Are you ready? It's time for our 14th annual photo contest! Enter your best pictures of the year, for a chance to win a calendar and annual subscription here. Hurry! Deadline for entries is October 21.
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?
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!
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.
The plant was given to me when 2" tall in a pot.
Yes it does look like a tad like road kill.
And no there is no smell at all.
Every one of these red seeds will eventually grow into a new plant if not eaten by critters.
Guys, I don't mind that the thread topic changed from "flower shows" to "showing flowers"! Initially, I thought other folks might post flower show pics, but they didn't - yet. While we're waiting for more flower show pics, I welcome any plant pics. I have noticed that threads on Dave's Garden frequently go off-topic, and it's usually fun!
My garden must live a very sheltered life, as I have yet to see any damage from lily bugs or Jap beetles. However, it has to cope with the incursions of deer, rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs, Canada geese, squirrels, chipmunks, and meadow voles. I also battle against some insect that lays eggs on rose leaves, and I have to inspect the roses on a daily basis all summer to remove voracious green caterpillars.
I did not buy anything at the Canada Blooms show! The potted perennials on sale so early won't survive in my zone - they die of shock after being coddled and forced in greenhouses all winter. I would have bought some jewelry if there had been anything exciting on display, but I only saw some "Murano glass" of dubious provenance (it looked like the sort that is sold cheaply in Italian street markets), and some uninspiring strings of beads. Those metal flowers were attractive, and I was tempted, although I'm not sure I could have gotten them onto the bus - they were big! - but the booth they were in was unattended and so I couldn't buy one. One of the aromatherapy vendors was offering a concoction of marjoram oil that he said cured snoring, and I wanted to know more. He told me to take a deep sniff of it to clear my sinuses. However, when I did so, I got an immediate sharp pain in my ears (why?) and my eyes flooded with water. No sale!
All I came home with from the show was a bag full of brocures and business cards, sore feet, and my pics.
I don't have any garden art yet, not only because I spend all my money on plants, but also because I am not sure what artwork would look good where. My garden is very open and naturalistic, so any artwork would really stand out, and could easily look out of place. The previous owner of the property had placed black-painted plywood cutouts of herons and fishermen all around the pond, and those had to go! I prefer seeing real herons, and no fishermen. Perhaps a stone henge or a fake ruin might suit the garden, when I win the lottery. Meanwhile, I make do with mobile garden ornaments, such as deer.
Long day today, made it from Ft. Myers, Florida to Tennessee border..if all goes well tomorrow just might be home early Friday..here is hoping!
My pieces usually take 3 or 4 weeks to rust, I spray the pieces while watering the gardens, off time spray with vinegar..while in Florida I saw a piece I would have bought, artist prided himself he sprayed a finish on them and guaranteed no rust..lost a sale. Lol
I hope Yall enjoyed your Easter Holidays.
I had a glorious 6 days at my fav. camping spot.
'Girraween National Park' has everything for the Bush Walker/Climber.
Here is a clue as to what the Giant Pine Cone really is.
“The bunyip, or Kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from aboriginal mythology.
They are said to lurk in Swamps, Billabongs, Creeks, Riverbeds, and Waterholes.
The Origin of the word Bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia.” (and that's exactly where I live, S-EA)
I have germinated over a dozen Trees from My Pine Cone.
There could have been a lot more, but I cooked them up.
They taste like the Nuts they sell on the streets in Europe.
Mine tasted best when BBQ'd.
I once had a Bunya-bunya as a house plant, but it never fruited. At the time, I had no idea it was a tree. It grew larger and larger, and those sharp, prickly leaves would scratch any unwary hand that strayed into its ever-expanding space, but I refused to get rid of it. Finally, I had to leave the Bunya-bunya behind when I moved house, as I could not fit it inside my car. I sadly left it at the end of my driveway for any passer-by to take. I still feel guilty for abandoning it.
They don't get the fruit/cone till they are 30 years old or 200' high.
This Tree grew out in a big Cow paddock.
Then the developers moved in and subdivided the land into 10 acre blocks.
A bitumen road was built right around this Tree.
We all complained but no one cared.
And yes you guessed it, it caught disease.
It is indeed sad that developers all over the world see no value in living trees, just cut them down, or injure their roots so they die. Then, when no trees are left, they call their development something like "Evergreens" or "Shady Woods" to attract buyers. At least with a 10-acre lot, trees can be planted. The individual lot size of housing developments in and around greater Toronto is now so small that the house takes up most of the land, leaving no room for the home owner to plant a decent-sized tree if they wanted one. That's one reason I live out of town. There are still woodlots and forests in my neighbourhood.
Well I went up and took these Pictures today of where the Bunya Pine used to be.
There are now 9 New Houses within one of the Pictures.
But all they have planted is some Wild Bushy Grass where the Tree used to be.
Talking of 'Lawn Cemetery's'
This is the one in Copenhagen where 15 generations of My Family rest.
I rather like the simplicity of a big lawn area.
Here in Ozz, Cemetery's are a total mess.
Untidy and unkept.
I'm impressed that you know where 15 generations of your family are buried. Goodness knows where my lot are!
I have not visited any Canadian cemeteries, but from what I have seen from driving by them, they seem tidy and well-kept. Even the little rural graveyards that formed around now-vanished churches are looked-after by some organization.
I planted 12 of the Bunya Nuts at first.
After 2 weeks I dug one up to see if they were growing.
When cut in half for science sake I found this growing progress.
I wonder if anyone has ever sacrificed a Nut to discover this ?
Very interesting! I guess the plant does not need to produce any chlorophyll until the shoot has emerged into daylight, and so conserves energy by growing without coloration while below ground. How many weeks did it take for the other Bunya nut sprouts to reach the surface?
This is one of the Bunya Pines I have grown from seed.
It is now 8' tall after 4 years.
It was planted straight into the ground.
The ones in pots are still only 3' high.
They always grow much faster straight in the ground.
Unfortunately I only planted this one.
My passion is Poincianas and they take pride of place.
I just love the Red Flowers and the Canopy they create.
The Hoop Pine by My Front Gate drives me cracy with all the Pine Needles.
Give Me Poincianas any time. ^_^
Ooh, that one is smooth! Smooth-barked trees - such as beech - look like skin over muscle to me. I don't think this is beech, though. It might be something with aerial roots that have joined together, such as a climbing fig?
I still don't know what kind of fig it is! I give up.
Nice pic for your "avatar", Kell, but it's a shame the image isn't as sharp as it should be. I think several DG members have already complained to Admin about their avatar pics being fuzzy, but you might want to add your voice.
Have all those zig-zag marks been caused by some kind of larvae eating the tree underneath its bark? I've seen those sort of marks on American Elm trees attacked by borer beetles (which carry Dutch Elm Disease). I'm not sure what the tree is in your pic, though.