Can we take a break from the chilly weather
(and the snow for some of you)
and talk tropical warm weather and plants?
And bursts of color in the garden?
I think we all know that I have a huge love affair with flowers
and wee little topiaries and blooms in general.
And outdoors I indulge in that love just as much as I do indoors.
I even dug up an entire large corner of the lawn to plant a perennial garden
filled with colorful pretty flowers in bloom
complete with a little bench in the center.
But something happened.
Did you know that perennials stop blooming after awhile?
But the fun thing is-
then you get to re-plant and re-imagine your garden.
to see the behind the scenes of how those plants you see in Lowe's get their start- I was excited to learn more.
And the entire process was fascinating.
From the tiny little seeds getting their start
to seeing them just starting to grow
to colorful and beautiful inspirations galore.
We toured the gardens and the greenhouses
and learned how much goes into each plant becoming the best.
And - it is a lot.
Some of the amazing plants we learned about:
Big and small.
Seriously such a cute little planter too.
Pops of color.
These are all hand painted.
To something fascinating about orchids in Florida.
Did you know that you can tie and orchid to a palm tree
and it just might grow right there?
Yes, it is true. And amazing.
Aside from the behind the scenes and the secrets
we saw gorgeous color baskets blooming away
talked about trends in gardens and containers
toured a 'she shed'
and I fell in love with the flowers and plants over and over again.
Monrovia hosted a cocktail reception in the garden
complete with comfy furniture
and pretty ambiance
and then we moved on over to another spot in the garden
for a dinner under the stars.
It was an amazing event and we learned so much about all that goes into breeding
and growing the perfect plant and creating a beautiful garden.
I want to thank Lowe's, Costa Farms and Monrovia
for a wonderful couple of days in Miami!
I have a super exciting and fun
project coming up that I can hardly wait to share with you.
Stay tuned for details.
Hope your Wednesday is off to a great start!