March 12, 2015

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show (part two)

Beautiful on the inside, ugly on the outside


March is turning out to be shi*ty (sorry to offend) month, literally. Temperatures are above zero and walking around downtown Toronto is depressing. As the snowbanks melt, incredible volumes of spent cigarette butts, dog excrement and crushed coffee cups emerge to the surface. The garden beds are, of course, rock solid and will be so until late April but I hope to see some crocuses and snowdrops soon outside. For now, I'm enjoying these blooms on display at the local Conservatory.

The hyacinths were in full bloom and their scent wafted throughout the display section. I like their strong odor--it's a smell I definitely associate with spring.


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show yellow and white daffodils by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show
yellow and white daffodils  


I have 40 pictures that I'll break over this and another post to make things manageable.

By the way, a local paper, the Toronto Star, recently printed a short article about the Conservatory's increased attendance  due to the harsh weather over the winter: Allan Gardens gets boost from bad winter

That's good news since greater attendance should mean greater or stable funding by the city (there's no entry fee so the operations are funded through our taxes, I guess) but bad news for me, personally, as all these pesky guests are getting in the way of my picture taking! 

Just kidding, I love them all...


Crocus and cyclamen Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Drifts of crocus, hyacinth and cyclamen
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show 

Grape hyacinth and daffodils Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Grape hyacinth and daffodils
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show 


Peach tulips Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Peach tulips
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show 



Peach tulips backlit Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Peach tulips backlit
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show
 

Pink hyacinths Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink hyacinths
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show


Pink Schizanthus Poor Man's Orchid Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Schizanthus (Poor Man's Orchid)
 Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show 

Red tulips Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Red tulips
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show


Vanguard crocus Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Vanguard" crocus
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show  



Vanguard crocus vernus Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Vanguard" Crocus vernus Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show


White and orange daffodil backlit Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White and orange daffodil backlit
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show 


White daffodil  Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White daffodil
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show 



White daffodil detail Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White daffodil detail backlit
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show

White daffodils Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White daffodils
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show

Yellow daffodil Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Yellow daffodil
Allan Gardens Conservatory
2015 Spring Flower Show


Yellow double daffodil  Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Yellow double daffodil
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show  

Zonal geraniums Pelargonium x hortorum Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Zonal geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum)
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 2015 Spring Flower Show 

The next two plants are not part of the Spring Flower Show, per se, since they are not hardy and are found in another section of the Conservatory dedicated to "tropical' (to us) plants on permanent display. I was lucky to catch the African Iris (Dietes iridioides) in bloom and had to show you.


African Iris Dietes iridioides Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
African Iris
(Dietes iridioides)


Agapanthus africanus Albus White Lily of the Nile Allan Gardens Conservatory 2015 Spring Flower Show by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Agapanthus africanus "Albus"
(White Lily of the Nile)


The main entrance of the Conservatory leads into the "Palm House" and if one looks way up, you'll see the metal framework supporting the large dome and cupola. Palms and bananas frame this shot.

A different perspective for you to consider...

Allan Gardens Conservatory Palm House dome by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory Palm House dome 


Want to see more spring blooms? Here are some links from the Spring Flower Show in previous years: