It’s a busy week here at the Dandelion Wrangler. We’re getting ready for our first market, this Saturday in downtown Port Coquitlam after the parade. We’ll be there from 11-5pm, and I hope we’ll see you there too! In the mean time, have a peek at whats growing in my garden.
On May 11th from 11am – 5pm the Dandelion Wrangler sets up shop at the Port Coquitlam May Day Parade Market.
Over the course of the week I’m rolling out a sneak peak of some of the creative containers and fab flowers I’ve been busy potting up. Join us over at my Facebook page to keep up to date, and make sure to stop by and say hi on Market day. Let s talk plants and while you’re there pick out the perfect little treasure for yourself or for your Mom for this Mother’s Day!
Don’t forget to enter to win the Heritage Boot Planter on Market day!
The weather couldn’t have been finer this past Sunday as plant geeks and deal hunters turned the parking lot of VanDusen Botanical Gardens, the sidewalks and even all the way down Oak street into a bit of a block party. We staked out a spot at the front of the line and once again enjoyed a morning of plants, people and the most delicious home made orange zest cookies from a fellow early riser.
We were all there for the same reason…. the plants. So I’ll get on with it and bring on the gratuitous floral scenes.
Once the gates opened the madness began. Thousands of people flooded the sale. It took over half an hour for the line to fully be enveloped into the garden. By that point many of us that were near the front were already making our way back out to pay.
Happy May Day! This is a big month for us here at the Dandelion Wrangler. Not only is it Port Coquitlam’s Centenial May Day celebrations, but we’re also setting up shop at the May Day Parade Market on May 11th from 10 am-5pm just behind the parade route in down town Port Coquitlam.
This is our first Market and we’re equal parts excited and nervous! To kick off this big container blow out we’ll be hosting a Giveaway! At 4pm on Market day (May 11th, 2013) we’ll be giving away this gorgeous ceramic boot overflowing with Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ along with a punch of colour from Proven Winners Superbells® Apricot Punch Calibrachoa. You heard us right. We’re giving away this lovely boot for free!
You have 2 chances to win!
I have to detour my blog this week to do a little bragging. This is my daughter Elizabeth and she is flippin AMAZING! Not only is she a fun loving kid/soccer phenomenon, but she might just be a mini me. Yesterday we got word that Elizabeth had won her first photo contest for an image she took of the snow capped mountains along Port Coquitlam’s Traboulay trail. Yes, at 8 years old she’s already rocking my camera. Kicking ass and taking names. We’re so proud!
This past weekend Elizabeth joined me for my annual VanDusen Gardens Plant Sale camp out. There in the wee hours of the morning, with little complaint, and possibly a LOT of hot chocolate. She hung out with the plant geeks, blew bubbles and plotted our route once the gates opened. It was such fun having a partner for the insanity that is the largest plant sale in the Lower Mainland.
It was a fun morning with my girl. Our early arrival meant we were able to wander through the sale before opening to check out the goods. Elizabeth retained to memory all of the wonderful things she was interested in going back for. She has a good eye and knows her plants well.
When the gates did finally open, we were ready. Elizabeth made the mad dash to the Japanese Toad Lilies and I scooped up a prized contoured hazel. Our tag team plan was a huge success. She was an enthusiastic plant hunter. What can I say, like mother, like daughter.
I spent the morning planting nasturtium seeds with my youngest’s Preschool class. This was my first workshop, and I was nervous. All the goofy grins and eager questions from the kids helped. I got over my nerves, and jumped right in.
We started off talking about the life cycle of plants and how to grow food from these ity-bity seeds. I brought along tomato plants at various stages for the kids to poke and learn from. They were eager to share their own home garden experiences and I was impressed to see how many hands went up when I asked how many of them grow their own food at home. It brought a smile to my heart.
There was a lot of giggles to be had as we filled their peat pots and poked fingers in soil. We practiced the art of scarification. I clipped the seeds with nail clippers while their adorable little faces yelled “Boo!” before they tucked the seeds back into the soil. Then finally, eagerly, they watered. It was a great morning for the kids, but the real benefit was to me. I learned a lot from working with these kids. Hopefully the next time I have a talk to do with adults, it will go as well. Ha!
Fun was had by all.