This past week brought blustery cold winds to the County and all Southern Ontario – lots of downed trees, fallen branches, rain, snow flurries and power outages. We were fortunate to escape wind damage or flooding even with the sump pump out of action for a few hours at the height of Wednesday night’s storm. That said, bulbs continued to push up outside, and seeds started to sprout inside. Here are my Six on Saturday, with a tip of my Tilly to The Propagator for this theme.
This holiday long weekend is much sunnier – so far – than the weather channels had predicted, with seasonal temperatures for a change. I think it might just be a blip though because it’s been cooler than normal so far this spring and there’s snow predicted for later next week. Heavy sigh. Plants know what time of year it is though – here are six signs that spring is underway in Southeastern Ontario, and a tip of my Tilly to The Propagator for this theme.
I love yogurt (or for non North Americans, Yoghurt) – have some every morning, sometimes as a topping for melons, berries or nuts, sometime right from the little plastic container. Of course, all these containers go into the recycling bin, and I can only hope some intrepid company is melting them down to make new plastic thingamjigs somewhere in the world.
I also love the three “R’s” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and it struck me a few weeks ago that I can possibly Reuse before Recycling, and save a few pennies as well. So I started collecting the yogurt containers, large and small, to use for seed starting.
I’m not sure if it will work. The wonderful thing abut using Jiffy® pots is you don’t need to disturb seedling roots when planting out. With the yogurt containers, I’ll have to carefully slide the root mass into the planting hole. So I’ll be conducting a quasi-scientific study — half of my new tomato seedlings in Jiffy, half in yogurt. All else will be the same (starting medium, heat and light while in front of the window, and side by side in the garden). I’m looking forward to the results!
The 10 days of Canada Blooms flower and garden show in Toronto ends Sunday – I thought I’d end the week with a few random shots that demonstrate there were, indeed, flowers there!
When I visit garden shows or county fairs I generally either breeze through or walk on by the flower show part. You know, the tables with vases of cut flowers, or weird looking arrangements that use sticks and leaves and kitchen gadgets that make the whole thing appear…strange. I know, I know – it’s a complicated process; running and judging a flower show takes a lot of time and effort. You can tell just by reading the info tags beside each display — there’s a million different types/classes of entries.
I took the time this year to more closely tour the winning entries of the Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms. I was amazed. I spotted at least four main categories: dresses based on Disney themes, small planted boxes meant to be viewed from above, front door decorations and arrangements by international floral artists that interpret the ‘experimental’ move genre. Here are a few of my favourites, with apologies for not noting the floral artists’ names. Lesson learned!
These are the front door decorations. Although I loved the snowshoe best, it was the Hyacinth wreath that won the day – these are living bulbs forming the wreath! I have no idea how the artisan who crafted it manages to keep the roots moist throughout the show; perhaps there’s something between the bulb and the beautiful moss diaper they’re wearing.
These dresses are made from flower petals, bark, leaves, twigs….they’re what I imagine movie stars would wear if there was a red carpet event in the middle of the enchanted forest.
I took photos of several of the ‘gardens in a box’ which, the sign said, are meant to be viewed from above, but my shadow was in all of them. Including this one!
You have to admire the imagination, creativity and tremendous skill demonstrated by all the displays. The neat thing is, if I had been at the flower show at the right time I could have seen judging and creating being demonstrated. Next year!