April 01, 2017

Succulents and cacti at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory

Prickly and Juicy Characters



Succulents seem to be all the rage these days and I can understand why. They're "low maintenance" (well, not hardy for us in zone 5 Toronto but not slaves to watering either) and, admittedly, very cute. I was reminded of this during my visit to the 2017 Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show (outlined in my previous post.) The Conservatory has a separate area or "Arid House" with many succulents and cacti on permanent display. Many of these "desert" plants have interesting flowers and fantastic foliage in their own right.

So while the seasonal flower exhibits are showing spring bulbs or fall mums blooming their (forced) heads off, our little friends who prefer the dry heat just keep doing their thing.

Maybe I'll pick up an Echeveria this year and see if survives my lack of love!


Kalanchoe thyrsiflora Paddle Plant at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Paddle Plant) at 
Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House 


Echeverias at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Echeverias at Etobicoke's
 Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House 



Echeveria detail at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Echeveria detail at
Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House 



Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House blooms by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's
Kalanchoe Arid House blooms 



Euphorbia milii Crown of Thorns flowers at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns) flowers
at Etobicoke's Centennial Park
Conservatory's Arid House 



Aeonium at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Aeonium at Etobicoke's Centennial Park
Conservatory's Arid House 



Aloe flowers at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Aloe flowers at Etobicoke's Centennial Park
Conservatory's Arid House




Blue Sticks and Aloe glauca at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Blue Sticks (foreground) and Aloe glauca
at Etobicoke's Centennial Park
Conservatory's Arid House 




Cacti at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Cacti and Kalanchoe blooms at
Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory  




Kalanchoes at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Kalanchoes at Etobicoke's Centennial
Park Conservatory's Arid House 



Paddle Plant Kalanchoe thyrsiflora at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory's Arid House by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paddle Plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora) at
 Etobicoke's Centennial Park
Conservatory's Arid House 



Senecio Mandraliscae Blue Finger Succulent and Kalanchoes at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Finger Succulent)
 and Kalanchoes at Etobicoke's
Centennial Park Conservatory 



Succulent topiary at Etobicoke's Centennial Park Conservatory Arid Room by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Succulent "topiary" at 
Etobicoke's Centennial Park 
Conservatory's Arid Room