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'Yellow Doodle Dandy' Itoh peony is a cross between a tree and herbaceous peony so doesn't die down in winter. The blooms are as big as a grapefruit.

'Yellow Doodle Dandy' Itoh peony is a cross between a tree and herbaceous peony so doesn't die down in winter. The blooms are as big as a grapefruit.

A garden inspired by the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie “Pillow Talk.”

A garden inspired by the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie “Pillow Talk.”

Another shot of the frittilaria.

Another shot of the frittilaria.

Little frittilaria were everywhere. I fell in love with it all over again.

Little frittilaria were everywhere. I fell in love with it all over again.

Nice use of plant texture.

Nice use of plant texture.

A bunny hides in a fairy tale garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle.

A bunny hides in a fairy tale garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle.

A miniature forest in one of the smaller garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show through Sunday at the Seattle Convention Center Center.

A miniature forest in one of the smaller garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show through Sunday at the Seattle Convention Center Center.

A gloxinia hanging in a moss ball at one of the booths. Yes, you can buy it!

A gloxinia hanging in a moss ball at one of the booths. Yes, you can buy it!

Texture is the boss of gardens at NWFG Show.

Texture is the boss of gardens at NWFG Show.

Barbed wire in the westerns garden.

Barbed wire in the westerns garden.

A garden inspired by westerns.

A garden inspired by westerns.

The romance of one garden that also had a section devoted to film noir and one to westerns. My favorite of the displays at Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

The romance of one garden that also had a section devoted to film noir and one to westerns. My favorite of the displays at Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Unusual plant palette illustrates the use of texture in the gardens.

Unusual plant palette illustrates the use of texture in the gardens.

White is used for definition and contrast in the display gardens.

White is used for definition and contrast in the display gardens.

Another view of Clematis ‘Avalanche’ at Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Another view of Clematis ‘Avalanche’ at Northwest Flower & Garden Show.