It's the season for Flower Shows! Please post pics of shows you have visited or participated-in. I'll start off with a visit to Toronto's 'Canada Blooms' show, held in the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place this March. I apologize in advance for my terrible photography, and hope that everyone else has better pics.
The 'Sugar Bush' garden had maple syrup jars and woodland planting. The 'Chinese Culture' garden had a young gentleman dispensing tea and propaganda. The 'Swim & Spa' garden had an impressively large pool and a jacuzzi that looked like an inverted flying-saucer, coloured lights and all. The 'Magic of Teamwork' gardeners had assembled some real bedding plants.
Thanks for posting June. I too was at CANADA BLOOMS but I only went this time as I was given 2 free VIP passes. I am not interested in indoor gardens. I think the big advantage of this show (over others) is that it is the first of the season.
I agree, rouge. The main reason I went to the show was to see some foliage and flowers, because winter seems to have gone on far too long. And people weren't the only ones enjoying the early blooms. Did you see the flock of sparrows inside the building, joyfully flying from cherry tree to cherry tree in the indoor gardens, eating the blossoms?
Great pictures June.
I was going to add some Pictures but I am in Summer time, so I feel that is cheating.
I do have some Alaskan winter Plant Pictures though.
That Peterborough link is not working for me, rouge. Not to worry, this happens to me a lot! I'll just Google it.
Kell, an Australian flower show would surely be interesting, whatever the season.
Thanks, rouge. Now it's working! Are you going to the Peterborough show?
June, I have been there in the past and I did like it. But to be honest I probably only go to the indoor shows as a diversion seeing that I do get antsy this time of year not being able to do "real" outdoor spring gardening! And given that I went to BLOOMS and bought some pruning shears and another "better than sliced bread" garden hose I think I will not go to any more.
Having said that I really enjoy going to outdoor residential garden tours through the summer.
Maybe we can set up a thread dedicated to these events.
Rouge, was the hose that you bought at the show the crinkled one that un-pleats like an accordian? I looked at that, thought it looked very strange, and was too chicken to buy one. I probably won't make it to the Peterborough show, as I Googled the route and for me it would be a 217 km journey with an estimated travel time of two-and-a-half hours, which is about twice what I am comfortable driving. I took a tour bus down to Canada Blooms!
Kell, what the devil is that prehistoric-looking THING!
Yes June, I do mean the 'Çones'.
These plants are some of the most interesting plants in the world.
They are found on many continents, generally in tropical or subtropical areas.
What’s interesting about them is that they have survived from the age of dinosaurs.
They used to dominate the plant kingdom.
What is left of them today, is a tiny amount compared to how many they once were.
I thought you were referring to your hat.
Hmm, are these plants Cycads?
Amazing! The dinosaurs must have enjoyed snacking on them.
Not bored! I've enjoyed looking at your excellent pics. The cones are like works of art!
There's no hat to give the pic scale. Is she a big girl?
It is not so lovely when it ripens. It looks like a mouldy cabbage exploded. I hope it smells better than it looks. Did you plant the seeds?
I never knew there was so much variation in Cycad blooms. How are they pollinated - by wind, insects, birds, or what?