Flowers Are Pretty 5: The Final Blooming?

Red Yellow Purple!

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

Twice per year my wife and I escort her grandmother to one of two special events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Each November we visit the Indiana Christmas Gift and Hobby Show. Each March the highlight of her month is the Indiana Flower & Patio Show, which features numerous displays of colorful flora, booths where gardeners and homeowners can peruse and pick out their new seeds, plants, implements, and accoutrements for tending and cultivating their yards in the forthcoming spring and summer. Assorted horticulturists and lawn care companies show off bouquets, sample gardens, and ostentatious flowers you’ll wish you owned.

This weekend was that time again! After our previous jaunts in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, once more we walked the springtime labyrinth at the Indiana State Fairgrounds with the intrepid Mamaw, showing her the sights and navigating the nature-loving crowds. Thankfully spraining my knee last Saturday didn’t interfere with my wheelchair chauffeur duties. Mamaw, on the other hand, expressed some concern about how many more times we’ll get to share this outing. She’s 91 years old, isn’t beautifying the plots outside her house as much as she used to, and is finding the sensory overload more exhausting than ever.

She was also disappointed that her brother — a mere eightysomething whippersnapper — has exited his role working security at the show after its ownership changed hands last year. Now that he’s no longer hooking her up with free passes, she’s disappointed that we have to (*gasp*) pay our own way into the show. We assured her this isn’t a problem for us. It’s not an upper-class political fundraiser. As long as she’s still interested in attending her annual Super Bowl, we’re happy to keep seeing her there.

Now is the time when we shut up, show off flowers, and appreciate these harbingers of spring and the promise of renewal. First things first: tulips on parade. Fully 80% of the live flowers we see at the show are tulips. They’re so prevalent, you’d think tulips were the state flower. That would actually be the peony, in drastically short supply. Go figure.

purple tulips!

red tulips!

white tulips!

purple tulip horde!

red+yellow tulip!

The centerpiece of the show was this extravagant display from McNamara Florist, the best assemblage we’ve ever seen at any of these shows.

McNamara Florist!

Looking for ideas for your big wedding? Or your kid’s? Or your second wedding? Or for a permanent exhibit in your backyard guaranteed to confuse the neighbors? The Indiana Flower and Patio Show has you covered.

wedding party!

wedding table!


This next quintet of pics is a special, narrow category called Flowers I Can Name. Botany is more Mamaw’s skill set than ours, but I tried to pay attention when she mentioned the occasional label.




A few more daffodils surrounded by their daisy-esque friends.


Hydrangeas are the second commonest flowers at the show, though I think I may have mislabeled them “chrysanthemums” in the past.

purple hyacinths!

Purple hyacinths hanging out with tulips and more.

tiny roses!

Roses, duh. But they’re a smaller breed that had a unique name I didn’t write down.

…and you will know the rest by the trail of color.

Three cheers for flowers! Boo winter. Booooooo.

tiny blues!

dark pinkish!

single orange!

Whatever this is, it was the only one of its kind.



3 responses

  1. Pingback: More Than Flowers at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show 2017 | Midlife Crisis Crossover!

  2. You pressed all of my buttons with this post, Randall. Bromeliad is the unidentified “whatever this is” plant, a staple in any tropical lover’s garden even if it doesn’t overwinter. My garden is ready to burst with color. Clean up is almost complete. Another couple of days and it will be show ready. Pics forthcoming.


    • I’ll have to remember “bromeliad”. Thanks for that! I have two fine-looking potted plants on my work desk of surprising size, but around our yard at home, we so far have yet to develop a single green thumb between the two of us. We have to settle for gardening vicariously through shows like this or assortments like yours. I recall you posting pics in the past, and look forward to the new set.


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