January 31, 2014

Garden Musings: Spring Blooms 2014 at the Toronto Conservatories

Hurrah! I am kicking my heels for joy. I am so excited about starting off the 2014 garden season with visits to Spring Blooms at the Toronto conservatories. The exhibits open tomorrow, February 1, at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto and Centennial Park Conservatory in Etobicoke. Best of all, admission is free! To paraphrase the song, "My camera bag is packed and I'm ready to GO!" Will I see you there? I certainly hope so. :)

January 13, 2014

Indoor Garden Ideas: 5 Dramatic Displays under Glass

Although plants have been kept and exhibited under glass for centuries, it wasn't until the early 1800s that the "modern" terrarium as we know it was created by Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, a London physician with a love for botany {Source: terrariums.net}. Dr. Ward published a book entitled "On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases" in 1842 where he outlined the construction of small glass enclosures which were called Wardian cases after him. Wardian cases became immensely popular among plant-obsessed Victorians and these terrariums could soon be seen proudly displayed in parlors and dining-rooms all across England and abroad {Source: Design*Sponge}.

A classic Wardian case via {http://bit.ly/1ahipyp}

While terrariums may not be as trendy as they once were in the 1800s and early 1900s, they are still enjoyed as an art form by many with a passion for indoor gardening. Below are five dramatic design ideas for building your own terrarium display.

Tall insectivore plants under an old-fashioned glass dome
via {Midwest Living}

Miniature moth orchid, silver ribbon fern, ripple peperomia,
table fern, and moss via {Southern Living}

Recycled glass bubble terrariums
via {Habitat Design}

Hanging glass orb terrariums at Pigment
via {Warby Parker}

Terrarium with billy button stems (Craspedia)
via {Making it Lovely}

If you'd like to start a terrarium but have had little experience in putting one together, you can check out Martha Stewart's "How to Plant a Terrarium" video tutorial and the one below by Sprout Home:

Happy planting!

Blog post © 2013 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved. Copyright of images belong to their respective owners - please refer to source links.

January 12, 2014

Indoor Garden Ideas: 5 Ways to Green Up Your Apartment Windows this Winter!

It's only January and everything outside the window is bleak and grey. Spring seems eons away, and even the evergreens seem to have had their colours bleached away by the cold, pale sunlight of winter. I believe that indoor gardens nourish our green-starved souls at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere, and these images have encouraged me to get out to my local garden centres to chase away the cold-weather blahs. Do you have an indoor garden? If you would like to share your ideas, please leave a link in the comments below.

Source: {Joojoo}

Source: {Petra Bindel for Elle Interiors}

Source: {Design*Sponge}

Source: {Oh, Darling! Photography}

Source: {BilVil Architecture}

Blog post © 2014 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved. Copyright of images belong to their respective owners - please refer to source links.

November 18, 2013

My Photo Journal: Fall Foliage at Scarborough Bluffs (2)

"Fall Foliage at Scarborough Bluffs"
© 2013 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved.

A different view of the fall foliage atop a white cliff at Toronto's Scarborough Bluffs. The Bluffs happens to be one of our favourite walking spots and is certainly one of the most scenic areas within the city in which to take pictures.

© 2013 Flora R. Powell. All rights reserved.