Sunday, 13 May 2018

Spring Flower show

Greetings! About two weeks ago I went to see the Spring Flower show at Allan Gardens Conservatory. The Conservatory is over 100 years old with a garden-filled greenhouse that is open to the public year-round. Admission is free.

Inside the huge greenhouse, there are five to six sections that contain tropical plants from all over the world, from palm trees to cacti, plus seasonal plantings. The gardeners have done a fantastic job in the garden design and mix of colours. I'm sharing a small selection of my close-up photos below.

Jade vine

Gerbera

Pink orchids

Hydrangea

Agave

Red spray

Cacti

Citrus tree

Garden path...

...to more flowers

Flower wheels

There are about 16,000 square feet of green house space to explore. All the beautiful plants and flowers are yours to enjoy after you enter the Conservatory modest-looking doors.

Allan Gardens Conservatory

I hope you enjoy the pictures. The turquoise jade vine bloom was the most unusual to me. Have you seen it before?

48 comments:

  1. I saw this a couple of weeks ago too and it was fabulous!

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    1. Yes, it was fabulous! So much beauty packed in one space. Thanks, Jackie, for your comment.

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  2. Gorgeous flowers and plants Natalie and a lovely way to start the week. When were were in Madrid last year we visited the Botanical Gardens and they were beautiful and there was a magnificent Cacti gardens in Barcelona. I can't select which of your photos are my favorite, I love the orchids but also the cacti. The conservatory is gorgeous isn't it? I must take another look at my Spanish photos. Have a great week!
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    1. The golden barrel cacti are gorgeous, Sue. There were orchids of different colours at the Conservatory. You'd love it there. Have a great week!

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    2. I'm sure I could spend hours there! BTW I need a favour. When you leave a comment on my blog, I always reply. Do you receive an email notification that I have replied to your comment? Having tech problems atm grrr! :)

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    3. I don't receive any email notification when you reply to my comment on your blog, Sue. I'm having some issues with my Blogger template, too.

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  3. Lovely - where is this? Melbourne?

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    1. It's in Toronto. Thanks, Lydia, for stopping by.

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  4. I'd forgotten how much I loved Spring blooms until we were in France. Where we live we don't really get Spring or Autumn so it was a real treat - as are these pics. That jade vine I've seen in gardening mags, but never for real.

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    1. That was the first time I saw the jade vine in full bloom IRL. Thanks, Jo, for dropping by.

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  5. Such gorgeous flowers. I love the fact that admission is free to everyone. For many people, the cost of admission can be a barrier.

    Jude

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    1. I agreed, Jude. I know of other gardens where the entry fees are high. Thankfully, there is a historical condition since 1864 that the Allan Gardens grounds must be publicly accessible and free of charge.

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  6. Those flower wheels are gorgeous! You must have had such a good time photographing the flower show. I went to the Chelsea Garden Show (I think that's what it's called?) when I lived in London and loved exploring. #LikeThisWeek

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    1. I took a lot more photos at the gardens but restrained myself to post just a dozen here :) The gardens in London must be lovely. Thanks, Katherine, for stopping by.

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  7. I love flower photos Natalie - you certainly gave me some Spring brightness to offset my Autumn day in the office (although it makes me wish I was outside in the sunshine!)

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    1. Glad my photos gave some Spring brightness, Leanne. Perth seems to have mild temperatures in Autumn, which should make it lovely to be outside. Thank you for stopping by.

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    2. I'm back again and still loving those flowers Natalie - I've pinned some of them this time :)
      Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM xx
      Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au

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    3. Glad you're still loving the flowers, Leanne :) Thanks for hosting MLSTL.

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  8. It's been years since I've been to Allan Gardens, Natalie. I think I should plan a trip for next winter when I'll be craving the smells and sights of flowers. I'm a big fan of Gerbera. Like you, I've never seen the jade vines.

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    1. The Spring Flower show was great colour therapy after the winter months, Karen. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for dropping by.

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  9. Such a beautiful building. All the flowers are gorgeous but I am partial to those brightly colored Gerber Daisies!

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    1. The Gerber Daisies sure look bright and beautiful. Thank you, Lisa, for stopping by. I'm thinking of you and Madagascar.

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  10. What a beautiful beautiful building and stunning garden!Is the whole garden housed in the Conservatory or do they have outside gardens too?

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    1. The flower photos that I took were all inside the 5-6 green house(s). Outside there are big trees and some planted flowers, too. The domed Palm House has been there since 1910. There is a new Children's Conservatory added but it wasn't completely set up yet when I was there. Thanks, Janis, for stopping by.

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  11. The jade vine is so unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your spring! In the thick of autumn here.

    SSG xxx

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    1. The jade vine in full bloom was unexpected beauty. It looks like Autumn in Sydney is slightly warmer than our Spring here. Thanks, SSG, for stopping by.

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  12. Such a glorious post of colour and texture and Mother Nature. Sharing your Spring while I am sharing our Autumn is cool!!

    Thank you so much for linking up for #lifethisweek 20/52. Next week's optional prompt is My Biggest Fear. 21/52. #LifeThisWeek. Denyse

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    1. Thank you, Denyse, for hosting. Good luck with your surgery.

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  13. Hi, Natalie - I just commented (from my phone, while traveling) so am not sure if it went through. If so, please feel free to delete this second message. If not, please know that I greatly enjoyed this post (and the sunny photos)!

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    1. Hi Donna, I received just this one message. Thank you for your comment while traveling. Hope you'll have nice weather at your destination and a great time.

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  14. Beautiful photos, what a wonderful way to spend the day!

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    1. Welcome and thank you, Donna, for your visit and comment. I enjoyed my time at Allan Gardens.

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  15. Very beautiful photos. I would love to spend the day there. Thanks for sharing. #MLSTL

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    1. Thanks, Patrick, for stopping by.

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  16. Lovely photos. I really enjoy garden and flower shows too.

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    1. It's nice to see spring flowers in the gardens. Thanks, Cherie, for stopping by.


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  17. The photos are lovely, Natalie. I have never seen a jade vine before. The variety of plants in the world is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The turquoise bloom on the jade vine was stunning IRL. Thanks, Christie, for dropping by.

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  18. gorgeous! I'd love to go there!

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    1. It was a great gift to the public. Thanks, Amy, for your comment.

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  19. I love all of the spring flowers hydrangea is one of my favorites. Great pictures.

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    1. There were different hydrangea colours at the Conservatory. It was a real visual treat. Thanks, Victoria, for stopping by.

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  20. Wow! Beautiful place to visit! And FREE too! We have Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens here in Virginia, USA with an admission Fee of around $10 Either way, all very much worth it. #MLSTL
    www.meinthemiddlewrites.com

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Mary Lou! I'll look up Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Thank you for your comment.

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  21. Flowers can be soothing and a good stress buster. Here in India too we have many flower shows and flower exhibitions.
    Take care
    Pradeep | bpradeepnair.blogspot.in

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    1. Welcome to my blog, B Pradeep! I've seen photos of the beautiful flowers at festivals in India. You're right that they can be soothing and good stress buster. Thank you for your visit and comment.

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  22. These flowers are lovely. I love a good garden show, especially in early spring when I am tired of winter and craving some summer sunshine and lots of flowers. It is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

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    1. Exactly, Michele. I felt energized after viewing all the gorgeous flowers and green plants on a sunny spring afternoon. Thank you for dropping by.

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