Sights from the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show

It’s a dreary day in Connecticut, a good day to revisit the sights my camera caught at the 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show.

With spring just around the corner … yes, it’s around the corner in spite of the cold and snowy weather that continues to hang on … it’s good to peruse different design ideas. You never know what might get your design juices flowing.

A living wall of herbs.

Not exactly a low maintenance feature, but cool, nonetheless.

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Winter to spring.

I’ve seen many flower and garden show displays yet I don’t recall ever seeing one showing a winter landscape. Imaging how useful a display would be if it showed the same landscape in all four seasons.

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Fun playhouses for kids and chickens.

The kid playhouse (left) looked like so much fun … I wanted to climb into it. Lucky chickens in the coop on the right!

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Liquid fire?

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A unique waterfall.

Look to the left of the pergola where water is sheeting from the roof.

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Oriental flare.

The dragon atop the arch is most interesting.

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Zen-like simplicity.

Note the use of corrugated metal as the background.

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Metal features.

These rods mimic the structure of a dormant woody shrub.

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The displays were intriguing, but the vendors were fewer than I expected.

 

Still, I found a perfect new addition for my garden.

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Meet Sandy, a crested crane standing about three feet tall on my front porch for now. He will find a more permanent home once winter lets go of my gardens.

Sandy is a creation of Francis Metal Works, craftsmen who create these wonderful statues from Minnesota fieldstone and powder coated iron.  Check out some of their other creations … ducks, herons, ibis, and pelicans. At the show they also had spiders and turtles. All were fantastic. It was difficult to restrain from adopting a few of Sandy’s show mates.

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Bulbs are peeking–March 2013 Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Compared with the early, early spring of 2012, the days leading up to spring of 2013 are unfolding in a more normal fashion in my Connecticut gardens. Last March for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day I had small masses of newly planted crocus (Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’)

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and my earliest narcissi, Tete-a-Tete’s, in bloom.

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For this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, kindly hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I have just a couple of small crocus blossoms to show and the Tete-a Tete’s are still buried under a mound of snow left from the February blizzard and the 17-inch snowfall we had last week.

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But other crocus are poking through winter-weary leaf cover, promising more color to come.

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It looks like the first day of spring will be a cold one in Connecticut. These bulbs poking out of the ground in south-facing gardens are a reminder that warm spring sunshine is not too far off.

Now, if you head over to May Dreams Gardens you will find out what is blooming in gardens elsewhere. Have fun!

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