Friday, February 19, 2010

The Great Cleveland Home and Garden Show part 3

Besides great landscape architecture and wonderful plants and flowers, the garden show had a bunch of neat stuff to look at. The rain barrels are a great idea. We installed two last year and they work great. They also started life with that natural looking bright floral tarp blue. I primed and painted them the color of the house.

If the homeowners association doesn't like green houses, how do you think they would feel about a small wind turbine in the front yard?

We were walking by the booth . I stopped, Pat kept walking. For crying out loud, don't you think everyone who reads your blog knows about this stuff. Well all I could think of was "well maybe." Just in case you don't know about this stuff, if you don't have a horse, it's all you need for your plants.
This was a nice addition to the garden show. The show sponsored a green architecture contest for high school students.

Somewhere around a zillion of Ty Pennington's fans, admirers, or maybe just relatives showed up for a seminar. Past shows had celebrity guests in closed off areas. The new show team had it figured out right, out in the open for everyone to see. Great idea.

Every garden or food show Pat and I have gone to seems to have a vendor with Elvis stuff. I don't know if these are different guys or just one guy trying to get rid of the same three things.
Christine B from last frontier garden found Elvis at a garden show she recently attended, so maybe there is an Elvis garden connection that I don't know about. I mean, I am still new at this gardening and blogging stuff.

Alright Jodi, from bloomingwriter, I found a shamwow booth. Or at least a wow and a sham booth that doesn't infringe too much on copyright.

Who can resist a golden aluminum christmas tree? I can't, Pat can. You know what happened.
There is something about animal rescue and gardening that seem to go together. Bob and Fred are both rescues.


Jean Campbell said...

Fun Stuff! Looking forward to seeing the next installment. Encourage Pat to loosen up, we might miss something.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Jim, I immediately focused on the blue rain barrels that you primed and painted! One of my recent acquisitions is blue. With what did you paint yours? I'd appreciate your input. Thanks! :-)

Jim Groble said...

Shady, I washed the barrels down with ammonia and water, then used an adhesive latex primer. I let it dry overnight and then used latex exterior paint. It has held up so far. pat wants to put pots with hanging vines on the tops. jim

Anonymous said...

I've been enjoying exploring your pictures of the gardening show Jim. We've go a couple coming up next month and now I'm on a mission to see if they will be selling 'super shamis' or Elvis stuff :D

BTW, we had a gold aluminum Christmas tree just like that one when I was growing up in the 70s!

Noelle Johnson said...

Hi Jim,

Sometimes the simplest solutions, we simply overlook. I bet there are many who still have blue rain barrels clashing with their house. After reading your post, I bet everyone is running to buy some paint to cover them up ;^)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Jim, Thank you for the tips on painting the blue rain barrels. I've written it down... and will place on the "to do list!" ;-)