As the event is held a few weeks prior to Mother's Day (observed in the US on the second Sunday in May), there were lots of items designed for presentation as gifts, including more fairy garden displays than you could count, African violets, terrariums, and orchids of all kinds, shapes and sizes. In fact, orchids occupied roughly half the space on the third floor of this mall.
I was more interested in the landscape plants and succulents.
|This vendor always has a nice selection - I was tempted by the Cordyline 'Cha Cha' but picked up something else|
|More from the same vendor|
|A nice selection of Japanese maples from Essence of the Tree|
|I didn't even bother to look at the price - I just walked on|
|The cut Iris were designed to tempt one into buying the bloom-less potted Iris|
|A few vendors carried Pelargoniums but I didn't see anything I had to have|
|There were LOTS of succulent vendors|
|This one offered potted collections, as well as individual plants, but I don't know if he was serious about selling the pots - this one was priced at $485|
|I meant to go back for this Crassula 'Red Pagoda' and forgot!|
There were lots of specialty items as well.
|This vendor offered exotic seeds like these Dipterocapus alatus - most of his stock was apparently held up by the US Department of Agriculture|
|Rooted Epiphyllum (orchid cactus) was available - having failed with an unrooted leaf, I was tempted but passed the chance up this year|
|Epiphytes were everywhere - some in trays like these and others in hanging arrangements I found impossible to photograph|
|There were lots of Plumeria cutiings to choose from - some people in my area grow these trees successfully but I've failed to do so twice|
|This vendor had tropical seedlings for sale - I bought a Leucospermum cutting here last year but it failed to thrive|
There were more vendors selling pottery this year than in years past.
|These pots were designed for succulents and cactus|
|I loved these pots, which ranged in price from $25-$125|
|I've always liked these turned wood pots but the prices ($350+) put them out of my range|
Needless to say, I didn't go away empty handed. Here's what I hauled home:
|Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream'|
|Miltassia Shelob 'Tolkein'|
|Close-up of the orchid's flowers|
|Euphorbia spiralis Crest, Gasteria x Aloe, and Crassula caput minima|
|One small pot|
I'd like to say that this latest expedition extinguished my spring shopping fever - but that would be a lie.