This weekend I enjoyed one of my annual spring rituals — a visit to the local Flower Show! There is an old family nursery near me, that for many years has put on spectacular spring flower show. They set up gorgeous garden displays and offer classes to teach and inspire the gardener of all levels. They even have a snack shop set up like a sidewalk cafe where you can enjoy coffee, pastry or other light snack, surrounded by the beauty of the displays. The flower show signals the end of our brutal northeastern winters and lifts my spirits and offers the promise of new beginnings.
I always feel a sense of peace and hope when I see those first blooms popping through the frigid soil. For those who know me, it is no surprised that I get much of my inspiration from nature and in particular from the garden. So let me take you on a tour and I hope you find some inspiration of your own!
I was greeted by bright pink rhododendrons surrounding a stone bench and a quaint “Welcome” sign. I know it’s corny, but it just sets the mood!
Turn the corner and you’ll find yourself in a fantasy land of mermaid gardens with draping ivy and a waterfall surrounded by all kinds of exotic flowers.
The fantasy continues with Rapunzel peering out from her tower surrounded by a garden of mixed annuals and evergreens, some shaped like beautiful butterflies and even a swinging monkey!
There was even a small cottage in the woods surrounded by a pond full of exotic fish and water lilies!
And I was struck by the statuary too! This beautiful peacock was crafted in metal with gems throughout the body. It stood almost 6 feet tall and 10 feet long.
It occurred to me these colors would look beautiful in combination for so many projects. Look at how closely Red Heart Scrubby yarns in Ocean, Bamboo and Avocado match the peacock!
In the bulb garden I found rows of blooming daffodils, hyacinth and tulips — the stuff that Easter arrangements are made of!
No spring garden would be complete without mounds of colorful pansies! These are the workhorse of the spring garden. They require little care, are full of bright and playful colors and bloom until summer!
Look at how lovely and rich these colors look together. I’m inspired to make a throw using these warm colors with maybe a little white and green as accents. Red Heart Super Saver comes in such a wide range of colors I just knew I would find the right shades for an upcoming project. How did I do?
And look at how beautifully these Red Heart Creme de la Creme pinks and purples mimic the range of colors in the Cinerarias – I’m thinking summer tote?
Everywhere I turned it was a feast for the eyes, lovely orchids in my favorite shades of purple, miniature roses, traditional red geraniums and a more exotic variety too and of course beautiful white daisies.
And the tour was complete with one of my favorite flowers – a spectacular carpet of happy hydrangeas lining the walkway as I reluctantly departed!
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking this garden stroll with me and that it has triggered some inspiration for you too!
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