The Breathtaking Beauty of Spring

Today I entered a wonderland of spring beauty. I was mesmerised by the stunning beauty of Tulip Tops garden. The glorious sight of beautiful beds of tulips, pansies and daffodils surrounded and enhanced by the delicate blossoms of 1000 trees in all shades of pink and white and the delicate green, swaying branches of the weeping willows.

Classical and gentle instrumental music drifted through the air accompanied by the sweet song of the birds. As I slowly walked through this magic place and passed by a small stream and waterfall I heard a chorus of frogs joining the symphony of sounds.

I tried to capture this unique and tranquil paradise to share with my blogging friends. These are just a few of the almost 200 photos I took.  

So many shades of pink and white blossom trees

So many shades of pink and white blossom trees

Some of the trees had pink and white blossom all on the same tree

Some of the trees had pink and white blossom all on the same tree

So delicate and dainty

So delicate and dainty

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The tulips are the heroes

The tulips are the heroes

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Jack also took almost 200 photos

So many different coloured blooms

So many different coloured blooms

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A gentle stream flowed through the garden

A gentle stream flowed through the garden

A waterfall flows over an embankment and a chorus of frogs sing along with the sound of the water

A waterfall flows over an embankment and a chorus of frogs sing along with the sound of the water

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Every where the cheerful faces of the pansies smile up at me

Every where the cheerful faces of the pansies smile up at me

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A bed of pansies line the walkway up the hill to the look-out point.

A bed of pansies line the walkway up the hill to the look-out point.

At the top is the stunning view across the Hidden Valley

At the top is the stunning view across the Hidden Valley

A magnificent blend of colours.

A magnificent blend of colours.

Some are still waiting to open and show us their beauty.

Some are still waiting to open and show us their beauty.

These gardens are breathtaking.

These gardens are breathtaking.

Pat and Bill Rhodin

Pat and Bill Rhodin

The most amazing fact about this glorious garden is that it is a private garden and is totally created and cared for by an energetic couple, Pat and Bill Rhodin, and Bill also has a full-time job.

Just imagine the work-load. 10 acres of garden. Half a million bulbs and flowers planted by hand every year. All the annuals are bought as small seedlings then grown on in punnets till large enough to plant. I never saw one weed, the lawns were immaculate and the plants so healthy they glowed and obviously were cared for with love.

The garden was established in 1997 and is open from September 13th to October 12th. Entrance for seniors and children is $13 and for adults $14. That includes free tea and coffee and a free sausage sandwich.

I have seen many interesting places and things in Canberra but this is a highlight and I still have to see Floriade.

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31 thoughts on “The Breathtaking Beauty of Spring

  1. I didn’t realise it was a private garden. An amazing effort on their part to maintain this.

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  2. Thank you again. May I ask which camera you use. The photos are amazing. I have a cannon but rely on the automatic settings. Do you get into using manual settings to get these beautiful photos. I too miss the seasons, but we do get a hint of each up here in the mountains. It is still cool this year and the ground is slowly warming. Spring is coming a little late.

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    • Thanks for the compliment Marilyn. I use a Cannon Powershot SX 40. It isn’t an SLR but has a 35mm zoom and quite a lot of controls. I do use some of them.

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  3. Spring has come to you! Wonderful pictures – all of them! They brighten my day and make me soar! Number five from top is my favourite.

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  4. Wow, how absolutely beautiful, especially as here in Austria we’re heading into autumn!

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  5. What beautiful photos – I can understand why you took so many. Spring is certainly one of the prettiest seasons wherever in the world we are 🙂

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  6. Gorgeous ~ thank you!

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  7. I miss the wonder of spring. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

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  8. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tour…

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  9. Well it goes without saying how much I enjoyed this tour. What lovely blossom! It lasts such a short time that it is always so magical to be there at the right time. I’d have taken hundreds of photos too, but thankfully you did it for me this time 🙂 Another of Canberra’s surprises.

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    • I am constantly surprised at how much there is to do in Canberra. My main reason for doing this house sit was to be here and experience spring. I am not disappointed.

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  10. Our exquisite world beautifully captured Pauline. Makes me happy~

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  11. I just couldn’t believe these pictures were taken in Australia !!!! I thought they were taken in Holland Lovely pictures !!!

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    • Canberra is a real hidden gem down under.

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      • I know Australia is beautiful everywhere but I thought it would be too hot for tulips and other bulbs we grow in Northern Europe, I envy you so much !!! Summer is over and it has been Autumn for a few weeks now, I am really not an Autumn person !!! Enjoy your Spring !

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        • Australia is amazing in it’s diversity Gwennie. It is too hot and humid in my area of Australia, tropical Queensland, but in the southern states they have 4 seasons and it gets quite cold, even have snow on the mountains.

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  12. Jodie

    Wow, just gorgeous! It’s my dream to do what Pat and Bill Rhodin have done. What an inspiration.

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  13. Beautiful… How I just Looooove Spring Blooms.. Here Summer is closing and today the mists roll in with drizzle, more like Nov today…. Enjoy Spring Pauline.. fantastic.. xxx Sue

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  14. Fantastic flowers,bonza blooms and wonderful weather, we could not ask for more.

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