Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spring Arrives at Allan Gardens

As I was heading into Allan Gardens last week for my first visit in something like three decades, I ran into a co-worker. "Oh it's cute in there," he says. "I haven't been since I was in grade school," I tell him. "You'll probably see some of the same plants," he laughed. Indeed. As soon as you enter the conservatory, a massive common screw pine steals the scenery. The tree is one of the oldest plants in the conservatory. The blue sky was no slouch either.

Pink is a sure sign of spring. I'm not big on the colour or cyclamen, but these were pretty impressive. Must remember to always think "mass plantings."

If only I could achieve such a display of tulips in my garden. Obviously squirrels are not a problem in the greenhouse.

These tulips were just a little past their prime but offered a bold jolt of colour nevertheless.

Nothing beats the fragrance of hyacinth. I also happen to like this shade of violet.

This rosemary plant had a lot of fragrance and pale violet blooms to offer. This was easily the biggest, most bloomingest rosemary I have ever seen, standing about hip-high.

Orchids in a hanging basket. The blooms were quite large, about the size of my palm.

This is a piece of lead statuary from England depicting the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan. Leda, the Queen of Sparta, apparently caught the eye of Zeus. She would bathe in the river Eurotas. In order to get close to her, Zeus transformed himself into a swan. Leda took the bird under her wing and was eventually seduced by the mightiest of gods. Interesting story, peaceful scene.

Coleus has a starring role at the conservatory. It is used throughout to add colour and texture.

My walk through the Allan Gardens conservatory was just what I needed on a bitterly cold February day. I won't wait another three decades before making my next visit.


Anna--Flowergardengirl said...

OH my goodness, they are all stunning. I love coleus too! Thanks so much for sharing while we still have cold weather! errrr

Kylee said...

Those pink tulips look good enough to eat!

jodi said...

Awesome display of colour! Just what we winter-wearied northerners need, yes?

GardenJoy4Me said...

You are so lucky to be so close to a "plant fix!" place .. with this long winter we have had .. we all need a little of that to keep us going !
Great pictures !

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Connie said...

Wonderful photos...for color starved eyes!! Thanks for sharing.

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salient said...

I used to live close to Allan Gardens and it was a wonderful oasis of life, colour, and warmth in winter. Thanks for the "visit".