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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

'City Living' at NWFGS-2018

 There were so many great ideas at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show  for small urban spaces - balconies, porches, patios, mini-gardens, terraces, etc.
The following are some pictures of 'City Living'  6' X 12' spaces, presented by landscape designers and retail nurseries.
They demonstrate how creative container plantings can be in a limited space. 
Vertical planters, tasteful plant combinations, using edibles, conifers, annuals, perennials and grasses, comfortable seating and textural accents, modern and vintage decor - all these features help to turn a small space to a place for relaxing or/and entertaining.

'Celebrating Urban Tranquility'
Designs By Nature (Best Plant Material Award)


 'Seattle Style!'
Camden Gardens, Inc. (Best Design Award)

 'Celebrating Rain Water Harvesting'
Rain Dog Designs, LLC


 'Garden of Tranquility and Delight'
Bonsai Akira


 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Natures Tapestry Landscapes


 'A Botanical Soiree '
MA Petite Gardens


 'Sunroom Picnic'


 'Set The Mood'


 '30th Anniversary Pearls'
GH Horticulture

Big Thanks to everyone who participated in creating these displays!

P.S. I think I missed one or two displays. Hope, you can see them on other blogs.

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS

Monday, March 5, 2018

Orchids at the NWFGS - 2018

 Northwest Orchid Society's display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show are always a treat! Last year, their garden got a silver medal, this year it is gold!

From the NWFGS brochure:

 "This is a visual journey to a vanilla farm in Central America. It’s a stunning display of over 200 flowering orchids, most notably Vanilla planifolia—the plant the spice is derived from.  At a greenhouse display, you’ll learn about growing the vanilla plants and how the seeds are cured. It’s also a terrific opportunity to learn about growing and caring for orchids from members of the Northwest Orchid Society.  This display features specimens provided by members of the Northwest Orchid Society and from prestigious collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Take-home ideas: Top orchid hobbyists on hand to share information on growing orchids indoors"

I love Venus Slipper Orchids. It was in the Russian Far East when I saw them for the very first time, growing in the forest.

I don't grow orchids, but I always enjoy their spectacular blooms! Thank you, 'Vanilla Farm' creators!

Previous years Northwest Orchid Society's display gardens can be seen here:
NWFGS -2016

*** Copyright 2018 TatyanaS,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

In My February Garden

There were some blooms in my garden in February - cyclamen, primrose, hellebore, anemone, viburnum, etc. - but more than blooms, I'll remember how snowy and windy this month was.  It can't be compared with any other state's snowfall, but for us to have snow 2-3 times within a month is not typical.

Galanthus Hippolyta (?)

 Edgeworthia papyrifera

 Helleborus niger

What plants did I cover to protect from freezing temperatures? I put mulch around Gunnera and covered it with its own leaves, then added several fir branches when the temperature plunged to 25.
There is not much space to keep my agave plants dry, so I usually set them on the covered porch. For the coldest time,  I covered the agave pots with towels and sheets, and when it got really cold, moved them into the garage.

Variegated Hebe (here it is in an October photo) was covered too. I lost one plant several years ago, but hope these ones will survive.

This hardy Begonia benitochiba looked wonderful in January, but February's cold turned it into mush. I hope it'll be back in the summer. In my garden, it proved to be more hardy than Begonia sp. DJHV 13070 which never came back after the last winter.

Senecio candicans Angel Wings
I left this plant outside just to check if it'd be OK, but two other plants in the pots were moved into the garage. They are too pretty to risk and lasted most of the winter...

Strong winds, one after other,  made a mess in the garden. Fortunately, the big trees withstood them, but you can see one thin fir tree is falling down behind the bench.

Tiny olives still hang on a small olive tree that grows in a pot.

Muscari or Grape Hyacinths are preparing to bloom. In Russia, they are also called Mouse Hyacinths because of their small size.

Native Western Sword Fern and Salal are always green.  Saxifrage is also very hardy.

I've already seen some damage from the bunnies. They tried Daylilies' green tips. I prefer these stone bunnies!

I rarely plant new garlic. It permanently grows in the raised vegetable bed and also between plants in flowerbeds.
 I still harvest parsley. Parsley is my favorite herb, so I let it bloom and seed, such that I always have its fresh supply from my little kitchen garden.


 New Viburnum, planted last fall

 Trillium kurabayashii 'Giant Red'

 Daphne odora 'Marginata'

 Tree Peony

 Viburnum Pink Dawn

 Schefflera delavayi - no problem in our winter

 Petasites japonicus 'Giganteus Variegatus'  

 Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii 'John Tomlinson' is a working horse in my garden

Aucuba japonica 'Variegata' - looked pitiful after the freeze, but just for a day
Some shots of the wind aftermath:

In the above picture, growing in the red pot is Shrub Panax (Pseudopanax laetus). It can look quite sad in freezing temperatures, but jumps back to normal right after the cold passes.

Some fallen branches were as long as 9-11 feet. 

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger', seen in front of the artichoke pedestal, looks frost-bitten, but is already back to normal.

This squirrel was sitting on the ice in the birdbath and eating snow.

New azalea will be moved outside when it finishes blooming.
Hopefully, March will be more sunny and less windy!

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS

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