For those of you who don't know the name, Jamie is an Australian born, award-winning international horticulturist, landscape designer, and host of the HGTV show The Outdoor Room. Author of nine garden books, former host of the PBS series The Victory Garden, and as he spoke about himself at his Sumner appearance, a former member of the group Manpower Australia. (Note: the link to Manpower Australia shows images of scantily clad men. If you find that sort of thing distasteful, please do not follow the link.)
We arrived right at 1:00, the advertised start time and found a fairly long line waiting to get in.
Speaking mostly about plant combinations using Proven Winners plants (lots of petunais) and creating outdoor living spaces with a bit about his new books The Outdoor Room andm Jaie Durie's Edible Garden Design, his talk was lively and entertaining. This was the last stop on his U.S. book tour and his voice sounded a little tired. After an hour, he stopped and went inside to sign books.
These gals seemed very happy to see Jamie!
One of the best things about the event which cost $20.00 is that the program came with a $20.00 gift certificate to the nursery! Since Tom doesn't really care much about plants, I got his as well and we were off to shop! Here's some of what we saw.
Tender Clerodendrum thomsoniae 'Variegata' was wearing his foliar and floral finery.
'Peter's Wonder' is one of my favorite coleus color wise but it never grows as vigorously as many others for me.
This hot colored vignette screamed sunny summer days!
Galvanized metal gutters make great display racks for hanging basket stuffers. I can see these filled with succulents in Ms. Danger's garden.
I love the way nurseries display their plants in color groupings this time of year. On a recent visit at Valley Nursery, Debbie Teashon explained that at this point in the season, many customers are looking for interesting combinations to create or refresh container gardens. There are some great suggestions here!
This yellow and gray combination seems very peaceful.
This clever lady dressed to match this combination!
A modern looking black pot would be perfect with planted with these.. Of course, I'd think of orange or red because I love bright colors.
Sedum 'Thunder Cloud' has great texture.
These simple sempervivum combination bowls are fantastic.
Cistus 'Little Miss Sunshine' had neither a tag nor a price so it stayed at the nursery.
What did come home with us was a two gallon Kalanchoe thrysiflora and a beautiful Brugmansia 'Snowbank' which I love as much for the variegated foliage as the euphorically evening scented blooms. All in all a fun way to spend an afternoon!