The 186 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show 2nd Installment


As many of you know my last post was dedicated to the Philadelphia Flower Show. I promised myself I would leave with a plethora of photos and I did.  Today is the second installment of those photos.

Another upward look flowers at the show

I was fortunate to have my first peek of the show through the lens of a fellow blogger.  I’ve included the link to her post,

Dreaming of Spring

Additional photos were also featured on

Monday’s Fine Gardening Photo of the Day

A tropical oasis Prince of Persia exhibit

Enjoy your second installment  –  Enjoy a step into spring!

Ceramic fish could be purchased at the vendor

Floral Design

A tribute to Mulan

Floral Design - Interpretation of the movie Thor

Tribute to Disney Princesses, The Little Mermaid

Hidden patio



America’s Oldest Flower Show The 186 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

This year I had the opportunity to visit the

186th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Click on the above link to visit the shows website

Terrestrial Orchid

My journey there was to begin on Thursday March 5th, but a late winter snow storm thwarted all my plans.

The gardens at the height of the storm

The gardens at the height of the storm

As a young child snow would not have been an obstacle as trains ran daily between the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia.  This was not the case this year. Instead the following day my companion and I had to drive south to Doylestown and board the train at that location to travel into the city. What followed was a step into America’s oldest flower show celebrating the silver screen.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

 With songs from favorite movies and cinematic music scores playing in the background, people moved through acres of exhibits (click on the link to learn more about the exhibitors and their themes)  and vendors.

Irish cottage garden presented by the Irish Tourism board

Irish cottage garden presented by the Irish Tourism board

I took over a hundred pictures and pared them down to 78.  Today and tomorrows posts feature some of my favorite photo memories of the flower show.

Flower arrangement

Hope you enjoy this breath of spring as much as I did.

Homage to the movie Tarzan

Homage to the movie Tarzan

Tulips in an English park - Marry Poppins

Tulips in an English park – Marry Poppins

Looking up also was amazing

Looking up also was amazing

Flowers outside the Serendipity cabin - The Parent Trap

Flowers outside the Serendipity cabin – The Parent Trap

Jasmin's flying carpet - Disney's Princesses

Jasmin’s flying carpet – Disney’s Princesses

Homage to Finding Nemo - 1

Finding Nemo

Homage to Finding Nemo - 2

Homage to Finding Nemo – 2

5 Attachments


I Blinked – Another Year Gone

When you have fewer years in front of you than you do behind you

The gift of each day should be a priority

Honey Bee and Snow Drop - 2

But life gets in the way and some long for what they had

Queen's Anne Lace and old barn

And others what is to come

Skunk Cabbage

With 43 consecutive days of a snow-covered landscape

Potting Shed Garden under snow

and the inability to walk garden paths

Stream-side path by the Labyrinth

The anticipation of what is to come draws me back into what was and the moment is lost

Snowdrops side by side

Gardens are more than flowers

They are memories  – cherish yours

Winter Aconite March 31, 2014

Winter Aconite March 31, 2014

Winter Aconite March 10, 2013

Winter Aconite March 10, 2013

Winter Aconite February 20, 2012

Winter Aconite February 20, 2012

Eastern Garter Snake

Looking Into Their Eyes – A Place to Live and Grow Naturally

When we strive to provide an environment which welcomes wild creatures

Green Frog

Green Frog

We are creating not only habitats where humans and wildlife coexist

Northern Mocking Bird

Northern Mocking Bird

We are creating opportunities to look into their eyes and see

Green Frog

Green Frog

Nursery Web spider with her egg case

Nursery Web spider with her egg case

They are more than feathers

Juvenile flycatcher getting ready to fledge

Juvenile flycatchers


Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter Snake

Or fur

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

Eastern American Grey Squirrel

Working in a garden that is also designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Green Bottle Fly on Daisy mum

Green Bottle fly on Daisy mum

Allows an individual the time to commune with the natural world.

Tussock moth

Tussock moth

Ribbon snake

Ribbon snake

Beauty abounds

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 2

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Tiger Lily

And life is everywhere

Mining Bee

Mining Bee


 Joy is contagious!

Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly  on parsley

Silver-Spotted Skipper butterfly on Flat-leaf parsley



Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis on Coleus plant


Green frog 2014

Green Frog



White Caterpillar 2

Caterpillars-Contemplating Their Transformative Nature


I live in eastern Pennsylvania and like millions of others along the eastern coast of the United States we are in a deep freeze. The sun is shining through the skylight but the warmth is deceiving. Just tried to drive to a local winery, the back roads were drifted over thanks to wind gusts of up to 40 miles an hour. I need a warm weather connection! So enjoy with me one of the most transformative creatures – caterpillars!

All the beauties you see here have called the gardens their home before transforming and flying away…

Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill

Black Swallowtail caterpillar on dill plant

Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar

Evergreen Bagworm moth caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Variegated Fritillary Caterpillar

Silver-spotted Skipper Caterpillars on Harry Lauder Walking Stick

Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars on Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick

White marked Tussock moth caterpillar

White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar

Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars

Milkweed Tiger Moth Caterpillars

Saddleback Moth Caterpillar

Saddleback moth caterpillar next to acorn caps

Tussock Moth Caterpillar 2

Tussock moth caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Juvenile Saddleback caterpillars on native Spicebush

Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Wooly Bear caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

Pale Tussock moth caterpillar

Pale Tussock moth caterpillar

Butternut Wooly Moth Caterpillar

Butternut Wooly moth caterpillar