A day trip out to Canada Blooms is always a fun experience when we are desperately waiting for spring weather to arrive and get working in the garden.  Last week we had a day trip to the Direct Energy Building in Toronto to see Canada Blooms and the National Home Show.

Canada Blooms 2015

On entering the building after a relaxing ride on a McCoy bus we could follow the road down to Canada Blooms.  When we gave in our tickets we were given another ticket to get a free plant.  Did you see the ones we got?

Canada Blooms 2015

It is always lovely to see the masses of spring flowers.  There aren’t any popping out of the ground yet at our house.

Canada Blooms 2015

The theme of this year’s show was Let’s Play and was evident in many of the display gardens

Canada Blooms 2015

What child wound’t want that tree house in their backyard?

Canada Blooms 2015

Other display gardens had the sound of moving water which is so relaxing.

Canada Blooms 2015

A giant chess board and a giant clock were featured in one area.

Canada Blooms 2015

There were some ideas to be taken away and adapted to my own garden.  I already plant in the big cement blocks but loved the idea of using regular house bricks for smaller display.  The succulent frames were there again.  I took the idea last year and made one of my own towards the end of the season.  I plan to add more plants to it this year.

Canada Blooms 2015

One idea that I particularly liked was using the big giant bags to grow in.  I had already been thinking of using some of the extra reusable grocery bags I seem to collect.  We were given two lovely big McCoy bags that I’m going to plant up when the weather is right.

It seems each year the Canada Blooms part get a bit smaller and the Home show gets a bit bigger.  I enjoyed the show but wasn’t as impressed as I’ve been in the past.  I thought the Blooms part was a bit dark and there weren’t nearly as many great ideas that were practical enough to use in my garden.

I’m sharing with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday.

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