Preview of Spring

 Amaryllis 'RosalieSpring arrived in Greenwich CT last Thursday with Preview of Spring 2015: “HANAMI”, celebrating the transient beauty of flowers, a GCA Major Flower Show. Here is a floriferous post to keep the spirits high.

 Amaryllis and NarcissusThis show is held every three years in the precincts of Christ Church in Greenwich. Being held in winter, and especially THIS WINTER, the abundant classes of forced bulbs brightened the spirits.

Spring BulbsForced bulb classes in “Hanakotoba – The Language of Flowers” featured Narcissus “Pink Charm” and N. “Falconet”, Hyacinthus “White Pearl” and H. “Gypsy Queen”, Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) “Rosalie” and H. “Double Record”.

 Forsythia Witch HazelThank you to the dedicated horticulturalists who cut frozen (SOLID I’m sure) branches to force to bloom for “Shizen”. The witch hazel, above, smelled heavenly.

Forced Bulbs Garden Purple and Yellow Bulb basket Jewel Box Bulb Garden Best in Show Horticulture“Wa – Harmony” was a mixed bulb collection. These delightful entries made everyone smile, and the Best In Show sign on the one immediately above made the exhibitor smile too!

Garden Path with twin ponds Garden Path with central walk GF Garden Path with protea Garden Path Fenwick Medal“Garden Path”, a floral design class, was staged on low, square platforms, viewed from the top.  Directly above is the Fenwick Medal winner.

 Japanese Garden with stones Japanese Garden with Shelter Japanese Gravel GardenMore gardens in the Horticulture division, three of the six gardens in “The Great within the Small”, a miniature garden class for a garden inspired by a Japanese garden. All this material needed to be rooted and keeping proper scale of all the components was a key principle.

 ColeusColeus classesHarmonizing and contrasting with the many pink flowers of the show, these vibrant coleus plants stood out bright and strong!  Next post, floral designs!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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