23.2.12

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 part II

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 pink and yellow tulips by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Pink and yellow tulips scream "spring is here"!


Toronto blooms (under glass)


As promised in an earlier post called "Beating the February blahs", here are some recent photos I took when I visited nearby Allan Gardens Conservatory.

You'll likely see similar plantings at Canada Blooms held next month but if you're suffering from HSAD (horticulture seasonal affective disorder) right now or don't plan to go to the national/home/garden/flower/renovation show (talk about a hybrid under one roof!), I hope these pics will alleviate your cabin fever (or possibly exacerbate it.)

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 white daffodils by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Can anyone i.d.the purple flowers in front of the daffodils?
One minor quibble about the greenhouses is that the temporary/seasonal plantings don't have any labels so your idenitification skills are put to the test. I'm just enjoying the mass of colours nevertheless!





Allan Gardens Conservatory 2012 Spring Flower Show leda statue and swan fountain with hellebores, amaryllis, oxalis by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Now, isn't this just to die for?

How dreamy is this? Daffodils in the background, maybe maidenhair fern spilling over, hellebores at Leda's feet, papyrus (?), floating tubs of red/wine amaryllis with purple oxalis (and, wow, those yellow flowers really contrast with the purple foliage.)

The goldfish in the pond have quite the digs!
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 pink cyclamen by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Cyclamens just speak of cool early spring

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 English ivy and red cyclamens by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Bed of cyclamen and English ivy that is clean and fresh to me


Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 variegated croton and purple iresine by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Not exactly spring pastels but perhaps suggesting a summer container?
A complementary colour scheme of yellow and purple creates great contrast and drama (along with red and green and the third duo of blue and orange.) This is my favourite color combination, no contest.

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 red bromeliad by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Quite the contrast in this bromeliad
I zoomed in on this red bromeliad but with such contrast of the red and green complementary colours, it wasn't hard to notice the mass of red and yellow bromeliads from far away against the glistening green foliage.
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 white daffodils and pink cyclamen by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Early spring colour that would be eye-catching in your garden beds!
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 pink hyacinths white cyclamen by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Pink hyancinths and white cyclamen and light green "cypressy"
Could this be your spring colour scheme for 2012?

By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"
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