27.2.13

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013, part 3


Toronto spring blooms to get you through until April 


What miserable weather we're having in Toronto right now! As a tonic, I'm posting pictures I took yesterday at the Allan Gardens Conservatory for you to enjoy. We'll see them outside likely in April or earlier if you visit Canada Blooms (our national flower show) next month.

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 purple hyacinths pale yellow daffodils by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Purple and pale yellow is a favourite colour combination. And, yes, the smell from the hyacinths knocks your socks off!

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 pale blue muscari yellow daffodils by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
The pale blue grape hyacinths/ muscari is kind of different (maybe "Valerie Finnis"?)

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 pale yellow daffodils closeup by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Unusual markings on the right daffodil. Such a soft yellow! 

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 purple cyclamen yellow daffodils variegated ivy by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
A little jumbled but the pink cyclamen flower, its bluish-green leaves and the bright yellow daffodils scream out "Easter isn't that far off!"

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 white daffodil orange centre closeup by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Such a clean white and bright orange

Red Salpiglossis sinuata Painted Tongue Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Possibly a Calibrachoa  (Update: Confirmed as Salpiglossis, thanks Barry!) The petal marking is crazy and psychedlic!

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 white daffodils by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 pale yellow daffodil closeup by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Just got the lighting right for this shot I think

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013 white daffodils hyacinths pale blue grape hyacinth by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog

Yellow salpiglossis Painted Tongue Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013  by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Another Salpiglossis sinuata


Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2013  pink cyclamen yellow daffodils by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog

I hope you gathered some ideas and inspiration to plant more bulbs next fall. I didn't see many tulips but maybe they'll be shipped and planted in later before Easter when the next Flower Show starts!

The other parts of the Conservatory showcase the permanent plantings which require higher temperatures and humidity. These tropicals would never survive outside in zone 5ish Toronto so seeing them strut their stuff safe and snug during a Toronto blizzard is wonderful.

The following were blooming during my visit:


Hong Kong Orchid Tree Bauhinia x blakeana bloom Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
A bloom of Bauhinia x blakeana or the Hong Kong Orchid Tree showing its very suggestive stamens and pistil

Bauhinia x blakeana Hong Kong Orchid Tree bloom Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Now I know what the source of the emblem is on Hong Kong's the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China's flag

Brugmansia x candida Variegated Angel's Trumpet Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
The huge blooms of this Variegated Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia x candida) 

Brunfelsia pauciflora Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow bloom Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Keeping it in the family (Solanaceae), here is a closeup of  Brunfelsia pauciflora or Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. The blooms emerge purple, turn lavender and then white before dropping off. 

Clivia miniata bloom Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
This Clivia miniata was blooming in fine form too

Tradescantia pallida purpurea Purple Heart bloom Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Blooms of a purple spiderwort/Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida "Purpurea")

Stay warm! Believe it or not, we'll be working outside in a month, the garden gods willing.

(Update: you can see all my Allan Gardens Conservatory 2013 Spring Flower Show pictures in one spot at my Flickr set.)













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