Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show starts, it means spring is just around the corner. Other garden shows pop up, I finalize my seed orders and I begin to make random stops at garden centers, "just to look."
Mom and I visited the show last Friday, taking in the sights, sounds, and the wonderful spring smells. There are a few vendors that we look forward to every year and each of them was there.
I've been hot on succulents ever since I read Debra Baldwin's Succulent Container Gardens. I'd grown them before that, but her inspiring book motivated me to delve into them further. Young's Greenhouse always has a nice selection of succulents at this show and they didn't disappoint me this year either.
Somehow, I managed to resist these, but when I got to one of my other favorite vendors, Country View Greenhouse, my will power gave way. I purchased two Aloes, both of them in bloom. I purchased a 'Red Lady' Hellebore from them last year, and almost bought this yellow 'Ballerina Series' double they had this year.
Country View always has plants with great texture and color to their foliage, as shown here with the Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), Fatsia japonica, and Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa).
But even better than that was the wire dress form that they'd stuffed with moss and potting medium, then planted with succulents. Adding Fiber Optic grass (Isolepis cernua) for hair made for an eye-catching display.
Across from that display , The Northern Indiana Florists' Association was giving away baby Spider plants. I was glad to see quite a few young people requesting them. This was one of the first house plants I ever grew, when I was in college, so I picked one up for old times' sake.