A Pleasant Surprise at the Floral Showhouse

2015 has been full of surprises.

This is probably something I will talk about in another post, but as I approach the New Year, I always get a bit introspective. Well, more introspective than usual. So far, my thoughts for 2015 seem to involve things that have surprised me – mostly in good ways, I’m relieved to say. So in keeping with this theme, I thought I would share a really nice morning out that I had recently. To be honest, I was kind of amazed that I enjoyed this.

I went to the Christmas Display at the Floral Showhouse.

No offense meant to the Floral Showhouse, but this type of thing wouldn’t have interested me at all in the past. It was something I’ve always thought of as a “Mom thing” – with no offense to my Mom, either. You know, it just seemed the kind of thing that your Mom would enjoy, so as a good daughter you would go with her – all the while discreetly rolling your eyes or looking at the clock to see when you could go for lunch.

But that’s not the case here –  I really enjoyed it myself. You’ll see why from the pictures. It’s a dreamy place for aspiring, amateur photographers.

Which leads me to another surprise – Jo, enjoying NATURE photography? If you had told me a few years ago that would be the case, I would have said you were absolutely nuts.

I am accepting my craziness though. And kind of liking it.

So let’s just dive right into the pictures of holiday loveliness, shall we?

There were these cute Christmas village scenes interspersed with plants in the entry room of the Showhouse.

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The tiny houses below remind me of some homes in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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The area below was filled with poinsettias of all kinds, everywhere. It was really beautiful. (By the way, I just found out that I have been spelling poinsettia WRONG for my whole life. It is poinsettia, not poinTsettia. Sheesh.)

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A small photobomb, below. That’s Mom in the right corner.

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Oh how I wish my own hanging baskets in the garden would look like this. Ken and I kill them every. single. year.

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Then we went into the Tropical Plant Section. Lush, warm, with the chirping of birds in the background.

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This was no soundtrack, however, these were real birds. Isn’t she (or he?) gorgeous?

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Of course, I amazed myself by actually getting a shot of the bird blinking. It happens to birds too, I guess.

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I loved seeing him sit all pretty, puffing out his chest. It was almost like he was posing for me. Maybe he was.

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Can you spot the bird?

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This turtle was fun to watch too.

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Allowing me to get close-ups

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And his profile.

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I had never seen a poinsettia (spelled correctly now!) like this one before.

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Outside, the display continued. I’m not exactly sure, but I think these are birdhouses? Or bird feeders? Very prettily designed to look like old houses.

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If you look very closely in the photo below, towards the bottom right hand side, you will see mist from Niagara Falls.

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The Christmas Display continues at the Floral Showhouse until January 15th. Get your Mom, your camera, and enjoy a very pretty, relaxed time out. It’s just a short walk to the Falls too, so even though it was a bit chilly, Mom and I walked over.

Every time I am at Niagara Falls, I must stop and watch the Falls for awhile – especially at this time of year, when the crowds aren’t as busy. On this visit I was able to get the closest to the railing that I have ever been, and took lots of pictures. You can never have too many pictures of something as breathtaking as Niagara Falls, right? But I’ll save those for another day.