Sunday, February 12, 2012

Garden Treasures, and a Movie Review

Of course you know I can't go to a garden show and not buy something!

We didn't buy any plants, but to avoid them I have to keep reminding myself that it's still winter and I don't want to go out and plant them yet.  We did buy two dahlia bulbs, and one hosta root.  The hosta can go in a pot for now.

We went to a seminar on art in the garden.  As you know I do like yard art, some of which does not meet the true criteria for "art".  The speaker suggested you collect all of your "art" and "accent" pieces, put them in the middle of the lawn, and start culling.

But I think I'll just keep adding instead.

 I bought this fused glass bug to add to the other two that are crawling up the outside of my house.  I love glass and color in the garden.  I  have purchased one each year for the last three years.
This is a kinetic piece- dare I call it a sculpture? -that is balanced on a single point and rocks and turns in the breeze.
These two pieces are by a northwest artist couple.  The designs are hers, from her Native American heritage.  I had to have the kingfisher, because it is my favorite Whidbey Island bird.
And of course here in the PNW we do worship the sun when it makes it's appearance.

None of these pieces has a permanent home yet, but they'll be worked into the garden somewhere, as the seminar speaker suggested, either as a focal point, or a little happened upon surprise. 

In our quest to see all of the nominated movies, last night we went to see Hugo, in 3-D.  We loved it!

Neither of us had read much about it and didn't really know what to expect.  Set in post WWI Paris, the action talks place in the main train station.  The stars are children, and both actors did a lovely job. The story line is intriguing, different, and well developed.  

Visually this movie is fantastic, amazing.  Think of living inside a clock, on a grand scale, for that's exactly where Hugo lives.  

While The Artist is a black and white silent movie about movie making, this film is full of color and dialogue and action while also being about movie making, but so much more.


  1. I love what you picked out..they are so unique...

  2. I like the kinetic piece best. If you don't give me that one, my second choice is the glass bug.

  3. I would just LOVE to see that amazing garden of yours in person someday. Thank you for the Hugo recommendation. I'll put it on my list.

  4. I played with that very kinetic piece you bought. It's just lovely, and I would definitely call it art. Glad to hear you enjoyed Hugo. I wouldn't say I loved it, but it was certainly a visual feast. And in 3-D it certainly came alive.

  5. Love the Native art pieces. I am sure you will find the perfect place for them. "Hugo" on my movie to see list!

  6. I truly wish you would come to my house in Hawaii and give me ideas as to what to do with my yard. I just don't know what to do with it. I want it to look beautiful like yours, Linda!

  7. This is a wonderful series on the Garden show, I lingered over each image. Wish I could have joined you but your photos are a good substitute.
    Perhaps I don't need a digital substitute, the San Francisco Flower show is in late March and appears to be organized by the same people. Maybe we can get over there.


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