|Purple hyacinths, purple campanula, white tulips, and ferns--what a combination!|
|You'd never get this combination to grow together "in real life", but what a show it makes!|
|A delicious combination of pink. These ranunculus were amazing.|
|Proudly showing off one of my creations|
Being a rabid heuchera fan (betcha don't know many of those!) I had to stop and take half a dozen pictures of this "lawn" of heuchera and "Princess Irene" tulips at the Home Depot garden. Absolutely adorable.
The Canadian Cancer Society's fortress of daffodils was a sad and delightful monument, all at the same time:
|Air ferns and orchids make extraordinary wall art|
The Toronto Botanical Garden's display had a whole edible theme to coincide with their 'edible summer.' I know the trend now is to include edibles with your ornamentals, but no one can make those combinations look as stunning as Paul Zammit (TBG's Director of Horticulture.)
|I did not know that chrysanthemums were edible. And how did they get tomatoes to fruit in March?!|
|A tiny perfect raised bed.|
And if you could actually grow a real garden with this mix of plants, we'd have everyone in the city gardening:
Competition in the flower show is tough. I do a bit of floral design but these arrangers are in a whole other league:
|The Dance of Time|
Some things at the show are just too big or too difficult to do capture in one tiny photograph. Landscape Ontario's garden was a stunner but how to encapsulate something so mammoth? This time lapse video from Landscape Ontario will give you some idea of the scale of this undertaking:
And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that a highlight of Canada Blooms in 2010 for me was seeing...
Canada Blooms 2010 was a wonderful burst of garden in a desert of winter, and I've no doubt that Canada Blooms 2011 will be even better. I promise not to take a year to post a report...