February 03, 2014

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014

Toronto gets blooming early!


And I'm not referring to Canada Blooms, the national (some consider) flower show, held next month. Tucked between New Year's Day and "Blooms", as the locals call it, the downtown Conservatory puts on its yearly Spring Flower Show with much less fanfare. Sorry, no opening night galas or celebrity speakers. But if you're in the mood for a quick hit of colour, warmth and tranquility, Allan Gardens Conservatory is for you. It's very accessible by public transit and admission is free as well.

I live close by and spent a quiet hour or so taking these pictures, among others.  If you're stuck in the middle of a harsh winter like I am and would like to see "purty flowers" instead of dead browny bits of 2013's vegetation (aka "winter interest"), here you go:


Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 yellow daffodils by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 yellow daffodils.
Signs of things to come, you have to trust me on this one
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(Just a note: the following pictures are "cyclamen and daffodil" heavy. I imagine tulips, paperwhites, squill, grape hyacinths, etc.,  will be planted later as the show progresses. I'll post more pictures later. For now, enjoy the following:)


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamen by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamen 

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamen dusty miller by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
cyclamen and dusty miller 

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamen massed by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
cyclamen massed 


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamen persicum stirling  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
cyclamen  persicum "stirling"

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show persicum cyclamens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
  cyclamen persicum 

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show cyclamens by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
 cyclamens 

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show pink cyclamen by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
 pink cyclamen 


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show pink stirling cyclamen by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
pink "Stirling" cyclamen



Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show white cyclamen persicum by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
white cyclamen persicum

Cyclamen persicum En Vogue Purple Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Cyclamen persicum "En Vogue Purple"
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show yellow daffodils by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show
yellow daffodils 


Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 daffodils by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 daffodils 

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 helleborus niger Jacob by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory
Spring Flower Show 2014
Helleborus niger "Jacob"
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014  Jacob Christmas Rose by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
Spring Flower Show 2014
 "Jacob" Christmas Rose



Helleborus niger Jacob at Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Helleborus niger "Jacob" at
Allan Gardens Conservatory 

Spring Flower Show 2014 


These orchids are not part of the Spring show, per se, but they're beautiful nonetheless. (If you happen to know the genus and species, let me know and I'll update.)


Phalaenopsis white moth orchid Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Phalaenopsis white moth orchid 
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2014 Spring Flower Show 


Phalaenopsis pink moth orchid Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Phalaenopsis pink moth orchid 
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2014 Spring Flower Show 



Cattleya labiata semi-alba Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Cattleya labiata semi-alba 
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2014 Spring Flower Show 


White moth orchid Phalaenopsis Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White moth orchid (Phalaenopsis
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2014 Spring Flower Show

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show Vectis Glitter pelargonium by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2014 Spring Flower Show
"Vectis Glitter" pelargonium 


When you hear "geranium" you may think of the annuals sold by the flats every Mother's Day weekend at your local garden centre. They're more accurately named Pelargonium instead of (perennial) Geranium. I had to google to determine this type of tender zonal geranium. The pink and red flecks and venation is very cool. The cultivar is called "Vectis Glitter" and the full botanical name for those plant geeks out there is Pelargonium x hortorum "Vectis Glitter".

Do me a favour: don't plant these encircling a dracaena spike in your container.



Vectis glitter pelargonium Allan Gardens Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Vectis glitter" pelargonium 
or zonal geranium at
Allan Gardens Conservatory 

2014 Spring Flower Show