Pretty Things at NWFGS



I’m the sort of person who enjoys movie previews that don’t give away the whole plot. Because, you know, if I’m gonna go see a movie I’d like to be just a little surprised. With that in mind, here are just a few pictures from my trip to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show yesterday. Because you’re probably gonna want to see for yourself.

I found the garden above on the sky bridge, and thought, yes…I want all of this. I like to see small gardens that utilize all of the space, horizontal, vertical and everything in between. From the strand of drying herbs (because clearly this is a working garden) to the writing space to the one of a kind pottery, this design really speaks to me as an urban gardener.


SedumsI couldn’t get enough of West Seattle Nursery’s bold mix of succulents and cacti, the textures are incredible. And of course, the ever-colorful lewisia. Now I can’t wait for my own to bloom.

KittyCaseThere was also a sweet cat garden created by dynamic duo Judith Jones and Vanca Lumsden. High sweeping structures surround the garden, perfect for cat play. I liked the smaller details as well, like this miniature Edwardian case.

RaisedBedAnd of course, because I am a vegetable gardener, always… I was ‘digging’ the  raised beds in the garden by Cascadia Edible Landscapes.

SkunkCabbageAnd then there was this amazing, fantastical and wondrous garden…….

What can I say? They had me at skunk cabbage. I grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and native plants are kind of my jam. I wanted to crawl inside and stay here for the rest of the show.

The Washington Park Arboretum garden featured deer ferns, licorice ferns, Indian plums just peaking into bloom, worlds of moss and a massive nurse log among other things. It evokes the Hoh Rainforest, which inspired their design, and leaves you with a craving for a trip to the native plant section at your local nursery.

Well, at least it did that for my friend and I. We’ve already planned a nursery outing for next week. And with that, this plant-a-holic is off to dig out a spot for an Indian plum, and some other natives. Happy Weekend Folks!

(Wanna check out the show? It runs for three more days. Get more info here)



Our Front Bed: Before

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We have big plans for our new yard this year. To start with, there’s a lot of ivy and we’d like to get as much of that out as we can. But we also have ideas for planting and the construction of different garden rooms that we are hoping to get started on very soon. I thought it would be fun to share a few before pictures of areas that we plan to ‘makeover’.

Let’s look at this space at the front of our property to start. It borders a busy street. As you can see, a guard rail has been put up at some point in the past and I imagine it is well needed. That said it’s not the most attractive frontage, so here are a few ideas we had in mind.

DSC_0241We want to pull as much ivy as we can get at down from the trees here. And then in this corner, I was thinking it would be nice to put a bench and plant a fern garden. I’m thinking of it as the fern ‘grotto’. Not a cave literally, but a snug little area that feels cave-like with a variety of ferns and maybe some flowering currant to create a sense of enclosure.

DSC_0248DSC_0246I was so excited to find this hummingbird-friendly mahonia growing out front. And I hope to incorporate a lot of natives into this bed. They’re so beautiful and I love that they attract wildlife. I’d like to include some evergreen huckleberry here as well.

We’ve got to pull a lot of these logs out in order to get at the ivy underneath, but I plan to work them into the final design for this area.

DSC_0228Here is a view of the bed from the back. I haven’t been able to identify the bright green leafy plants at the lower center of the picture. I may leave them until spring, to see if they have any blossoms that might give me a clue. As you can see, between lovely yellow power line stabilizers, the guard rail and picturesque mailboxes…this is a tough area. Nevertheless, I think it can be made into something that both we and the neighbors will enjoy looking at.

What do you think? Any suggestions for this area? Are you remaking any of your garden beds this year? I’d love to see what projects you’re working on!

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