Floral Design at Toronto Botanical Garden

I signed up for Classic Design Fundamentals One class at Toronto Botanical Garden this month. There are 4 classes, every Monday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and each class you’ll learn one design. So here we go:

Class 1: Traditional mass design – table centrepiece

The class does not include any material, so I had to shop for the plants/flowers before the class. I had to admit, it was hard the first time, because I have no idea what I would be creating, which flowers would be easier to work with. Anyways, it turned out not bad at all. The instructor said colors worked well together.

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Cabbagetown Private Garden Tour

The past Sunday, I joined Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces Tour of Cabbagetown in Toronto. It was ashamed that I’ve never visited this neighbourhood before even though I’ve been living in Toronto for 15+ years. It was a very nice day out visiting some beautiful and lovely private gardens. I am sure this won’t be the last time I visit it.

First up, container gardening, vegetables in containers, totally my cup of tea:

BEAUTIFUL purple double clematis, it was stunning, I’ve been trying to have one of these in my garden:

Seems so effortless, yet very thoughtful:

Quiet zen water garden, my favourite too:

A small collection of succulents:

Vertical wall garden, the container bags are actually made of felt fabric:

Formal garden for a corner house:

Informal garden for the same house, a group of people were playing “Take Five”:

And finally, a rooftop garden:

What I’ve learned from the tour is that gardening takes TIME and PATIENCE, a lot of patience. Some of the owners showed us the picture of the same garden 10 years ago, and how they slowly built it. My garden has a long way to go…

多伦多Ice Storm 2013

圣诞节前一星期, 多伦多遭遇了有史以来最严重的一次冰暴. 几十万家停电, 幸运的是我和爸妈家都没有停电. 真得很感恩! 其实有时候让你快乐的东西可以那么简单.
第一晚, 下了几毫米的冰雨:
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第二晚, 下了两厘米的冰雨:
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然后我的停车道就杯具了, 整个一个免费溜冰场:
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冰雨后的第三天, 在很多红绿灯都不工作, 十字路口的车辆都按照先到先走的次序的情况下, 我以时速5公里开到公司上班; 公司门口的草木, 还有玻璃走廊:
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后来几天, 太阳出来了, 但是气温还是很低, 树枝上的冰依旧挂着:
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古董家具

自从自己买了房子后,就在陆陆续续的看家具/买家具,不得不说,这个过程真的是急不出来的。 当然,如果价钱不是一个问题的话,其他问题会简单很多。 家具有很多种式样: 现代的,古典的,过渡的(古典的来又掺杂了现代元素)。 上室内设计课之前,古典式家具从来都不是我喜欢的式样,觉得它们那些花饰繁重,给我很沉重的感觉。 我还是比较喜欢线条简洁设计清爽的家具,颜色不需要太复杂。 室内设计课里有一节课讲家具历史,从古代罗马/希腊,16世纪法国/英国文艺复兴时期,到18世纪新艺术主义, 每个时代家具的特点。 照片里看已经觉得很不错,老师还安排我们去参观了一家专门卖古董家具的店:Carrocel Restorations。 这家家具店离我公司很近,就在万锦区,他们主要经营将古董家具打磨,油漆,上光,修补加翻新。 店主带我们参观了店后的工作间,一件一件家具在翻新过程的不同阶段中等待工人们的耐心和技术,有很多甚至因为火灾照成了损坏。 参观完这家家具店后,让我对古董式家具刮目相看,虽然觉得这种式样放在我家里实在不搭, 但是开始学会欣赏它们。 那些做工,细节,连抽屉和柜子里面都做得非常精致, 每个橱柜的开关都是现在的家具不可比拟的. 店主还对现在中国生产的家具好好调侃了一番, 不过他也承认现在中国的生产技术越来越有进步了, 哈哈。 下面连接了几张这家店的作品, 如果您有兴趣的话, 不要忘记去逛逛, 他们的价钱肯定比市中心便宜!