Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A final feast


Clean and simple. This scene in "A Garden's Story in 100 Words" at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show was just so appealing to me. One, I love orange. It's a vibrant color, but with its yellow undertones a bit less striking than red (both of which I also enjoy). The monochromatic theme also creates a restful atmosphere, allowing the eye to wander freely without any jarring stops. Yes, rest and relaxation. That's what we gardeners will soon need after all the spring cleaning we'll likely be doing in coming weeks.  

Orange highlights flow throughout this garden, as repetition is an important tool for pulling a space together (and one I need to utilize more). I particularly enjoyed this little arrangement because it mimicked a water feature, perhaps a small stream spilling out and pooling among the Carex. It also could be replicated by reusing broken or otherwise damaged pots, of which I have plenty.

This arrangement just shows that small things can have a big impact, especially if you have several dozen. The army of dwarf iris appeared to be marching along the rockery and down the slope. It's a reminder that I don't always need the big showy plants to make a statement.


Crocus was well represented at this year's show. It's a favorite among gardeners since it's one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring. However, some varieties do bloom in fall. They're pretty resistant to disease and insects, but oh how the squirrels love to nibble. Just this morning I found a few of mine had been decapitated. And then some of the petals were left in a nearby planter. Oh, the pain!

Yes, the Weeping Pussy Willow in "At the Water's Edge" has already made an appearance in an earlier post. But another look had me admiring the play of yellow and gold in this display. I'm already committed to this color palette in my own garden and am mentally mapping out where I can fit a similar arrangement.

Contorted Filbert made a cameo appearance in several gardens. This particular shrub was underplanted with spring bloomers like tulips and daffodils, as well as Euphorbia. The muted yellows and deep purples dress up the area around the Filbert without detracting from its twisting limbs. I'm guessing the crazy habit of Filbert requires fewer, less showy plant companions. This is exactly why I should have it in my garden, there's not much there right now!

14 comments:

Megan said...

I think monochromatic theme and repetition are the key to a pulled together looking garden. I'm also trying to introduce more in my space. It takes more restraint than I sometimes have. Love the pictures from the show.

Sheila said...

It will be a couple months before we have our local garden shows so it is nice to view yours! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I'm not very good with color schemes, but it's fun to look. I don't really have much planted under my contorted filbert, it's pretty showy on its own. Just a bench in front of it, which we almost never sit on. You should totally get one, it's soooo cute!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I'm glad you got so many great pictures. That show was full of ideas! Are you going to the plant sale this weekend at the arboretum? They are supposedly selling the plants from the flower and garden show.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

It has been such a treat to walk through the garden show with you for us who are too far to attend. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It has had some wonderful elements that make me wish I could have room in my garden for. My eyes are bigger than my.... applies to gardening for me :)

Tatyana said...

Melanthia, I am taking off my hat!
How did you manage to take all these pictures and notice all these details and particularities while having a toddler with you?! Good job!
By the way, several blotanists including me lost some of their followers recently. Cathy wrote a couple of posts about it several days ago, something connected to Blogger new project. I lost you! Can you come back, please? I liked to see your friendly face on my blog!

Aerie-el said...

Great photos! I spent so little time taking photos of the garden displays this year; I'm glad to see your excellent ones here!

Gardeness said...

Megan: I never can stick to it either. I prefer to think of my garden as "eclectic."

Sheeila: I look forward to seeing pics from you garden show!

Karen: You go with what you like, right? It all works out in the end. Yes, me thinks I'll be bringing a filbert home soon ...

Catherine: I need to check scheduling for this weekend. But I think I'll just HAVE to squeeze it in!

Hocking Hills: Glad you enjoyed it. These were fun to write up, as well. It helps when deciding what to do with the coming garden season, too.

Tatyana: I had help the second day so that made a huge difference in getting more pics. As far as the details, heck I'm still noticing things that went way over my head when I first saw the displays.

On follows: ugh, so frustrating because your list says you're still following but your pic doesn't show up. Then I worry that you left because I'm no longer interesting! Anyway, I've posted a quick note saying I'm still following AND I'm going back and re-following blogs so people see that I'm still there.

Aerie-el: Thanks for the props. I wish I would have had more time in the vendors section. It looks like there was some good stuff over there, too!

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Oh, I love that Weeping Pussy Willow! I've been wanting one for so long! They are a really great childhood memory for me.

Grace Peterson said...

Thank you for allowing us an insider's look at the plant show. I love the mossy rock with the iris. Actually I loved all the photos and themes.

Kris said...

Oh, it was wonderful to see all those flowers and garden displays! It's so cold and wintery here that I could just about huddle up to your pics and share the warmth and promise of Spring! Thanks for finding my blog! :-)

Plant Care & Gardening Tips said...

Beautiful Pictures. I really Love it. Thank you for sharing the wonderful flowers.

A Girl & Her Garden said...

So pretty!! I wish I could go!!

Marie-Monique said...

Superbes photos !!!à bientôt