Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bloom Spring - Bloom

 "Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring." 
                                                                                                                       Terri Guillemets

Flower Carpet in Brussels

We may have a bit further to go before spring flowers begin to pop their pretty heads up through the soil, but with spring officially arriving today we are one step closer. And if your green thumbs are itchy to get going, the Canada Blooms show in Toronto is the perfect place to gather inspiration.

Floral Fashion Parade

It was windy, cold and sunny on Sunday - perfect weather conditions to send everyone off to Canada Blooms. Richard and I hustled from the car to the Direct Energy building at the CNE to join the throngs of people who were, like us, happy to smell fresh soil {you have to be an avid gardener to appreciate that}.

The Canada Blooms Flower and Garden Festival teamed up with the National Home Show in Toronto {Direct Energy building at the Canadian National Exhibition} - the show runs through until March 23rd.  So if you world is lacking the sweet fragrance of garden soil or home reno dust - this is the place to be.

Mannequins sprouting floral carpets in bright shades of floral buds were part of the attraction.

Sweet cakes made with magnolia leaves, gerbera daisies, and carefully placed blooms had me dreaming of a tea party in the garden.

 Can you imagine these pretty floral cakes adorning your table?

There were garden vignettes landscaped to encourage backyard planning. One of my favourites was designed by Jodi M. Liptrot and built by Vaughan Landscaping. The blend of over-grouted stone and charcoal stained wood beams offered the perfect foundation for pretty foliage around the sleepy garden.  My pictures don't do this justice .......... it was so elegant. 

As we welcome spring today and hope for warmer weather, I can't help but know that we have things a lot brighter than the residents of Port au Choix, in north western Newfoundland.

The roof of the house {in the center of the pic}  is barely peeking out under the snow drifts.

The owners of this home were away most of the winter {it's easy to understand why} -  neighbours contacted and advised them that their house was in danger of being buried in snow. So they returned home and to no avail attempted to shovel off the roof managing to leave the house before the porch collapsed from the weight.

images: Janice Gould - Canadian Press

So - Welcome Spring !

........... maybe Mother Nature can give Newfoundland an extra sprinkling of warm air.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my heavens, what gorgeous flowers! Would love to have been at that wonderful looking show!