Thursday, February 7, 2013

My visit to Greenland Garden Center

Hello every one, I went to Greenland Garden Center here in Edmonton Alberta Canada. On the 3rd of February the garden center had a grand opening of their Garden Display for the winter of 2013. I got to the center and what did I see but the center cat in the middle of the driveway. It was in my way to get to the parking spot. This little guy would not move, she new that she owned the place, so she made me go around her. So I did get around the cat and parked. As I got out got my camera and was getting near the door, the cat decided it wanted to go back into the greenhouse, as soon as the cat got to the door someone opened it, I thought how good can life get for this cat. Well as soon as I got to the door the cat was no where to be seen. So I went in and headed to the Coffee bar and had Apple strudel and a nice large coffee, sat down and enjoyed it very much. I looked around and took my coat off got myself comfortable and enjoyed the display.

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I took a few photos so I could show you this panorama so I can give you an idea of what I was looking at. It was beautiful to just sit there and relax have a coffee and some apple strudel and enjoy the green and the fish. Some of the fish where about the size just right for the frying pan. Oh well, just dreaming. So when I finished my coffee I started taking some photos.

 Stream painting copy  Waterfall

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           Rock and Waterfall copy

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Well this was my visit to the Garden Center today. I was there for a couple of hours or so, the light was getting a little darker outside so I decided to go before it got to dark. I hope you enjoyed my visit as much as I did. I’m going back in about a month to see how it has changed (got greener) and take a few more photos.

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  1. I love the tones in these pictures. A good day out.

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    1. It was a good day out, and I didn't adjust the color either. Adrian, you have a great day and weekend.

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  2. that certainly sounds like a nice outing Horst. It's nice to indulge in caffeine and cake and soak up the surrounds and watch the world go by. The photographs are lovely. Your header too is lovely; is it your art-work with brush and watercolours maybe?

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    1. Hi Carole, no the header is a photograph that I made look like a painting. Thanks for the compliment.

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  3. the outing sounds like a lot of fun. I love the photos, beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Beth, The lady at the coffee bar recognized me from the last 2 times I was there to take photos. I had a great time, and lots of nice people to talk to.

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  4. Now that is how a plant centre should be, full of plants, and, most importantly, a coffee shop! They don't have coffee shops attached to garden centres here in France but they do in the UK, and I really miss them. Used to be my bolt hole when things were getting me down. A cup of milky coffee and huge slice of cake, followed by an amble amongst the plants. Bliss!
    Lovely photos, as always.

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    1. Thanks Vera, I take my coffee black no sugar.;-)

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  5. That sounds like a lovely outing Horst just my kind of thing ... I love just sitting relaxing over a coffee and taking it all in.
    The view you had was simply amazing lovely. So glad you shared it with us today.
    Enjoy your Week
    Sheila :)

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  6. Lovely, coffee, cake, a resident cat, beautiful plants and settings, I would go back too. Waiting to see if there are any changes next time. Greetings from Jean

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    1. I'll be sure to post the next visit to the garden center. Have a great Day Jean.

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  7. That place is gorgeous, wish I could have visited it with you. Diane

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    1. Diane, If your ever down my way in Feb. or March, I'll be happy to take you there for a coffee.

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  8. Horst, you enjoyed your visit to a garden center very well. Over coffee and strudel. This is a nice place. I also like to watch these gardens. Well it soothes. Nice photos as always. Many greetings for you. Enjoy the weekend! Peter.

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    1. Thanks Peter, I will enjoy the weekend, and you as well.

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  9. Horst I didn't realize the garden center was even open this time of year. Your photos are beautiful and what a welcomed site to see greenery... I just might have to come with you one of your trips out to the green house! We can shoot til our hearts content.

    Have a wonderful evening, see you soon!

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  10. Oh, Horst you went to a beautiful garden. I wasn't for a long time anywhere. I wish we would have places like this one in my area. I am so tired of winter and I enjoyed very much your photographs. They are beautiful.

    You had a great time and I am happy for you Horst.

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  11. Hi Kaya, it won't be long before you will have spring where you live, You are way south of where I live and We will have spring in 2 to 3 months. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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  12. what a wonderful place! Gorgeous photographs!

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  13. Very nice place there and you have made lovely photo's Horst.

    Greeting from Holland, Joop

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  14. what a wonderful place to walk and sit and take photos and have tea and strudel! Thanks for taking us there.
    And thank you so much for visiting my blog today and for your comments. I really do appreciate your support - as I said it is my dream to be a commercial photographer. Who knows where life will take me. Thank you Horst.
    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Your photos are wonderful and you have a great eye for taking the types of photos like a commercial photographer would. What you should try is taking some schooling in commercial photography, like at a technical school. A school that has technical training programs like our NAIT technical school here in Edmonton Canada. You have a wonderful week as well.

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  15. Lovely place my dear friend for you, because you are a great photographer!!!
    I hope to be very good!
    A hug

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  16. Hola Horst, como siempre un bonito trabajo, me encantan. Un abrazo

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  17. Hi there Horst, managed to obey the urge to visiting my blog-friends, and what a delightful surprise in yours, I loved the pictures and the tale of the cat, LOL they're not stupid are they! the flower below the little waterfall...I have a houseplant of that, my grand daughter presented it to me on Mothering Sunday, and it is doing well sitting beside my television. Apple Strudel, mmmmmmm love it. Let me know next time you're going and I'll tag along.
    Enjoy what's left of your week. X

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    1. Thanks Arlene, would love to have you tag along. Not sure if you could afford the trip to Edmonton, here in Canada though. We are along way apart in mileage. ;-)

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    2. I think my blogging friend Darlin that lives here in Edmonton, wants to come along as she is learning how to use the manual features of her camera, in other words she wants to be a real photographer rather than a point and shoot photographer that knows nothing about the setting on her camera.

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  18. Garden centres are lovely places to visit aren't they? I haven't been to one for a while, maybe I will when the garden starts to wake up a bit! As always I love your photos, and good for Darlin, I have started an online photographic course to learn the same things as she wants to. Its going very slowly, there is so much to learn. Take care :)

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    1. Hi Poppy, yes there a large amount of information to take in, It may take years for you to understand why, but if you stay with it you will be well rewarded.

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    2. Stay away from the spectral highlights. ;-)

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  19. Okay, back to the Amaryllis topic for a moment, if you would , please ... mine has green leaves only as the flower decided to die before even opening ... it just went "plopp" one day, Horst ... I water the plant from the bottom every second day, and it has it's home in my sunny south window ... now what ... will it sprout another flower ... or am I continuing to kill it slowly but surely? Help!

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    1. Hi Cat, you should only water once a week, let the soil dry out in between waterings. Also you should water from the top, not the bottom, as you will have a build up of mineral salts that will slowly kill the plant. If you water from the top, this will flush out the mineral salts out the bottom. Take the potted plant to the bath tub and give it a good long watering to flush out the mineral salts, then water it once a week and get the plant near the window to give it lots of light, another reason it may have aborted the flower.

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    2. The flower will come again next year if you don't kill it first. It has to gain some energy, so put the plant out doors in late spring as long as there is no frost. You can even transplant it into the garden but you must lift the bulb before the frost in fall. I put mine out each spring/summer.

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  20. just beautiful. when i lived in the city they had a big garden center like that - you could enjoy a little taste of summer in their green house even in winter. lovely!

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    1. Thanks OFG. We have about 3 or 4 garden centers that are open year round here in Edmonton. It is so nice to have a coffee and snack, and enjoy the green and the flowers that bloom at this time of year. Here the winters are very long.

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  21. At first I thought you have been to Greenland! :)) Very nice place anyway and so lovely with the floating water :)

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    1. Hi Susanne, no not Greenland the country, Greenland gardens the greenhouse. I had to laugh at your note.

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  22. It's always a pleasure to visit garden centers and especially nice to view your wonderful photographs. How nice that there is a place you can purchase coffee and pastries. It looks like a perfect area to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Lovely photographs, Horst!

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  23. I love going to arboretums,garden centers and all of those "green" indoor places. So awesome! If I didn't know better I'd swear you took those pictures outside. Waterfalls are the best! You are such a good picture taker! You make it look easy. I haven't visited in awhile and I feel all cool and green like I'm sitting there with ya. Lovely as usual my friend.

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    1. Thanks Bekkie, it is a beautiful place to visit. I will be going again sometime this week.

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  24. What a great place to take photos. As always love your enhancements of the creek scenes. Sounds like it was a perfect day.

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