On Friday I went to Canada Blooms for the first time and had a good enough time I guess. There were highs and lows and tulips. Lots and lots of Tulips.
I’ll start out with what I didn’t like: The plant show.
The plants here were nothing special and very little blew me away. Maybe I’ve been spoiled with the SOOS Orchid show and the Gesneriad show (honestly, the mini-shows at the meetings too). A Strep with 1 open flower here, an African Violet off center in it’s pot, growing on an angle and asymmetrical foliage there (it could have been a great plant with three leaves taken off and repotted). Many plants were small and completely unremarkable. But what really annoyed me was this:
There was one plant in this class and it got a first place. In real plant shows the judges can choose not to award a plant that doesn’t deserve an award. They also will not let you enter a plant into a class it doesn’t belong in. This is not a palm and it looks the same as any you could by in any grocery store. This shouldn’t happen.
What was interesting: Fountains etc.
I like fountains. Fountains in walls that don’t take up much space are even better. and look at the colourful reflections you get in the second one too, while the first is nice and loud like a fountain should be.
Waterfalls are nice too. Like fountains but more natural.
And then there’s this little tabletop fireplace which I also liked.
What was really nice: Some of the arrangements and gardens that were around.
And some plants:
I’m going to save my Tulip pictures for another post soon since this one is already so long.
Overall I would say worth it. But should have gone earlier in the week because things didn’t look fresh anymore. Hopefully it’s better next year.