Saturday, February 13, 2010

It's Spring in Germany!

We have finally returned from our trip to Europe to attend the 2010 IPM in Essen, Germany. Regardless of the fact that it was ridiculously cold in Germany for the past 3 weeks, I can tell you that at the IPM tradeshow, attended by Horticulture professionals from all over the world, SPRING has sprung!

I know you won't believe me since heavy snowfall and unseasonably cold temperatures have almost paralyzed transportation in Europe, so I took a whole BUNCH of photos to prove to you that cold weather never keeps us GROWERS from bringing spring flowers to the masses!

There is nowhere else on earth where a person can get a bigger FIX of fresh flowers and green plants than at this very show.
And boy, do these guys KNOW how to arrange flowers!

I mean, would you ever THINK of decorating your CHAIRS with a flower arrangement?!
Have you ever looked at a LEMON and thought "Hmmmm. This would look great for a table centerpiece" ?
How about creating picture frame nooks in your living room wall for a gallery of live CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS? Wouldn't THAT be a conversation starter?
I am completely convinced that if we could just make sure that every place that sold flowers would create displays like THIS......
or THIS........
or even THIS.........
then fresh flower sales would SKY ROCKET in Canada and the USA.


Imagine setting up you dining room to look like THIS.....
or setting one of THESE in your front hall entry way?
In North America we love a BIGGIE sized drink but it looks like in Europe they love a BIGGIE sized fresh flower arrangement.
It has got to be so much healthier to jumbo-size your floral arrangements than your soda pop, wouldn't you say?

Here's a gigantic wine glass with a mix of calla lilies and greens. Are you starting to drool yet?
CAUTION: The following photos may bring on a strong desire to run to your nearest florist and spend your grocery budget on some fresh flowers. Proceed with EXTREME CAUTION!


Imagine this in your very own LIVING ROOM.....
or THIS in your BOUDOIR.......
Have you had enough yet? Can you stand to see more or am I going to give you a floral induced aneurysm? Just a few more pictures? OK, you asked for it......

I LOVE Sheurich pots. They are just so colorful.

and I think I'm gonna try make an arrangement like this for my next Venetian themed birthday party. You're ALL INVITED!


Being at the show was just such a breath of fresh, spring air with a dash of citrus....
We tried to forget completely that we were in the throes of the worst winter storm Germany has seen in a long time.......
and just wandered around the endless garden and floral displays in blissful oblivion.
Well, admittedly we stopped a few times to sit down and have a coffee at different booths. I refuse to wear anything but high healed shoes because I want to look stylish and professional. I pay for it by the end of a full day walking on the show floor.
It's always great to stop and take a load off between drooling sessions.
But alas, all good things come to an end. We had to take the train back to our hotel and pack up once again.
Now, don't you go feeling sorry for us because we may have been leaving GERMANY but.....we were on our way to ITALY for a 10 day cruise of the Western Mediterranean with my sister Lisa and her husband Rick!!!
Genoa, Barcelona, Casablanca, Lisbon, etc. We visited them all. I only got food poisoning ONCE in Spain, overdosed on Gravol ONCE on the open ocean, and tripped at the Colosseum ONCE in Rome. Unfortunately I got TWO bruises on that last one. But I am back home and excited to share our journey with all my blogger peeps.......once I get over my jet lag. That may take a while!


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13 Responses to “It's Spring in Germany!”

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I'm definitely going out for fresh flowers in the morning, LOTS of flowers! xo, suzy

Linda said...

I wouldn't be able to control myself I would have to say I want them all.
Glad your home safe.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Felicia said...

Beautiful!

garden girl said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. All those arrangements are definitely drool-worthy, and wonderful to see in the dead of winter.

The German winter landscapes provide a nice counterpoint to all those gorgeous blooms - kind of like a good strong cup of coffee with a sweet dessert!

Lori E said...

Thanks for the hint of Spring. I believe it is coming now.
I was over at my friend's house yesterday, the one who came to your greenhouses with me.
She has the most beautiful, healthy poinsettias in her living room and when I commented on them she said she had gone back to your shop and bought several in very early December. The ones she gave as gifts are also still growing beautifully.
Now that is a quality product you have there.

Marina said...

It seems that you had a romantic pre-Valentine trip!!!
If you met Spring in Germany imagine what is going on in Greece...! Especially today, there is much love and happiness in the air, due to Valentine's day and the Carnival!
Happy Valentine's Day Tamara!

Rosa said...

Since I couldn't be there this was the next best thing. . .
Miss you!!

momofcrt said...

so I'm just a tad jealous of the travelling you are able to do. I married a man who doesn't care much for travelling so the furthest we go is BC or Winnipeg :-( I tease Henry though, my next husband will have lots of money AND like to travel..........truthfully I hope that never happens cuz I kinda love my homebody hubby <3

Becky K. said...

What an adventure you had!

Beautiful flowers....awesome settings.
The Orchids in the wall pockets...too amazing!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Wicked Gardener said...

Really beautiful! With all the pretty arrangements, I think the one with simple white tulips was my favorite!

Evelyn in Canada said...

I am so happy to see the amount of lime green (or apple green) and lemons in those arrangements. I'll always love those colours, even when they are sadly out of style. I'm glad I'm getting another stylish year out of bright citrus colours.

The Caffeinated Globe said...

Wow! Thanks for all the interesting photos from Germany.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for all those pictures, I'm drooling on my keyboard here!
Jurrina