February 12, 2016

Tropical delights at Toronto's Centennial Park Conservatory

Moth orchids, tropical hibiscus and others on display in Etobicoke


Gardening in the dead of a Toronto winter? While others are busy winter sowing or greedily going through seed and bulb catalogues in preparation for spring's arrival, I'm doing a lot of reading and a bit of blogging. The genesis of this post was from a visit to a local Conservatory last winter. I forgot about these pictures and thought they would provide a nice diversion from the current polar conditions currently afflicting us here in zone 5 Toronto. And if you're fortunate and smart enough to live somewhere that's non-glacial at the moment, you can still enjoy these pretty flowers!



White Phalaenopsis Moth Orchids Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 




Growing such beautiful orchids would be a tough task unless you provide the heat and humidity they love. For me, it's much nicer and practical to visit a place that allow these conditions: either warmer and more exotic locales (like Barbados' Orchid World) or a local greenhouse. Luckily, Centennial Park Conservatory can be reached via public transit and I find its orchid collection nicer than the one found at its sister Conservatory at Allan Gardens.


If you're an orchid collector, you'd be a little disappointed with the variety (mainly moth orchids or Phalaenopsis or "Phals") on display but for a winter weary visitor, the orchids and hibiscus and other tropical flowers and plants do lift the spirits. Well, until you have walk outside again and feel the Arctic blasts reminding you that spring here is still far away....



Pink Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pink Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory


Purple spotted white Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Purple spotted white Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 


White Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
White Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 


Pale pink Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park  Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pale pink Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park  Conservatory

Pale purple Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Pale purple Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
at the Centennial Park Conservatory


Light purple Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Light purple Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 




Light red Phalaenopsis Moth Orchid Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Light red Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 


Yellow tropical hibiscus rosa sinensis Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Yellow tropical hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa sinensis
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 


High Heaven tropical hibiscus rosa sinensis Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"High Heaven" tropical hibiscus 
( Hibiscus rosa sinensis )
at the Centennial Park Conservatory



High Heaven double tropical hibiscus rosa sinensis Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"High Heaven" double tropical hibiscus 
( Hibiscus rosa sinensis )
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 



Blushing Peach tropical hibiscus rosa sinensis Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Blushing Peach" tropical hibiscus 
( Hibiscus rosa sinensis )
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 



Orange Brugmansia Angel's Trumpet Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Orange Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet) 
at the Centennial Park Conservatory 



Bromeliad flower Aechmea fasciata Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Bromeliad flower (Aechmea fasciata
at the Centennial Park Conservatory

Centennial Park Conservatory yellow cactus flowers by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory's
 yellow cactus flowers