It's that time of year when the seed and plant catalogs begin arriving and gardeners begin to dream of spring and new plants. Because we have so many fabulous nurseries in our region, I don't do a lot of ordering through the mail but still enjoy the annual blooming of the mailbox.
First up is a Preview Guide for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show which takes place in February each year. For many of us, this show is the start of a new gardening season. We go, see the display gardens, get ideas, buy fun stuff, and visit with friends. It's only a few weeks away and yet as the weather forecasters are calling for freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow again, it seems distant.
The Northwest Perennial Alliance's March Mania Sale follows close on the heels of the NWFGS. Such a treat to see so many great specialty growers and their plants! The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's "Hortlandia" Plant and Garden Art Sale takes place on April 15 & 16 and is a pretty spectacular event!
This flier fell out of the Northwest Perennial Alliance's "Perennial Post." After very much enjoying last summer's visit of the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society, I had pretty much decided to open my garden this year but in looking around right now at the naked trees, leaf-strewn paths and nursery pots placed in beds, now quite exposed, I wonder if there'll be enough time to pull it together enough to be worth visiting.