A Corpse Flower and Other Oddities at the Greenhouse

On Sunday I went to Allan Gardens for a respite from the winter weather, which keeps dragging on and on. And on.

Allan Gardens is a beautiful, warm greenhouse with absolutely stunning displays of flowers, plants and trees. And it’s free.

You can find more info about it here:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=b2a9dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Below are some photos of what I saw. Some of the plants that I saw today were quite…strange…

How about a Corpse Flower (a.k.a. Voodoo Lily)?

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It really did smell…rotten. Not rotten like garbage, but rotten like a dead thing.

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Here’s something a little more aesthetically pleasing. But don’t worry, there’s still more weirdness to come.

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Um…don’t sit there.

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This was the the tiniest flower. I didn’t even see it until my friend pointed it out. It was probably only 5mm across.

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Returning to the weirdness….this was a hanging plant of some kind. The flowers look like little green horns.

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…and does anyone know what that yellow thing is?!

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I also found some hanging spiky ball plant things….

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…and a dreadlocked cactus tree of some sort.

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You might not have a tree with dreads at your house (if you do you have to invite me over), but you will probably have some of these pretty soon.

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Maybe you have one of these indoors.

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I think these are called fiddleheads.

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Bananas, anyone?

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I met these good looking guys at the pond.

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It is always beautiful there, but it seemed even more so this time.

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Stay tuned!

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