Today is the first day in spring, and outside, you'd hardly know it. The temps dropped back down to the 30s and the sky dropped about 3 inches of snow outside. I know it will be gone by tomorrow when the temp is back into the upper 40s, but the cold is still a little depressing. Luckily, I made a quick visit to the Iowa Flower, Lawn, & Garden Show. I would have stayed longer, but my son gave me the stomach flu this week, so even though I'm not technically sick, I still wear out easy. I just thought this blast of spring color was gorgeous.
I thought this was a clever container. This is actually one foxtail fern plant. The lady working the stand said it was 2 years old. I couldn't afford the cool kitty planter, but couldn't resist the dr. suess-like fuzzy tails.
Living with a cop, I am always on the lookout for cool cop stuff. This was also put on my wishlist. You wouldn't believe how much a decorated rock costs. I do believe I'm going to get one with our name on it, to put in the front.
And you thought you had large lawn ornaments. I love my little yardbird spider, but I think he would run and hide from this thing. Check the guy standing behind it for size reference.
Of course, there are always lots of lanscaping displays. I think they are pretty, and they are nice to see after all the winter months, but most of them do look the same. I do covet the pretty brown mulch though.
Here are some of my purchases for the day. Adding to my herb collection: peppermint (I had chocolate mint, but wanted straight peppermint for 'herbaltinis'), a curry plant (smells great!), a stevia plant (an experiment, would like to get myself off artificial sweeteners), chervil (which I have never done, but sounds cool), and bronze fennel (which I don't eat but love to touch as I walk by).
I had to get some of the little rocks today. I turned the one with my son's name over, but he will be thrilled to see it out in the garden.
I just threw this pic on the end, because I was photographing the rhubarb out in the yard the other day. I have never seen it come up, it is such a weird alien plant. I have SOOO much of it back behind the garage.
So, I didn't spend as long as I might usually have spent in the show, but I still managed to spend plenty of money. So maybe it's a good thing I left early. More money for plants later, too.