Flower show continued

I always enjoy the individual exhibits of potted flowers, and the range and size of some entries is kinda crazy.  This year there was a newly designed “Hamilton Horticourt” display area, a 1 million dollar construction donated by a Mrs. Hamilton (who’s name appeared on many impressive plant entries).   There were orchids in colors I don’t normally put with orchids.

flower show orchids

Daffodils….. featuring the reliable Ice Follies in front (for you Sue)

flower show daffodils

And hyacinths and amaryllis!  I’ve never saw a pot this full. (the red is Pamela btw)

flower show amaryllis

There were many many more, but I have a bias towards bulbs so sorry if you wanted foliage and cactus and more orchids.

One last display was this pot of yellow clivias.  This plant always screams fancy to me, but only because I grew up reading a White Flower Farm catalog which listed it.  The cost was somewhere in the area of $900 if I remember correctly, and I always thought of it as a houseplant holy grail.  I’m past that (maybe?) but I still think of yellow clivia growers as having some kind of social one up on me.flower show yellow cliviaThe shopping area was our last stop.  Lots of houseplant goodies, some excellent hardy plant displays and upscale garden knick knacks and the usual jewelry and art.  I almost bought a hellebore from the Linden Hill display, but thought twice of lugging the pot around.  I guess that will be a field trip for a later date.

flower show vendors

So the trip was nice, we ate well at the Reading Terminal across the street, travel went smoothly, and the crowds weren’t too bad (for a Thursday).  That said it will be a few years before I want to return.  I like the springtime dose of gardening, but many of the show displays were silly fluff and there weren’t a ton of wow moments.  Am I being crabby?  Yes maybe, but it looks like the show is being geared up to a larger crowd and a broader interest range.  It’s working too since I believe they’re expecting somewhere over a quarter million visitors, but still I never like change… unless it was my idea.

So I better get back to gardening now that spring is in the air!

Philadelphia Flower Show Time

The signs of spring keep building.  A major one from last week was the return of turkey vultures to the skies above the valley.  I never really gave it much thought, but they are migratory and they do head back up north when things start to thaw out, so I guess they are a good sign of higher thermometer readings.  Them being vultures you can figure out on your own what it is that draws them back, but it’s not just flowers that appear when the snow recedes.
For a different dose of spring, a friend and I made a mid-week road trip down to the flower show.  This was the 185th show held by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and this year’s theme was “Brilliant” and had a British flair to it.

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There was a music video show every hour on the Big Ben screen.  It was funky and modern and not what I was expecting, but its been a couple years since I was last to this show.  I was also surprised by all the cash bars (there’s one in the front left of the above photo) and snack stands sprinkled throughout the show.  Maybe it was geared for the evening visitors, but I saw plenty of afternoon beverages being served.  Made me wish for summer garden tours with a favorite beverage in hand, but being on a hard-core tour schedule, we opted out.

Florist displays were popular, table settings galore.  I do like a green/white theme.

Philadelphia flower show

or a nice flower thicket looming over the dinner table.

flower show 020This one makes me think late night party with way too much wine.

flower show 018I think this one was a bronze manufacturer out of England (not a florist).  Their display was a “Wonderland” theme.  I liked it!

philadelphia flower showThat’s enough table settings, I prefer the little yardscapes much more.  Here are a couple I could see inspiring someone to do the same to their own place…. not me of course, I can barely keep up with the weeding and planting.

flower show 056This is also take home worthy, even though there’s a bit too much “stuff” laying around (crap maybe?)

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I wish I could take better pictures, mine just doesn’t do this display justice.  View for this display goes through the gate, down a flower lined grass path, and continues through a brick potting shed, and out to another garden.  Nice plan and plants!flower show 028

This one also appealed to me.  Probably not much to take home, although I do have a pair of disfunctional wheelbarrows, but I liked it.  There’s a nice wall-o-cabbage and other brassicas for a backdrop.

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There were other great displays, but I won’t bore you with photos that get a little too far into the out of focus.  Last one for the post is a mailbox entry from under the sea.  The kids were impressed when they saw this picture, lets hope they don’t expect a mailbox overhaul at our own house.

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Now it’s off to the ‘Horticourt” for individual plant entries!