You may have noticed that I was conspicuously absent for the past couple of weeks. Well, once again, my husband wanted to get away in April – didn’t I say last year that we would never go away during one of the busiest times of the season? It could have been worse, I suppose, had we gone a couple of weeks later when transplants were bursting out of their pots, needing to get into the ground, and I wasn't around to take precautions should a late frost be predicted.
Now take a wild guess where we went…
And you’re right! We were at Disney….again. Surprisingly, the destination was my husband’s choice, not my kids. And how did he persuade me to leave when I was up to my eyeballs in garden related chores on the “to-do” list? This is how:
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
Festival Center where many of the talks & demonstrations are held
But the Festival Center was only a tiny part of this event. There was a LOT to enjoy throughout Epcot - and my camera received a real workout. I'll apologize now for some of the photos - we had a couple of overcast/rainy days (read: GREAT picture taking weather!), but for the most part, the Florida sun shone. Great for us, not so much for the photos.
There was no mistaking what was happening at Epcot the moment you walked through the gate:
Entrance at Epcot
Farmers Donald, Huey, Dewey & Louie surrounded by fresh produce & flowers
|The nature of lettuce....|
The Festival is not so much about the flowers (i.e. unusual varieties, etc) such as what you would expect to see at a botanical garden, but more about educating people on how plants, flowers and gardens add to our wellbeing.
Field of Cleome
Together with the displays of bromeliads & orchids,
the info on this sign definitely has me considering adding a couple to the bedroom
There was inspiration everywhere throughout the park:
Perhaps it's because I'm rather challenged when it comes to potted plants,
but I loved, loved, loved this display
Many of the flowers & plants are obviously for a warmer (winter) climate than what we have here in Ontario, but that doesn't keep me from appreciating their beauty:
A few perfect blooms remain after a heavy rainfall
Sweet potato envy.... :)
|The spores have a definite prehistoric feel to them, don't they?|
Norfolk Island Pine
Back in Canada, I’m glad to report that there were only a few casualties on the garden front. All of my seedlings in the basement, which had received a good soaking on the morning that we left, were still alive on my return. I can’t tell you how nervous I was as I went down those basement stairs, dreading the thought of seeing trays of wilted seedlings.
Outside, everything looked pretty good as well except for one broccoli seedling that mysteriously vanished (all the others were fine) and I have a few more gaps in my onion bed than I should have - it looks like the weather may have been a bit too dry for some of the tiny seedlings. In fact, all of the beds were quite dry as we had only had one day with a bit of rain. On the bright side, there was no bunny damage - I had not yet put up the fencing that was removed when we had the spruce tree cut down, so my fingers were crossed that the peas & favas I sowed in those beds the week before we left were up and growing and didn’t serve as rabbit food.
I fixed some netting that blew off one of the onion beds, watered all of the beds and trays…and the very next day I was slapped with a whopping head cold which left me pretty much useless for a few days, so there is a lot to catch up on. I'm planning on doing an update on what’s going on in the garden this week – a lot has happened in the past month (even before our trip) and I guess I’ve been concentrating so much on the “doing” that I’ve fallen behind when it comes to writing about it.