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.

Monday, June 27, 2016

In A Vase On Monday - Giving Up

In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.  Click here to visit her blog and see her Monday Vase and links to those of other participating bloggers.

On Sunday, I got to spend the entire day in my garden.  One might think that because a group is coming to tour in three weeks that I would use the time to make the space a bit more presentable but instead,  decided to take on new projects like removing a thicket of holy, cutting down trees, and pulling and digging up inherited Vinca major which carpeted a steep slope.  By the end of the day, my hands and most of the rest of my body hurt and I felt every year my age and then some!  As twilight arrived I gathered a few flowers to throw into a vase but was really not in the mood.  

Berberis 'Orange Rocket,' Alstroemeria, Eryngium 'Big Blue,' Phygelius 'Flop All Over Everything And Make the Gardener Crazy' and some bamboo found their way onto the table.

Oh and there was this bunch of fragrant Tagetes lemmonii.

The back table is crowded with plants waiting to go into the ground or pots and other stuff.  This frog decided to help by choosing three vases

And we both got distracted by this cool  Corymbia citriodora/Eucalyptus citriodora found at Jungle Fever a few weeks ago.  Not hardy here, it'll have to live in a pot but the fragrance of the leaves is more than worth making space for it in the greenhouse in the winter.  The leaves have a pleasant texture to them and the tag says that they can be used in the bath as a natural citrus scrub brush and in potpourri.

Here we have the first attempt joined by a potted tuberous begonia that was sitting on the table.

Frog doesn't think this will work t all.

Maybe consolidating it into one vase and changing the context would help. It's okay but try again.

This natural shelf in the contorted filbert could make anything look good - except this poor thing.

Maybe it's time to throw in the towel (or flowers in this case) and just give up. After all, last week's vase is still doing just fine. 

 However,  the Eryngium got cut instead of being staked up with the rest of them and couldn't be wasted so this much simplaer group o flowers got thrown together to bring inside and enjoy.  
 What did you put in a vase today?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Favorite Plants Monthly Round Up and the Winners of the Drawing

On the last Friday of each month, Loree at Danger Garden hosts the Favorite Plant Round Up to share plants that have been particularly eye catching in our gardens each month.  In June there are so many but I'll share a couple, one which you're probably tired about seeing here and the other that came to me on the last day of school.

The first is Tropaeolum speciosum which has lasted longer in my garden this year than ever before and I'm truly grateful.  The latest development is that the vine continues to grow and produce stunning flowers but as the old blooms fade, waxy purple calyxes add another color as green seed pods form and turn blue.  Tropaeolum speciosum is a riot of color at this time with orange, purple, and blue all playing together.

When my Trachycarpus trunks become large enough, I hope this plant will be happy growing up them!

My other favorite plant this month came from a student on the last day of school.  My kids' families are so thoughtful!

You may recall this post from June sixth when I announced a give away to celebrate my four year blogaversary (June 27)  For some reason, I said that the winners, randomly drawn from a hat from those who left a comment on that post,  would be announced today.

It was time to gather the troops together to help with the drawing.

Chocolate, the lovable couch potato, just wanted to cuddle so there had to be a time out for that.

Rigby, always up for an adventure, was happy to play but was not at all happy about posing inside the hat, so this'll have to do.

Sarah Sue, the hyperactive goof was bouncing all over the place as always.  While the dogs are always supportive, their lack of opposable thumbs means that they're not much help when it comes to this sort of thing.

The glass top hat came up from the basement to act as a receptacle but needed something more.

So I threw this glass thing I made on top.  A bit more festive. 

The names were scribbled on card stock and thrown in.

A disinterested Tom selected five names at random (the receptacle was shaken after each name was drawn.)  and the results were confirmed by the accounting firm of Tom Oswald, CPA.

The winners are Denise, Shirley, Plant Postings, Devil Garden, and Alan.  If you'll be so kind as to email me (plantobssession at gmail dot com)  your names and addresses, I'll get these boxed and in the mail to you.  Thanks everyone for playing and congratulations to the winners.
Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sorticulture Part Two: The Adventure Continues.

If you've been reading my posts about Sorticulture, you know that I had a blast at this event, my only regret being that I only had 5 hours to take it all in.  Instead of doing one post with a lot of pictures, I'm spreading them out a bit.

We've all seen wind chimes made with flatware but the clever combination of glass vessels and silverware by Glassafras Creations was a first for me.

Beth Wright Designs came up with these cool wire work baskets planted up with succulents and adorned with beads.

An interpretation of kokedama or maybe bird nests.  Love them!

Food for thought for the upcoming Aeonium Challenge.  

Handsome totemic pieces by Wish Poosh Design.  Time to fire up my kiln!

Please note, these are original designs and should not be copied.  However, the idea of doing a bit of kiln carving with northwest native themes is appealing to me.  Of course, so is finishing one of the many projects that I've started.

Kevin Crowder is the creative mind behind Rusty Stuff.  Aren't these fun?

A perennial favorite at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Douglas Walker Sculpture looks even better outside!  For those of you who haven't seen his work, many of Walker's works utilize falling water with instruments. They're still making music, just in a different way.   Do check out his website using the link above to see some fantastic images of his work.

Last stop for today is Oudean's Willow creek Nursery.  Sarracenia flava.  Get the pitcher?  

It seems that this will be Oudean's final off site show but their Snohomish location will still be open.

Darlingtonia californica is also called Cobra Lily for obvious reasons. 

Australian native Cephalotus follicularis is unusual,  adorable, and very slow growing.

So tiny and cute, it's easy to see how Seymour fell in love with Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Luckily this one won't grow into a human-eating beast...or will it?
You'll have to wait for the final Sorticulture post to see what came home with me. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Vignette Youth and Age

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by our pal Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Click over there to see her vignette  this week and find links to those of other participating bloggers.

Don't disturb the lady bug
Sleeping by the spider's web
And if you see a butterfly,
Don't try to catch it in your net

It's taken such a long, long time
To make this very special place,
Open up your soul and mind
To all it has to say

Be still, Take it in a while,
Feel the sunshine warm upon your face,
You'll feel when it makes you smile
Like you're welcomed to the human race

Everybody sees a part
Of what this life can really be,
No one sees like you can see
When you let your mind flow free

The wind is blowing through the trees,
A song that everyone can learn
And God is playing hide-and-seek
Every where you turn

Be still, Take it in a while,
Feel the sunshine warm upon your face,
You'll feel when it makes you smile
Like you're welcomed to the human race

Don't disturb the Lady Bug
Sleeping by the spider's web
And if you see a butterfly,
Don't try to catch it in your net


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sorticulture Part One

when posting about an event like this, I usually try to sort vendors out a bit more but Sorticulture had so many cool offerings that I'll just drag you along with me on my random path through the various booths.

Many of the beds around the park were bedded out with this hot colortcombination bedded out.  Not visible in this picture but present in many of the beds was  dark purple coleus as well.  The banners fit right in and along with the bright beds set the mood for the day.

Speaking of floral combinations, Ia's garden had lots of sweet bouquets. 

 The Tarantellas performed as they roved. 

Posing on a giant chair for a picture.

Concrete castings from Forest Green Enterprises who also do mail order.

Copper work by Cowdawg Creations  with cool verdigris, copper's answer to rust. 

Barbara Sanderson's fiddlesticks are faves of mine and I've collected a few over the years.

Barbara has decided, after fifteen years of building Glass Gardens Northwest, to sell her business and move on to other adventures.  Read more about the new owners and new possibilities at GGN here.
 I wish Barbara the best of luck as she pursues new passions and wish the new owners great success, looking forward to seeing what new and exciting pieces they'll add.

I loved Joe Clifton's ladies.

Bedrock Industries, another long-time favorite of mine.

Loving head planters, this one from Madrugada Pottery was a temptation.  Joe?  Joe Stalin?  Is that you?  OMG, you look faaaabulous for being 137 years old.  (Oh please, someone's had serious work done)
Carol's Dragonfly Rocks are nicely done.

So much fun!

Dehanna Jones/Totally Blown Glassworks utilizes some gorgeous color combinations.  Is the blow up kiddie pool used as a display for glass floats a hoot or what?

Albe Rustics brilliant banners and twig furniture make any event a festival!

You may remember seeing similar work at Dragonfly Gardens.  The reason is that Mark Priest, Tecweld Metal Art displayed and sold his work there.  Let's see, a cactus, and agave,
and a Lila.  Is Danger around here somewhere? 
I'll end this first Sorticulture post with this amazing mosaic pot.  Unfortunately, I don't remember the artist's name.  Please let me know if you do as I'd love to give her credit for this intricate and beautifully done piece.

Look at all of those tiny pieces and artful shading.  Oh the patience!

Notice that even the inside of the upper part of the pot is done. Don't think I'd put a plant in this, would you?
Stay tuned for more fun from Everett!  Happy Solstice!  The days start getting shorter again.