This past weekend the who’s who of the hort industry gathered in our fair town for the Oregon Nursery Association’s annual extravaganza – the FarWest show. Gina, William and I left our worries behind and went together for a day of fun and revelry. Brace yourselves, dear readers – this is a long post of sensory overload…
The sign looks somewhat diminutive against the backdrop of the Convention Center ceiling, but hey – we weren’t there to look at signage, so in we went…
The first thing we saw was one of my favorite parts of the whole show. Ryan and Mark of Little Prince adorned in the best Portland hipster beards you could possibly imagine – made from Spanish moss and Sempervivums. So very, very awesome!!!!
A close-up – aren’t they beautiful?
Everyone – including William – wanted to pose with them.
Are you ready for a whirlwind of images? I’d say it’s near impossible to see everything in a day, especially through the softening filter of of a few beers, but we did our best. 🙂 Here we go:
There is always an area full of novelty plants. When you enter, you get three tokens that you get to vote for your three faves with. I really wanted to vote for the shelf…
This yellow marvel caught my eye, but there was no information on it, oddly enough, and nowhere to vote for it. Mystified – I just stuck the token in the flower pot. Someone will get the message, I’m sure. But still, I really wanted to know what it was…
Much later, I found a tagged one elsewhere. Holy crap – I had no idea I actually had it in me to get so excited about a Privet, but I really love that golden texture, and the way it fades into chartreuse. That would be a great filler plant for something…
These buds looked interesting, and turned out to be a Clematis in shrub form.
Later I saw one in bloom, and decided right then and there that I like the vining kinds better. For a few seconds I mused over what drives the development of new plants. Is it to improve on the existing? Or, is it to make something different? I’ll save that meditation for another day – there was way too much to see that required my attention.
Gina with a new fave – a Cercis. Soon, she will be gardening on 5 acres with nearly unlimited possibilities. Sometimes, I just want to kick her… Just kidding… 🙂
The scrumptious wavy foliage of Prunus persicaria.
Stacks upon stacks of cool pots…
One can never have too many ferns, in my humble opinion… From the venerable Casa Flora:
Three in one – ferns mounted on a panel.
Stag horn fern
Here the entire pots fit right into the circular openings…
The curlicue charmed me…
Recycled rusted corrugated metal panels used for planter boxes.
These tubular planters look vaguely familiar, don’t they?
Except these have that nice, stabilizing, thick metal edge. Oh, to have access to a metal studio…. The fun I could have…
One booth offered a great scavenger idea – a light fixture made with up cycled water bottles.
Another fantastic material for creative types is bamboo… Sigh…
This is wonderful! The woman who made it told us she had bent the bamboo as it was still growing, to force it into shape for this creation. I’m in awe…
This bamboo mandala was stunning.
Here is a close-up. Pretty, no?
Inspired by the vaginal mandala – as so often happens in our merry band – the discussion turned to other sexual forms in nature, and the relative anonymity of a Twitter account. (Or, perhaps it was a Twatter account – I can’t remember…) Here are two more we came across on our day in the big world:
… and the Female.
Air plants were amply represented, especially here from Plantaflor USA:
I like to think that these were named after me!
Foliage and flowers galore – everywhere you looked!
Check out the foliage of this variegated Alstromeria – so beautiful!
Wish I could remember what this was…
Lovely succulent planters.
Some kind of Sedum…
Admittedly not a huge fan of pink Hydrangeas, but these were remarkable in that they were completely hard to the touch – like a dry sponge. I suggested they might be a good compostable alternative to packaging peanuts. No, I wasn’t trying to be rude – they were pretty amazing. And once they were properly dried out, they would be both voluminous and light weight – a shipper’s delight!
Unlikely bedfellows in real life situations, but the Heather and the variegated Acanthus are indeed a smashing display combo – here in T&L‘s booth.
William making a crack at something in the fabulous Skagit display.
The fabulous, ferny foliage of Eupatorium capillariensis – one of my most recent faves. This plant is something else… 🙂
Self-serve salad greens?
A kind of Sophora in the fabulous Youngblood display – a nursery with its own sense of style. 😉
Pretty much back where we started – Spanish moss which was used in those marvelous beards.
Whew – that was a lot! If you’re still with me – I hope I managed to convey at least some of the excitement. The three of us had a very, very fun day! 🙂