Yes, I am finally home from The Bahamas, and I had been going to share some of my experiences there, but the Barbados Horticultural Society Garden Show was on this weekend, and as I was away on Saturday, I thought that I had better visit on Sunday, the last day. My friend David was in from St. Lucia, so Ian was happy, (he was spared the experience), and we drove to the show early in the morning. And a good thing it was too, the heavens opened up in the afternoon and it would not have been a pleasant experience.
David taking a photo of the Bismarck Palm, Bismarckia nobilis, my favourite palm, (and his too)!
These two beautiful Clerodendrons were right at the entrance, one a shrub, and the other, the “Bleeding Heart’ vine.
This is not a ‘garden’ show like Chelsea or Canada Blooms, no display gardens to visit, but they had some lovely plant, veg and flower displays in the buildings.
And certainly lots of plant vendors outside, you could find almost anything you wanted. Although I am greedy, I restrained myself, the terrace is not that large, and I am sure Ian appreciates being able to walk around it, so I just purchased a few herbs.
I loved how a lot of the cut flowers in the competition were displayed against a black background, it certainly set them off for photos.
Such great colours in the hibiscus.
I remember when the red seemed to be the only colour you could purchase, now look at them,
the plant hybridizers have certainly been busy.
And look at the display by the Barbados Orchid Society
it makes me want to go out and buy a ton of orchids, of course Ian would kill them while I am in Canada, that would be a problem, and not to be able to bring them back, would break my heart.
Such amazing varieties.
I am sure that Barry would appreciate this table more than I do, maybe next year he can be here for the show.
I have always had a thing for caladiums, they certainly did very well on my terrace in Toronto
And look at some of these lovely varieties, maybe when I return home, I shall purchase some of these.
This plant blew me away,
I love the combo of dark and light, had a black and white garden, dogs, and bedroom when I lived in Kingston. I can envision all kinds of floral designs I could come up with around this flower, Strelitzia Nicholai.
Another plant I have always wanted to try growing are bonsai
however, driving back and forth every weekend between Toronto and Kilbourne Grove, made them very impractical for that lifestyle. But when I am retired….
But, in my mind, I have saved the best for last, the floral design. Although there were a lot of beautiful arrangements, I loved the all green. When I was designing, you arranged your greenery first.
There are so many beautiful ones,the arrangement could be wonderful on its own, sometimes I didn’t even want to add flowers.