For those of you who are new to this blog - I'm not exactly a fan of burlapping plants in the winter. Yes, if the plants are close to salted sidewalks, it can be beneficial to put up some burlap to keep the salt away. However, just as I would never put on a piece of burlap and go for a stroll in -20C weather, plants are not kept any toastier by burlap mummification. Exhibit #1 below - see if you can count all 10 wrapped plants - yes they're very, very small:
So, I suppose there's a market for a metal frame and piece of burlap packaged together. But honestly it doesn't make it right in my books.
But then I came across something I really would want to buy - these perfect little orchids - and I'm kicking myself that I didn't work at getting a better shot. To give you an idea of the scale - the pots are about the size of a small fist. Each flower is about 2.5 cm (1") and they come in so many colours. They will be available at Terra Nurseries for about $15.00Cdn or so. An absolutely lovely little hostess gift. The grower Mike van Steekelenburg of CosMic Plants Inc. says that the only difference between these wee treasures and larger orchids is that they need to be watered every 5 days or so.
I thought this was a very handsome looking portable fire pit. And, a gardeners hollow leg - probably a great idea, but I just don't need something that's going to make me look even less attractive when I'm out in my gardening duds.
Landscape Ontario had a lovely display of annuals and new plants - thought these Superbells Coralberry Punch really stood out nicely. Look how pleasant they look combined with the ferns.
Judging by the number of seed companies who were on the floor - it looks like the home gardener will have lots to chose from.
Not as many of the wooden kits at this show - but certainly the trend of being able to buy a custom-looking trellis rather than have to hire a carpenter to make one for you is continuing. This set is made by Gormwood of Richmond Hill.
This show was formerly the Garden and Floral Expo - there were many more flower growers showing their product in this fall show compared with the January show.
Valleybrook Nurseries is offering more tropicals this year. I'd lusted after Acalyphas for years - here's one that you'll be able to find in independent nurseries called Tahiti. Quite yummy. Below is Colocasia 'Mohito'. Depending on the price, I might just have to take one home next year.....
And just one last shot to finish - I've never been a big fan of Bougainvillea grown as a houseplant. After seeing them grow wild in Barbados as hedges, it seems that it was a horrid form of torchure to sit them inside during our Canadian winters - however, I'm starting to rethink things a bit - imagine if you had a table you could devote to them - I was really impressed at how pretty they all looked together - perhaps the key to growing this plant inside is having more than one....lots more than one.