)

Ounce by ounce, putting it together
Small amounts, adding up to make a work of art
First of all you need a good foundation 
Otherwise it's risky from the start

Takes a lot of earnest conversation 
But without the proper preparation
Having just a vision's no solution
Everything depends on execution
The art of making art, is putting it together
Bit by bit

 Art isn't easy 
Every minor detail 
Is a major decision
Have to keep things in scale
Have to hold to your vision

Even though you're feeling apprehensive
That you're looking bland and inoffensive
And you wish your wardrobe was extensive
Don't forget that Spangles are expensive

The light, Love
A little to the right, Love
It isn't very bright, Love
And must it be so tight, Love
Thank you, he does that every night 

 Art isn't easy
Every word, every line
Every glance, every movement
You improve and refine
And refine each improvement

Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, working out the vision night and day
What it takes is time and perseverance
Dealing with details along the way
Dealing with producer's interference
Waiting for the author's disappearance

Filling up the holes with animation
Covering the flaws in the construdtion
wiping all the scenic ostentation
Knowing it's a "Macintosh" production
Working for a tiny compensation

The art of making art 
is putting it together
Bit by bit
Part by part
Fit by fit
Start by start, Stride by stride
Kick by kick, Glide by glide
Schtick by schtick, Side by side by side by side by side by side.
And that is the state of the art.

Hats off to the floral artists who inspire, entertain, and amuse us year after year!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Vignette

Wednesday Vignette is hosted each week by Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click here to join in the fun.

What does one do when a fire is burning out of control?

Throw some water on it from above of course!

And hope that plants regrow.  (Notice the letters las on the sign behind the leaves?  You bet your a** that I'll try to frame that a little differently when I go back to the show!

These were all seen at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show that opens today.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show - A Preview

Maybe the title should have been a taste of a taste of spring, the theme of this year's show.

It's an hour and a half before the floor of the convention center must be cleared for the judges to view the display gardens.  Tired designers and their teams, some of whom haven't slept for days, are putting finishing touches on their gardens.  The occasional forklift passes by, large carts of unused plants sit awaiting their fate, brooms and mops are busy everywhere sweeping leftover soil into tidy piles.

The excitement is palpable as preparations for this year's show reach their zenith.

I sneaked into the vendor area as well. 

In just a few hours this place will be buzzing with attendees of the Tuesday evening gala, and on Wednesday morning, at the opening of the show, crowds will fill the space.

The South Entrance to the show is always planted with locally sourced gems.

In this area, every plant is well marked so that even non gardeners (I've heard that there are such people.) can identify them.

The taste part of the theme "Taste of Spring" is seen frequently at this year's show with edible plants being in vogue.

More posts of the show will follow but today, here's a sampling of a few highlights in random order. Wanting to give you a taste of the show as soon as possible, I'll publish the post first and then go back to add descriptions if time allows. To really get the whole scoop, pick up a show guide on your way into the show!

 I recognized quite a few of the plants seen in the greenhouse of Windmill a few weeks ago in the Fancy Fronds garden.

A hand carved marble fountain ($9,500.00 if you want to take it home) is one of the details of an Italian garden

From an entirely different part of the world comes the inspiration for this garden. 

Yes, it's natural rock!  
 Elandan Gardens brought in the largest Contorted Filbert in the state of Washington for it's display.

The G-spot?  

Honey, I Shrunk the Farm features natural filtration of water, using fish waste as fertilizer, and highlights sustainable garden practices.

All set up for a game of teacup golf. 

This represents pasta (a taste of spring)

A stack of butter cubes
And here we have Swiss Cheese.

Do you see the bed springs? 

The bunkhouse features a first for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, a urinal planted with yellow violas.

Making it's world premier at the show is "The Drunken Lotus Fountain"
 Even we'll have lows below freezing for the next week or so, colder than normal for us this time of year, the show always makes me ready for spring.

After all of that loveliness, I'm ready for a nice cup of tea, how about you?

The show opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday.  You won't want to miss this highlight of the garden year in the Pacific Northwest. 

Many thanks to those talented and tireless souls who spend months of preparation and sweat to make this annual event such a joy for all of us.  Special thanks to O'Loughlin Trade Shows for saving our show from coming to an end.