It looks as if Canada Blooms may be joining forces with the annual home show in Toronto next year. Apparently they (Landscape Ontario & the folks who own the Home Show) are in talks about combining these two shows. What's being looked at is a longer show - perhaps 10 days.
While I suppose there's all sorts of economy to be had by combining the two, I can't help but think that it isn't a good thing for those of us who go for the flowers. Frankly I'd prefer to put my hand in a blender than go to the Home Show, or should I say put my hand in a foaming hot red marblized whirling hot-tub, or maybe the silver-12 seater, or the blue one with the glowing lights, or perhaps the green one with the mug holders.
Oh well, the only thing you can count on is change these days - so fingers crossed it all works out well, and I'm back drinking in my flowers at the Direct Energy Centre at about this time next year.
Met up with my good friend Gill on Friday. Her husband Bob Young, the new mayor of the Township of the Lake of Bays was involved with 18 other mayors from around the province in a plant-a tree-competition on the main stage of Canada Blooms. Blindfolded, they were aided by some able Boy Scouts in the mission to become the #1 tree planter. Not sure who won, but Bob (in the bold plaid) was magnificent. This event was put together to publicize the goal of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Communities in Bloom to plant millions of native trees over the next 10 years.
Two swans a' swimming.
The Canada Geese taking a stroll on the bits of remaining ice.
The first part of the trail takes you up a slight hill.
Put this is so you can see the mud. I cannot begin to describe how our boots smelled when we got back into the car....ah spring!
Madison the Muskrat eating his greens.
I adore it when the bits of dogwood start to glow even redder getting ready to show their leaves.
Every bit of semi-solid ground was occupied by nesting water birds.
Leaving the walkway, we headed up the other side of this wonderful marsh.
If you peer through these branches you might be able to see just how many birds are squatting on this little grassy island.
When I look at this now, I'm wondering just how quickly I can get back to see what other changes have taken place. Note to self - bring plastic bag & tie for boots. It'll make that trip home just a little sweeter.