It’s Not The Chelsea Flower Show…

Tom and I travelled to Toronto today to see Canada Blooms 2012. I haven’t been in three years. We were both shocked by the reduced size of the show. It is now paired with the Home Show, which is at least twice the size of Blooms. Anyway, enough about size issues.

Despite the small space, it was quite enjoyable to walk around gardens in March, which were in full bloom. The Cancer Society Garden was full of daffodils and signs of remembrance. There were lists of why people wore the daffodil; for a brother, a mother, or some other loved one that they had lost. It certainly brought a tear to my eye. The daffodil is still a symbol of hope, and was one my Mom’s favourite flowers.

“Oriole’s” Garden was quite innovative. Don’t you love the oval frame! They also had boxwood pruned into irregular heights, which I rather liked.

The spray painted picture used as a backdrop, really gives a modern urban feel to the garden.

This spiral shape is actually a planter full of vegetables. It is beautiful and functional. Modern and urban were definite themes this year.

This tiny corner garden probably won the most awards. Torontonians will immediately recognize the sign and symbols of Toronto scattered throughout the garden. Roncesvalle is a trendy part of Toronto next to High Park. This garden pays homage to a lovely area of Toronto that is both urban and rural.

I don’t normally look at the flower arranging, but this one caught my eye, and the eyes of all the judges according the ribbons. It’s a colorful end to the day’s outing and the blog.

It’s not the Chelsea Flower Show, but it was very enjoyable. We didn’t make it to the wine tasting, but I think some of the Toronto Football supporters had made it to the beer tent…several times. The train ride back was awash with the red and white colours of the local team, as well as the second hand beer vapours of the supporters.

About chebandbecky

I was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Canada in 1988. Becky is my daughter who was injured in a car accident. We are working towards her independence.
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1 Response to It’s Not The Chelsea Flower Show…

  1. Karen Woolley says:

    Hi Cheryl’

    I will never forget our time at the Chelsea Flower Show or the towers of strawberries on display but the daffodils in Toronto bring back a lot of goo memories too. Glad to see you are doing the Relay for Life. Hi to Becky and Tom! Cheers, Karen

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