December 16, 2019

The 2019 Allan Gardens Conservatory Winter Flower Show

Masses of (unpainted) poinsettias, Hallelujah!


A disconcerting sight I've seen over the past few Christmas seasons is the spray-painting of poinsettias to give them a "glittering sheen". They don't need this embellishment which is literally gilding the poinsettia. I find it extremely tacky.

Luckily, the folks who design and plant the hundreds (thousands?) of poinsettias every December inside Toronto's Allan Gardens Conservatory for its annual Winter (formerly "Christmas") Flower Show forego using shiny poinsettias.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a lover of poinsettias as they truly deserve to be chucked out on January 1 (ever seen a leggy Poinsettia in July that's kept alive by an owner who couldn't bear to part with it after the holidays were over?)  but the idea of painting plants, dead or alive, doesn't sit well with me.

Now that the Christmas Curmudgeon has vented a little, let's enjoy the winter flowers and arrangements at this year's Winter Flower Show which runs until January 12, 2020 here in downtown Toronto.



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show


Lots of poinsettias coming in this post but first let me show you this Amaryllis (Hippeastrum for the more exacting types, although no one calls it that). We usually see lots of Amaryllis, Cyclamen, and Paperwhites at the Winter Flower Show although this time there were no Hellebores, which was disappointing.


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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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You can count on mass plantings of cyclamen and ornamental cabbages every December as part of the Winter Flower Show. The layer of variegated English Ivy at the front of the raised bed is, more or less, permanent as the other seasonal show flowers work around it. Those who grow perennials with silver-coloured leaves and flowers know this: silver connects plants of various colours, acting as a neutral of sorts.



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Bright orange and yellow Kalanchoes make up part of the left "topiary" above while magnolia leaves grace the model's skirt.




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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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The scent of paperwhites permeated this part of the Conservatory. I guess you either like or hate the strong scent!



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show

An obligatory picture of a decidedly non-hardy bromeliad showing its somewhat holiday seasonal colours. We're inside a greenhouse after all!


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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show 

This container "floating" in the permanent koi-pond is wonderfully monochromatic: just shades of silver, white, green and brown. Very elegant, to me, but others may find it "too cold" as a container.


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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show 

A reindeer amidst the palms can work, you just go with the seasonal vibe!



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Poinsettias as bedding plants? Well, the picture above and below suggest the possibility.


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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show 

A "floral" dress that can be better described as a "succulent" dress. I appreciate the effort put into creating and executing this "living piece of clothing." 



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show 
In case you're wondering, the large tropical plants in the background above are permanent residents of the Conservatory. The colourful additions in the foreground are rotated in and out with the seasonal shows.


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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show 



Seasons greetings and thank you, dear reader, for being part of the "garden muses" experience again this year. We'll reconnect in a few months, closer to spring 2020!



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Allan Gardens Conservatory 
2019 Winter Flower Show





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