15.12.12

Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012


'Tis the Season for Poinsettias and More!

Living in downtown Toronto has its pros and cons, gardening-wise, but I'm lucky to have a public conservatory within a 10 minute walk from home. I've visited the Allan Gardens Conservatory before with readers in a post called "In need of some colour, quick!" It's such a nice place, especially in winter, when you need to be surrounded by living green stuff. The staff change plantings throughout the year to keep things interesting and, currently, the 2012 Christmas Flower Show is on exhibit. Here are some highlights from my visit last week.

(Just a note of caution before we begin. If you're allergic to poinsettias like this person claims to be, you may want to skip this post!)

Thank you, dear reader, for visiting me for the first time or regularly throughout 2012. I've had a terrific year personally and professionally. I hope you did as well.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season (Christmas for me)!


blooming paperwhites and red twig dogwood at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
The smell of paperwhites is a love/hate thing.  "Cloying" seems an appropriate description for some!

Cyclamen and hellebores at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Hellebores and cyclamen elicit thoughts of spring
pink and white cyclamen at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
A nice drift of pink cyclamen
Prelude amaryllis hippeastrum Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Prelude" amaryllis (Hippeastrum)  
Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012 


Mocha amaryllis hippeastrum Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Mocha" amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012 

Temptation amaryllis hippeastrum Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Temptation" amaryllis (Hippeastrum)  
Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas Flower Show 2012

Floral victorian parlour at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012
A living Victorian fireplace, rug and chairs!  See the closeups below.

Victorian parlour sign at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
I was lazy so click and enlarge this photo for more info on how Victorians celebrated Christmas in their houses.
Closeup of floral Victorian rug at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
The living rug with kalanchoe and echeveria

Closeup of Victorian parlour fireplace at Allan Gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
More kalanchoe, echeveria and hypoestes,  the polka dot plant, forming the mantle and hearth

detail of floral rug at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
Closeup of part of the rug. Someone is patient and detail-oriented!
Christmas tree at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
Not your typical modern Christmas tree (I like the citrus slices.)
red white poinsettias purple oxalis and spider plants at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
Poinsettias, like most annuals, do so much better in drifts. The white poinsettias contrast so nicely with the dark purple oxalis. The silver Helichrysum ties it all together.
red and white poinsettias at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
The poinsettias are the visitors as the umbrella  and banana trees are the permanent members  in this part of the greenhouse

red white poinsettias and banana trees at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
The poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima, is native to Mexico and Central America, so it isn't out of place next to these tropical neighbours.

white and pink poinsettias with purple dracaena at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
My favourite colour combination in the conservatory! The dark purple of the Cordyline makes the off-white poinsettia even brighter and the variegated version ties the two together. Soft, muted and a little sinister.

layers of white red pink poinsettias at allan gardens christmas flower show 2012 by garden muses: a toronto gardening blog
The power of layers!


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