27.3.13

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2013 Easter Flower Show | part one


Well, at least it's blooming here in Toronto!


Inside of course. 

Winter is sloooowly leaving us and we may reach double digit (Celsius) temperatures next week. I'm seeing a flood of florist mophead hydrangeas in supermarkets and  hardware stores in blue, pink, white and variations. Easter is around the corner so Easter lilies are ubiquitous as well. Outside, tips of tulips, crocus and daffodils are poking up.

The Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto exhibits five types of flower shows each year, free of charge. Since the focus is on plants (annuals and tropicals) and not interlocking brick or McMansion boulder arrangements, I wonder why anyone would rather go to Canada Blooms than this inner-city horticultural jewel. True, the area is kind of sketchy (nice Harveys down the street, wink!) and the city staff don't make eye contact with you but you're there for the plants, not to be accosted by hot tub and hot sauce salespeople.

I digress.

During my visit today, the mass plantings of tender hydrangeas and Easter lilies were not fully in bloom yet so I'll have to go back in a week or so. In the meantime, please enjoy these pictures of  hydrangeas, daffodils, cyclamen and a blooming rhodo.

Wishing you a happy Easter for those who celebrate (and a good long weekend for those who don't!)



Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 blue hydrangeas variegated ivy by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
Variegated lacecaps, blue mopheads and variegated English ivy





Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 blue lacecap white mophead hydrangeas variegated ivy by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
White mopheads, blue variegated lacecaps and variegated English ivy

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 white hydrangeas by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
Blue lacecaps with white florets

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 mauve Catawba rhododendron by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
A blooming (Catawba?) mauve rhododendron

Poet's Daffodil Narcissus poeticus at Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 by garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
Poet's Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus) at 
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
Easter Flower Show 2013

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 blue hyacinths agapanthus yellow primula by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
A composition of deep blue (and fragrant!) hyacinths, pale blue agapanthus, egg-yolk yellow primula, nestled among asparagus fern (?)
A contrast of  colours and textures

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 hot pink primula blooms by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
The pink is much more vibrant in real life: the halo around the yellow just kills me!

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 blue white delphiniums blue cineraria yellow daffodils by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
This should satisfy the delphinium masochists out there

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 blue white delphiniums dusty miller yellow daffodils by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
Same grouping as above from the other side of the bed: the pink cyclamen cheers things up

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 seasonal urn by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
Your spring container?

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 drifts white daffodils pin cyclamen by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
Down one path...

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 drifts blue hyacinths yellow daffodils dusty miller pink cyclamen by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
From the other side: you can imagine the smell coming off this drift of blue hyacinths!

Allan Gardens Conservatory Easter Flower Show 2013 drifts pink cyclamen deep blue hyacinths by garden muses: Toronto gardening blog
A simple pastel palette, perfect for Easter






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