Comfy benches warm up a cold stone wall. A beehive gets circus-colorful. A wiry orange table makes friends perk up, and rusty steel grounds a garden scene.
These were many of the ideas I found when wandering through Portland’s Yard, Garden & Patio Show with my camera last weekend. I always like this show for its I-can-do-that vibe, and this year did not disappoint.
Here are some shots from my tour.
A stand of giant purple mustard among lettuce wowed visitors to the edible garden display. The greenhouse is from NW Green Panels.
Why not paint your beehive with a colorful scene and top it with stunning copper!
The edible garden creators used juniper for some raised beds. They promote it as being longer-lasting than other woods.
Coreten steel raised beds make a bold statement in the garden. The pricy steel rusts to a wonderful bronze color, then stops and is very long-lasting.
Friends and fellow speakers Marty Wingate and Mary Kate Mackey were clearly in a cheery mood while chatting at a colorful outdoor table set.
The Dennis’ 7 Dees display garden featured a series of planted pots sitting in a water feature.
The 7 Dees display also showed galvanized steel planters tightly packed with edibles and flowers.
Seeds saved in canning jars were part of the greenhouse exhibit in the edible garden display.
Why save seeds in jars, when you can just prop up the seed heads?
These benches, set into a standard wall of stacking concrete blocks, break up the monotony and must be much more comfortable.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Portland show another rousing success, including Lucy Hardiman and Nancy Goldman, who do great work presenting a wide variety of seminars.