It's always tough to be a gardener in Michigan . . . come March.
It's the time of year when you're itchin' to get out there. In the dirt. Digging. You just can't wait to have dirt under your nails again. To drag hoses around. To pull some weeds.
But, alas. Spring is a tease. It's still freezing cold here. With snow in the forecast.
What's a gardener to do?
Get thee to a flower show!
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show never disappoints.
Even though it's inside a cavernous exhibition hall deep within Navy Pier, it smells like . . . SPRING . . . as soon as you step inside.
Flowers and trees and streams . . . everywhere you look. (And, sure. Don't you want to have waterfalls streaming from horns in YOUR garden? Yeah. Some of the ideas are WAY Over the Top. But it's a show. Anything goes!)
There is whimsy . . .
(I'm pretty sure this little sod-dog was the Most Photographed Display at the whole show.)
There is fun . . .
(This pelican water "fountain" was in a tiny little water feature in a bowl that could fit on any patio or deck.)
There are new plant offerings. . .
(This one is a Dwarf Japanese White Pine.)
There are OVER the TOP "tablescapes". . .
(Perfect if you never want to actually see or converse with your dinner companions!)
There is "plant-art". . .
(My photos cannot do justice to the moss gardens on display. They were truly beautiful.)
There are things to buy. . .
(Like these earrings . . . made of real boxwood leaves and dipped in copper . . . that made it home with me! That's the jewelry artist there, in the background.)
And there are things to learn. . .
(I went to a workshop on building patios with pavers. Lucky Tom.)
Mostly, though, there is Inspiration. . .
From the Very Practical . . .
To the Wouldn't This Be Cool?. . .
To color combinations and plant groupings that excite . . .
A day at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show ... was Just What I Needed!