When I attend the Philadelphia Flower Show I always arrive just as it opens and head straight for the displays and competitions (hopefully before the place gets insanely crowded). Then it’s time to do some shopping! Here are the products that caught my eye this year. So what do y’all think of them?
Mounted on the wall these kinda look like backpacks but on the floor I saw that these carts that can haul all sorts of things.
Above, these outdoor-indoor rugs made from recycled plastic happen to have been recommended to me recently by a landscape designer – for my new screened-in porch. (Have I mention I’m having one built at my new house? Photos coming soon!)
Above, I had a nice chat with the folks from Nature’s Footprint about their UrBin Grower self-watering containers and Worm Factory vermiculture bins. The owner (right, whose name I neglected to get) doesn’t read blogs but knows Amy and was giving her book away during his talk at the show. (Love the new cover.)
This cute guy standing in a tub of water does very well selling the expensive but totally waterproof Irish boots he’s wearing. My traveling companion bought some last year and swears by them – for gardening or with designer jeans for more formal affairs. She says his cuteness wasn’t the deciding factor but it sure didn’t hurt.
The expandable rake on the right is a product I WANT. Beats bending over to pick them or using one of those horrible blowers.
These hanging vases hold water, so work with fresh flowers but me, I’m a sucker for dried arrangements. Maybe on that screened-in porch I’m hoping to have built any day now (permit pending).
Speaking of which, I planted my tuches in a fancy hammock-swing with attached umbrella and loved it, but the $1,195 pricetag makes it a nonstarter. Fortunately, more affordable hammocks abound; I just have to find room for one on that new porch I can’t shut up about.Posted by Susan Harris on March 20, 2012 at 4:29 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.