Yes, it is time of the year when you go to the Cherry Blossoms at the High Park and enjoy beautiful cherry trees blooming profusely.
Today I am sharing some of the pictures that I shot on my recent visit to the Allan Gardens, Toronto. It was early spring and I was able to spot a lot of lilies and other plants on their permanent display. Browse these pictures for your viewing pleasure.
Allan Gardens Conservatory is my favorite retreat from the hum drum of corporate life. It is a serene oasis jewelled right in the middle of the busy Carlton, Jarvis and Gerrard streets of Toronto. The garden that hosts conservatory has long stretches of green grass and more than 300 old trees. Some noticeable species are sugar maple, American beech and red oak.
The conservatory consists of six greenhouses that cover 1, 6000 square feet and house a huge variety of tropical, sub-tropical and exotic plants that are rare to find under one roof.
While crossing through the greenhouses you actually move from one climate to another and experience a whole new world of lovely plants in each climate. Neat pathways edge along plant beds that are nicely maintained.
The tropical houses maintain warm and humid environment for exotic Orchids, bromeliads, begonias and other plants that bloom year-round. You can find many hard-to-find plants like Jade vine, Platycerium, cycads, and some exotic foliage plants. The water features inside the tropical houses not only decorate the conservatory but also help maintain the climate.
The ‘cool’ house has selection of Mediterranean plants. The Palm House grows a nice variety of palms, tropical vines and some seasonal plants. The arid house showcases cacti and other succulents that include varieties of haworthia, aloe, agave, and sedum.
Besides permanent collection, you can see a nice collection of seasonal bloomers in Allan Gardens Conservatory. Depending on the season, you can find really nice variety of hydrangeas, lilies, coleus, caladiums, cannas, chrysanthemum, and poinsettia. Seasonal plants at Allan Gardens are grown in pots that are sunk in soil – making it easy to remove them at the end of the season.
On my recent visit to Allen Gardens, I was able to see Jade vine and angel’s trumpet in full bloom. Other noticeable bloomers were daffodils, gerberas, plenty of hydrangeas, some hoyas, bird of paradise, and foxgloves.
Allan Gardens Conservatory has a nice collection of ferns and air plants too. No matter what part of year you visit Allan Gardens, you will always find something interesting, colorful and aromatic.
The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), popularly known as ‘The little garden with big ideas’, is a non-profit horticultural and educational organization with a mission to connect people, plants and the natural world through education, inspiration and leadership. Spanning over four acres, the Toronto Botanical Garden features 17 themed gardens.
I sat down to write something about Bougainvillea but I feel I do not have words worthy of its praise. Bougainvillea has a special value in my life – it is harbinger of spring.
The lovely and show colors of Bougainvillea are signs of spring and warm sunny season. The lush colors of Bougainvillea fill our local landscape to absorb all the rough and harsh texture of the surroundings. I just love it.
See and enjoy yourself…
What a lovely way to pay tributes to a building that had served and touched thousands of people in nine decades. The old Massachusetts Mental Health Center building was planned to be demolished to make way for the new facility. The artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to make this memorial a good recognition of the historical importance of the building.
Anna used nearly 28,000 potted flowers to fill all the corridors, stairwells, and offices. The public was then invited for a limited 4-day viewing as a time for needed reflection and rebirth. Lovely idea indeed!
For more pictures, see the Bloom project on Anna Schuleit website.
I see trees of green – red roses too
I see em bloom -for me and for you
And I think to myself -what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue – clouds of white
Bright blessed days – dark sacred nights
And I think to myself – what a wonderful world.
The colors of a rainbow – so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces – of people going by
I see friends shaking hands – sayin how do you do
They’re really sayin – i love you.
I hear babies cry – I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more – than I’ll never know
And I think to myself – what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself – what a wonderful world.
~ George Douglas