Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

The Idea behind Bloom Day is that garden bloggers from around the world on the 15th of every month will place photos on their website of what is in bloom in their home and garden. The index of other bloggers can be found on Carol's website,

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December 15, 2010

Allan Gardens, December 15, 2010

I spent a couple of hours at Allan Gardens on Wednesday. It is a wonderful way to shake the winter blues! Have a look through one of Toronto's most beloved greenhouses.

This year Allan Gardens is supporting a fundraising initiative by Polar Bears International. The Gardens are featuring topiary Polar Bears in their display to publicize the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the special 'Polar Bear Poinsettias' goes to support this non-profit organization.

Christmas decorations at Allan Gardens, 2010
Pointsettia 'Polar Bear'

For more information visit Doors Open Toronto 2010.

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November 15, 2010

Here is my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day report on a cold and blustery November day.

Epiphyllum Cactus

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October 15, 2010

And um, Here it is!

The ginger cat's name is Matthew.

Here are the original catalogue descriptions for my wild Dahlias.

Thompson and Morgan Dahlia Catalogue Page


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August 15, 2010

The roses discussed in the video are:


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July 15, 2010

The daylilies discussed in the video are:

  • Hemerocallis citrina
  • Hemerocallis fulva 'Kwanso'
  • 'Stella d'Oro'
  • 'Ruby Stella'
  • 'Apricot Sparkles'
  • 'Rosy Returns'
  • 'Strawberry Candy'
  • 'Little Grapette'


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June 15, 2010

I wasn't going to participate in today's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. I was just going to continue working and weeding outside. Then I found that my two new roses were in flower and was inspired.

The first is the latest Agriculture Canada rose 'Navy Lady'. It is a dark red with a black velvet sheen.

Rose 'A.C. Navy Lady'

The second rose is a Weeks rose with Canadian Explorer rose parentage. 'Cape Diamond' resulted from a cross of 'Marie-Victorin' with 'Louis Jolliet'. It is, as one would expect, a rose with pink flowers on a rather large bush. I'm hoping it is as hardy as the other Explorer roses.

Rose 'Cape Diamond'


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March 15, 2010

I have two Cymbidiums in flower right now. The first is Red Beauty. When the sunlight hits it, it gives off the fragrance of honey.

Cymbidium Red Beauty

The second is Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun. It has no fragrance, but it has very heavy substance, and the flowers last a long time.

Cymbidium Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun
Cymbidium Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun

I am so extremely excited about things that are going to be happening in the next couple of days. I'm attending the Canada Blooms opening night gala.

Canada Blooms Opening Night Gala

Then on Saturday, I'm planning on attending the Garden Writers luncheon at Canada Blooms. Shortly before, I plan to be taking Martha Stewart's photo as she attends the show for the first time, promoting her new line of garden furniture at Home Depot!

I hope it is as fun as the time I chased around Prince Charles.

Wish me luck!


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February 15, 2010

One of my miniature Cymbidiums, Showgirl 'Malibu', is in flower and another miniature Cymbidium, (Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun), is in bud.

With the first Cymbidium, the trick to understanding the name is that two Cymbidiums were crossed (Sweet Heart x Alexanderi) and all of the offspring from that cross were called Showgirl, but because each individual looked slightly different some exceptional ones were given individual names. Mine just so happens to be 'Malibu'. All registered orchids have their pedigree done in this way.

I think the second orchid is yet to be registered.

The flower below is 'Malibu'.

Cymbidium Malibu

Because today was the big Orchid Show in Toronto I managed to find and purchase two more minis. One is Cymbidium Evening Star 'Pinkie' and the other is Cymbidium (Solar Flare x Donnybrook). They were both purchased from Clouds Orchids. They were only 10 dollars each!

Cymbidium orchids

I really like mini Cymbidiums. They take up far less room than do the huge ones you can buy at stores like Walmart. Unlike the large ones they don't need cold night temperatures to thrive. The big ones are great for the greenhouse or sunroom but these small ones are great as houseplants.

What the hybridizers did to create them was to cross the large temperate growing ones with the small tropical ones. This produced intermediate size and greater tolerance to a wide range of temperatures.

Because these orchids are terrestrial they are far less fussy about water quality. In general I find them to be much easier to grow than some of the other common orchids like the Phalaenopsis.

Below is Cymbidium, (Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun) in bud. The flowers will be green and brown. Hopefully I will show you the flowers next month.

Cymbidium (Sleeping Beauty x Eastern Sun)

I have two others, Red Beauty and Green Apple, pictured below in photos from last year.

Cymbidium Red Beauty

These Cymbidiums are not registered orchids and could never be placed in a show. Their names are more descriptive than anything else, but I still luv 'em.

Cymbidium Green Apple

The best place to find unusual orchids and great information on how to grow them is with your local Orchid Society.


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January 15, 2010

My Amaryllis Pamela is still holding. Amaryllis Minerva is at it's best.

Amaryllis Pamela & Minerva

Minerva (below) is an old reliable bulb that produces consistent blooms every year.

Amaryllis Minerva

Impatiens niamniamensis still has one flower left, but it is usually best in an outside planter in the summer.

Impatiens niamniamensis

Unfortunately when I bring in my Hibiscus schizopetalus (below) it tends to drop all it's summer leaves and then produces small indoor leaves. The move from outside to in also shocks it into flower.

Hibiscus schizopetalus


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