04 February 2010

flower and garden show









I would like to start by saying that it is very difficult to take photos when there are HOARDS of people everywhere - walking right in front of you when you are CLEARLY attempting to take a photo, bumping into you from behind, and generally just making it difficult. Thus, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have allowed me to enter your events before the doors officially open as I had no idea what a difference it made when it comes to getting the shots that I want. So, a big MERCI to all of you!

So, with that out of the way, #4 and I went to the Seattle Flower and Garden show today and were inspired to do all sorts of fun things on the property this spring!


I absolutely want to build some of these this summer~




I would also like to plant more of these to enjoy next spring (as mine are already coming up all over the property - but I don't have any doubles anymore...)~







How clever is this little old truck? The cab was used for nesting boxes - the ramp came out the drivers door, and there was a little chicken run on the drivers side of the truck! The bed in the back was a complete vegetable garden and they even planted strawberries vertically on the outer sides of the bed! (this would be one example of where there was absolutely no way to get a photo of something incredibly cool due to the masses of other attendees...)








There were also a number of fabulous vendors. For example, the EVER FABULOUS JohnBob cool junk - who, sadly, do not have a blog. Yes, you heard me. Even though they have wonderful things - I bought another vintage basket and some vintage earrings - they don't have anywhere for me to link to, so that those of you who are far away and have yet to meet John and Bob could meet them. Sad, I know. Terribly sad... (this is my personal attempt to peer pressure them into starting one. I know, shameless really. Very *high school*. but a girl has to do what a girl has to do...) They even had this fabulous lounge chair - which they have assured me has a mate. How MARVELOUS would these babies be in front of miss mabel??? seriously. I also love the pink ones, but really, lounging is what I had in mind. A pink drink in hand, big sunglasses. I think you get the picture... I now just need to convince the man with the wallet - aka handsome husband... I sure do love that man. Sure do.








As for goats, well, we all know that I want some. I am thinking Nubian, but these Manchas were awfully cute. I just don't know if I can get past them having no ears...






It goes without saying that the Chocolate Flower Farm on Whidbey Island here in Washington is truly one of life's most marvelous destinations. Seriously. Gardening and chocolate? I bought the most magnificent chocolate for martinis at their little shop in Langley a few years ago and I need to be honest. I could live on chocolate martinis. You have not lived until you have had a chocolate martini. heaven. They also have candles, tea, and so many chocolate colored or chocolate smelling plants it is incredible.










I also met Laura who makes the MOST darling garden art - bugs, and flowers, and snails, and slugs, and worms. So. Incredibly. Colorful. #4 LOVED them~







All in all, it was a really fun day for the two of us. We met my Gram and my two aunties there as they were spending the day shopping and being inspired. Granted, without a 3 year old of their own, they were able to actually stay as long as they wanted, take their time in the gardens, and really look at the vendors. Aahhh... life with a little best friend at your side~ :)














36 comments:

studio.delucca said...

what. fabulous. photos.

thanks for sharing them!
xo

Low Tide High Style said...

Thanks so much for this little tour! They are predicting 12 to 24 inches of snow here tomorrow and I made my husband take me to the store to buy some flowers after dinner tonight only to find out that they don't have primroses in yet and those darn dyed and mixed bouquets were just too ugly to spend the money on. So I popped in here and was able to see beautiful and creative floral displays and other cool gardening stuff...it made my "flowerless" night!

Kat :)

The Little Red Shop said...

Hmmm....lovely! I hadn't planned on attending this year...but now....

Thank you for sharing your visit with us!

: )

Julie M.

Mikal said...

Oh those photos make me want to garden even more! I think I need to move... our garden show doesn't quite compare.

Mikal

Blondie's Journal said...

What an awesome garden show. I enjoyed all of your pictures!! Nice that you got to meet some people that had blogs (and some that didn't). Thanks for sharing everything!!

xoxo
Jane

Chemin des Muguets said...

That was one of the most delightful posts I have seen in a long time. Lovely flowers and green - the promise of Spring, on this rainy Carmel night.

Bouquets to you,

Marjorie

Debi Ward Kennedy said...

uh oh... I fear that JohnBob may begin to feel a bit ganged-up on. I chatted with them about getting a blog going for them! They must think we are in cahoots... {wasn't their booth divine, tho?!}

Your photos are lovely, as always, despite the hordes. My problem was the dim lighting!

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Beautiful images, Kim! You did a great job, even though you were being knocked around ;)

I want. need. must have that moss chair for a photo shoot. How cool is that thing? I wonder how long it would take to make...hmmm...

having crafting day here tomorrow with the ladies...wishing you were here, my friend. You are so much fun!
oxox
L

Georgianna said...

:) We must have bumped into each other today. I was at the show all day and stopped at all the places you did, taking lots of pics of the mossy chair, the goat, etc. Then we attended the Garden Writers reception so just got home. whew. But it was a wonderful show, wasn't it? Glad you had a great day! – g

Simone said...

Oh wow, how fantastic.....GORGEOUS photos.

xo

Little Emma said...

I love events like that one. Wonderful photos, it's just like being there too....Thanks, Zaira xxx

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear Mimi!-)***

What a lovely,fantastic tour gives you,thank you very much!-)

You photos are really nice,I gives me much more pretty feeling about my garden...

Have a lovely weekend,

With love,
***Violetta***

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Yes, yes.....lets get this winter over with and done! I want to get some roses planted this year and I need it warmer. Lots of inspiration today, have the best weekend.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Wow, awesome! Isn't the Pacific Northwest wonderful??

Irene b said...

it's like being there! thank you so much... I'm so in love with your blog!!!Wonderful photos.
kisses

Amada Lebel said...

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Amada Lebel said...

Hi Kim,
Sorry for the test thing. I am having MAJOR problems with my Typepad account. UGH! Can't leave sweet comments on nice peoples blogs using open ID like I have been for the last year. I also can't get any answers why. So I wanted to see if I could leave a comment using my blogger account and YUP! I could. I am thinking of moving to blogger and cancelling typepad but so many people have the typepad address. Oh well!
Love the photos by the way!
Hugs,
Amada

Philigry said...

beautiful, stunning shots! wow!
I especially love the little green house. our recycling barn is full of old windows! I think i will have my husband make some of these. Then i can grow even more herbs and not worry about the chickens getting into them!

Martha said...

Your photos are just beyond gorgeous!!!

Ange said...

Love that truck - and the garden box! Mmm - ideas for my country home!

Kato said...

Beautiful! I need a little garden therapy myself, but until then I will stare at these pictures!

Lovely.

Amanda said...

Wow I just love those first two images. Looks like a brilliant show!

Shannon Fricke said...

If only I could jump on my magic carpet and fly over from the land of Oz right now. Such beauty!

Herbgirl said...

What pretties. I'm so ready for gardening season here in Indiana...thank goodness patience is a virtue!
Herbal Blessings, Mandy

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

lucious photos, as always. everything looks better covered in moss! how lucky to be able to enter before the crowd. love the truck recycled into a garden and more...

Karen

Tallulah Antiques Closet said...

The photos from the garden show are bueatiful. fool of great ideas for my patio. thank you.

Ciara said...

What a fun event! Yes, the hoards sometimes make things difficult, but you seemed to have managed great!

LOVE THAT TRUCK!!

And yes, you simply must acquire one of those loungers!

koralee said...

Oh my what a lovely post..I adore that suitcase turned into a table...I so could do that!!!! hummm...now you got me thinking. Have a sweet week...xoxo

myletterstoemily said...

enchanting car, etc planters. and LOVED laura's
garden art.

this is such a fun blog.

thank you

red ticking said...

i was not able to make it to the show so i greatly appreciate your wonderful photos and recap... it almost feels as though spring is in the air with our sunny days here and there... we are so fortunate... x pam

Dreamy Whites said...

I just love your blog. Your photos are so beautiful. We have a nubian goat! Dolly is her name and she has been the best pet for my kids. She is well loved.
Look forward to your next post!
Take Care,
Maria

Alicia said...

Well next year perhaps I'll announce my presence just to make your glorious art easier. I use to go with a friend to events & start a phony coughing fit to clear her view. :) Serious Kim it works well.

annie said...

What a great show!
Thank you for sharing snippets of it!
That truck is fantastic and very creative --love it when people do that stuff--so much better than rusting out behind the barn.
Please get your goats with ears. No ears???EEEEWWWWWW.....
annie

manon 21 said...

Un endroit qui m'aurait certainement enchantée.

merci de ta visite.

amicalement,

Manon

Maija said...

Chocolate martinis- I just know I'm going to love you!! I'll be attending Tiffany's retreat in March, too!

~ MCJArt ~ said...

Mimi ~ Encore, tes phtos sont charmantes ~