Back to Work We Go!
I’ve started back up at work which means my posting might be getting even more sporadic than normal. But moving on to things that are more exciting than the knowledge that I’m back at work, let’s take a look at the Macy’s Flower Show at the Macy’s On State Street in downtown Chicago! This year’s theme is “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise” which basically means big, bold tropicals. Usually the Chicago show is a bunch of small displays around the first floor of the store however this year they had one large garden display on the 9th floor (much like the Macy’s in Minneapolis where the show is almost always done up in a single large garden instead of dozens of small ones). The result was a much, much better show than last year.
You walk into the display and are greeted with this GIANT toucan made out of flowers and foliage! For actually numbers and more info about the toucan you can see Mr. Brown Thumb’s review of the show. I actually wasn’t even going to bother going to the show this year until I read his review and saw that it was so different from last year.
The show had the feel of a real flower show (which is a lot more than I can say about the Chicago Flower Show at Navy Pier, which always feels thrown together in a hurry. You can tell this show took time to put together and a lot of thought went into it. I think the stand outs for me were all the plants grown in antique bird cages.
I love the Tillandsia dyeriana grown with the ivy . It really does make one think of a bird sticking its head out of a cage. That and I just love any use of T. dyeriana in general so I was really happy to see it used quite a few times during the show. I also thought the spider plant growing in the cage was pretty awesome. Actually I just loved the extreme use of bromeliads in general. They were EVERYWHERE and so so colorful! The rest of the garden flowed along lines similar to the above pictures so I’ll spare you all 500 pictures of tropical plants and leave you with this parting shot.
wait! One last shot after that one!