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Well, that wasn't much help.

Warning up front: this is going to be a long, whiny, crancky, blog post so, if you just don't feel up to coping  with that today, best move on.

I had been really looking forward to yesterday as an antidote to the grey blahs of this time of year, around my area.

I planned to head downtown to the big garden show that is held in Toronto every year in March. I've been going to this show for the last 15 or so years and think of it as the kick off to the gardening season. While it's true there are still quite a few weeks before you can actually do very much in the garden it is a good time to start dreaming and making plans for the season ahead, and the show had a number of lovely display gardens to wander through for ideas and just for a reviving breath of fresh plants and flowers, and a confirmation that spring will indeed be coming.

In addition there were numerous vendors who attended. Large nurseries from around the area, smaller nurseries that often specialized in a particular type of plant and offered interesting and hard to find varieties, as well as garden tool makers, and people selling cute or interesting garden paraphenalia, all attended this show.

A lot of the plant societies who support the culture of specific plants would have stands there ( eg, the Canadian Peony Society, Ontario Daylily Society etc.) to answer questions or give advice on their particular plant species.

There were also interesting speakers and a number of different topics offered throughout the day.

A day spent there was interesting, educational, and wonderfully uplfting at this rather dismal, dregs of winter, time of year.

Not any more.

I've noticed a falling off of quality in the last few years but, when they moved to a different location a couple of years ago, and hooked up with a tacky Home Show , I think it kind of sounded the death knell for this as a great place to go.

 

The show yesterday was a real diappointment; few and sad display gardens, a handful of small vendors mixed in with home show people hawking electric neck massagers and the like. No schedule of talks on gardening topics, like there used to be, not even many nice flowers to take photos of...sigh... sadly it seems like my traditional way to start the gardening season has gone the way of the dodo.

 

All this to lead into my pictures of the day and explain why, instead of pictures of flowers, in glowing colours, to post here today I have these instead:

 

Yup, instead of spending hours at the Garden show I ended up wandering around the streets taking photos of the city.

From the trip home, here is the TO skyline from a less glamourous angle than the usual photos you see of it:

 

Guess I'll have to go online to look at pictures of plants and gardening supplies, if I want to revive my dreams of spring, somehow though, the computer can't replace the feeling of standing somewhere, surrounded by flowers and just breathing in.

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Well, that wasn't much help.

Warning up front: this is going to be a long, whiny, crancky, blog post so, if you just don't feel up to coping  with that today, best move on.

I had been really looking forward to yesterday as an antidote to the grey blahs of this time of year, around my area.

I planned to head downtown to the big Garden show that is held in Toronto every year in March. I've been going to this show for the last 15 or so years and think of it as the kick off to the gardening season. While it's true there are still quite a few weeks before you can actually do very much in the garden it is a good time to start dreaming and making plans for the season ahead, and the show had a number of lovely display gardens to wander through for ideas and just for a reviving breath of fresh plants and flowers, and a confirmation that spring will indeed be coming.

In addition there were numerous vendors who attended. Large nurseries from around the area, smaller nurseries that often specialized in a particular type of plant and offered interesting and hard to find varieties, as well as garden tool makers, and people selling cute or interesting garden paraphenalia, all attended this show.

A lot of the plant societies who support the culture of specific plants would have stands there ( eg, the Canadian Peony Society, Ontario Daylily Society etc.) to answer questions or give advice on their particular plant species.

There were also interesting speakers and a number of different topics offered throughout the day.

A day spent there was interesting, educational, and wonderfully uplfting at this rather dismal, dregs of winter, time of year.

Not any more.

I've noticed a falling off of quality in the last few years but, when they moved to a different location a couple of years ago, and hooked up with a tacky Home Show , I think it kind of sounded the death knell for this as a great place to go.

 

The show yesterday was a real diappointment; few and sad display gardens, a handful of small vendors mixed in with home show people hawking electric neck massagers and the like. No schedule of talks on gardening topics, like there used to be, not even many nice flowers to take photos of...sigh... sadly it seems like my traditional way to start the gardening season has gone the way of the dodo.

 

All this to lead into my pictures of the day and explain why, instead of pictures of flowers, in glowing colours, to post here today I have these instead:

 

Yup, instead of spending hours at the Garden show I ended up wandering around the streets taking photos of the city.

From the trip home, here is the TO skyline from a less glamourous angle than the usual photos you see of it:

 

 

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Well, that wasn't much help.

Warning up front: this is going to be a long, whiny, crancky, blog post so, if you just don't feel up to coping  with that today, best move on.

I had been really looking forward to yesterday as an antidote to the grey blahs of this time of year, around my area.

I planned to head downtown to the big Garden show that is held in Toronto every year in March. I've been going to this show for the last 15 or so years and think of it as the kick off to the gardening season. While it's true there are still quite a few weeks before you can actually do very much in the garden it is a good time to start dreaming and making plans for the season ahead, and the show had a number of lovely display gardens to wander through for ideas and just for a reviving breath of fresh plants and flowers, and a confirmation that spring will indeed be coming.

In addition there were numerous vendors who attended. Large nurseries from around the area, smaller nurseries that often specialized in a particular type of plant and offered interesting and hard to find varieties, as well as garden tool makers, and people selling cute or interesting garden paraphenalia, all attended this show.

A lot of the plant societies who support the culture of specific plants would have stands there ( eg, the Canadian Peony Society, Ontario Daylily Society etc.) to answer questions or give advice on their particular plant species.

There were also interesting speakers and a number of different topics offered throughout the day.

A day spent there was interesting, educational, and wonderfully uplfting at this rather dismal, dregs of winter, time of year.

Not any more.

I've noticed a falling off of quality in the last few years but, when they moved to a different location a couple of years ago, and hooked up with a tacky Home Show , I think it kind of sounded the death knell for this as a great place to go.

 

The show yesterday was a real diappointment; few and sad display gardens, a handful of small vendors mixed in with home show people hawking electric neck massagers and the like. No schedule of talks on gardening topics, like there used to be, not even many nice flowers to take photos of...sigh... sadly it seems like my traditional way to start the gardening season has gone the way of the dodo.

 

All this to lead into my pictures of the day and explain why, instead of pictures of flowers, in glowing colours, to post here today I have these instead:

 

Yup, instead of spending hours at the Garden show I ended up wandering around the streets taking photos of the city.

From the trip home, here is the TO skyline from a less glamourous angle than the usual photos you see of it:

 

 

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Well, that wasn't much help.

Warning up front: this is going to be a long, whiny, crancky, blog post so, if you just don't feel up to coping  with that today, best move on.

I had been really looking forward to yesterday as an antidote to the grey blahs of this time of year, around my area.

I planned to head downtown to the big Garden show that is held in Toronto every year in March. I've been going to this show for the last 15 or so years and think of it as the kick off to the gardening season. While it's true there are still quite a few weeks before you can actually do very much in the garden it is a good time to start dreaming and making plans for the season ahead, and the show had a number of lovely display gardens to wander through for ideas and just for a reviving breath of fresh plants and flowers, and a confirmation that spring will indeed be coming.

In addition there were numerous vendors who attended. Large nurseries from around the area, smaller nurseries that often specialized in a particular type of plant and offered interesting and hard to find varieties, as well as garden tool makers, and people selling cute or interesting garden paraphenalia, all attended this show.

A lot of the plant societies who support the culture of specific plants would have stands there ( eg, the Canadian Peony Society, Ontario Daylily Society etc.) to answer questions or give advice on their particular plant species.

There were also interesting speakers and a number of different topics offered throughout the day.

A day spent there was interesting, educational, and wonderfully uplfting at this rather dismal, dregs of winter, time of year.

Not any more.

I've noticed a falling off of quality in the last few years but, when they moved to a different location a couple of years ago, and hooked up with a tacky Home Show , I think it kind of sounded the death knell for this as a great place to go.

 

The show yesterday was a real diappointment; few and sad display gardens, a handful of small vendors mixed in with home show people hawking electric neck massagers and the like. No schedule of talks on gardening topics, like there used to be, not even many nice flowers to take photos of...sigh... sadly it seems like my traditional way to start the gardening season has gone the way of the dodo.

 

All this to lead into my pictures of the day and explain why, instead of pictures of flowers, in glowing colours, to post here today I have these instead:

 

Yup, instead of spending hours at the Garden show I ended up wandering around the streets taking photos of the city.

From the trip home, here is the TO skyline from a less glamourous angle than the usual photos you see of it:

 

 

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What have I got myself into?

Here, we have some weird photos from the last few days, taken in conjunction with challenges over at a 365 project that I am doing. I already posted my "Hotel California" picture in the last blog, but  now we have some other ones I've taken for different challenges over the last week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first three were all in connection with a challenge to photograph a mundane object ( in this case a chain) in an interesting or abstract way. The last, was for a challenge to get a photo that illustrated the week's theme of "secret".

I've got to admit that I am having a lot of fun snapping photos of things I would likely have never shot before.

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Lensbaby

In response to a challenge at my 365 project site I have started playing with my Lensbaby again. I had almost forgotten how much fun it could be using this lens. Here are a few shots from the last few days.

 

Prompted by another challenge, an attempt to illustrate one of the lines from the Hotel California lyrics.

 

And last, not a Lensbaby shot, but one prompted partly by the Colour challenge on this board and partly by the fact that today is the 15th anniversary of our adopting him, here is a shot of Boo, as he is today.

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Pseudo Spring

It looks nothing like spring here now. Piles of snow all over the place, the poor birds look like they are freezing, and any bulbs that might try to stick their noses out of the ground would still have about a foot and a half of snow to get through before I'd even see them. Even the geese that usually hang around the pond all winter have moved somewhere else because the pond has now been completely frozen over for days.

On the weekend I just needed some spring time feeling so, when I saw some pretty begonias at the grocery store I couldn't resist picking one up and taking pictures of it from five different angles. I didn't even take it out of the cellophane before I started, I kind of liked the way the cellophane reflected the light.

 

 

 

 

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Still Lovely...

I'm suffering a bit of flower envy right now, after seeing some lovely shots of fresh flowers by another pea. So, trying to make the best of what I do have, I found these seed heads still on my sedum plants since the fall. They've made it through snow, and ice, and high winds, and still have a certain beauty of their own. I shot them against a soft coloured background and added some textures.

 

 

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Kitchen Inspiration

I've been suffering from a case of the February grey-blahs and finding it hard to get excited about photographing any subject that is within easy range. A friend suggested I watch a photo tutorial video and, as a result I decided to try one of the suggestions on the video, a trip to the kitchen to search for reflective surfaces. 

The result is this photo and I'm actually quite happy with it. I like not just the reflective parts throwing back the colours at us but I also like the semi-transparency of the strainer letting the colours through in a slightly subdued tone.

 

As an added bonus, I'm pretty sure this activity  is a lot more low cal, than my usual reasons for heading into the kitchen when I have the blahs. 

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Some have snowdrops...

We still have snow flurries.

 

 

 

 

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