February 12, 2012

The 2012 Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show

Beating the Toronto gardening February blahs




This is a tough time of the year in Toronto, garden-wise. Spring is still months away and although we haven't had a very harsh winter so far, I think we can agree that we want it over soon. To tide you over, here are some pictures I took last year at the Allan Gardens Conservatory in downtown Toronto. (I'll try to post more recent pics soon but for now, enjoy!)


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2012 Spring Flower Show Zurel tulips by garden muses: not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory 2012 
Spring Flower Show "Zurel" tulips

Allan Gardens Conservatory 2012 Spring Flower Show leda statue and swan fountain by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Leda and not-so innocent Zeus in the pond


Allan Gardens Conservatory 2012 Spring Flower Show red and orange streaked tulips by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Orangey-streakiness for you tulip lovers!

These tulips would look fabulous en masse in your garden bed or perhaps in a series of dark blue containers along a path. Sure, they wouldn't last but the effect would be memorable.





2012 Spring Flower Show mass of pink hyacinths by garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog
Mass of pink hyacinths: 
Do you love or hate them, scent-wise?




Strelitzia reginae Bird of Paradise flower Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise) flower
at the Allan Gardens Conservatory 



Osteospermum  African Daisy at Allan Gardens Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Osteospermum  (African Daisy) at the
Allan Gardens Conservatory 

Spring Flower Show 2012




Tahiti narcissus daffodil at Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2012 by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Tahiti" narcissus/daffodil at the
Allan Gardens Conservatory 

Spring Flower Show 2012 

4 comments:

  1. As bad as the winter blahs are in Toronto, they are more severe here in Montreal. I have just returned from a three-day trip to your fair city to discover that what you call winter we call early spring. As a gardener, I would gladly trade places with you, because then I would have at least another two months of fair weather to work in the garden. You are so lucky!

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  2. Hi Allan,

    it's been an atypical winter, in terms of snowfall and minimum temps, throughout most of Canada this year with Toronto being no exception. Still, it usually snows until April so we have to hunker down for another couple of months (but this year, who knows?)Makes gardening in Canada a challenge, even for our friends in lower BC this year! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Hi Paul !
    Thank you for dropping by my blog : )
    I have read conflicting information myself .. old school being this tap root plant is a pain and will be cranky or die on me .. then other newer information is that it wasn't a problem and some one actually divided their mature plant into 4 sections and all survived and are doing well .. so I am thinking each individual case is going to be different .. I just have to grit my teeth and do it .. what happens happens and I can always get another one .. maybe a newer variety and start again .. that is what we do isn't it ? perpetual gardening ! LOL
    Joy

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  4. In case other readers are wondering what Joy is referring to, she's planning to transplant a mature baptisia/ false indigo and was wondering what the chances are for a successful move. Early spring is ok, but kind of dicey with such a large taproot. Maybe other visitors can chime in on Joy's blog?

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