Tulips

Fabulous, Fabulous Floriade.

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 I stood in the centre of a kaleidoscope of colour and was overwhelmed by the beauty of millions of blooms. People swirled around me, but I just stood transfixed, to be here, to see and experience Floriade is a dream come true. I cannot find the words to describe the feeling of pure joy, all my senses taking in being in the moment, the sweet scent of spring blooms, the happy sound of the old organ playing in the background and the laughter and chatter of the families. The vivid blue sky, and the air as clear as crystal.

I owe this experience to my blogging friend Christine of “Dadiridreaming”, who many of you know. She introduced me to her family as they needed a house sitter in Canberra for three months, July to September. Sadly Christine passed away the week before we arrived here, but I thought of Christine as I wandered around this magnificent display and knew how much she loved it. It was through a comment I made on a post Christine did about Floriade last year that this connection started.

I am constantly amazed by the power of WordPress and how it connects people from all over the world.

 Floriade is also FREE, no entry fee. I first visited the weekend it opened and, though beautiful, the tulips had not all opened. It is on for 4 weeks, so yesterday we went for a second visit.

What a difference 10 days make, the tulips were at the peak of perfection.

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I tried to capture the beauty but photos can only show the colours, they cannot convey the three-dimensional effect of being immersed, surrounded and totally conscious of all that is going on around you.

There were other spring blooms among the tulips, swathes of pansies surrounded the borders. Daffodils and occasional iris. But the tulips were the heroes.

Every one seemed to be taking photos, using their phones, Ipads as well as cameras of all shapes and sizes.

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An old-fashioned, small fairground attracted the children.

A Ferris wheel will give you a birds eye view.

A Ferris wheel will give you a bird’s eye view.

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Do you remember these old favourites? They are still popular.

Do you remember these old favourites? They are still popular.

The music from this lovely old organ brought back memories.

The music from this lovely old organ brought back memories.

Scattered around the grounds were sculptures and art works.

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This is an interesting interpretation of a dandelion thistle. Jack recently did an interesting post about the dandelion, pop over and see it.

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These cheery little fellows reminded me of “Gnomesville” that very unusual place in Western Australia were we found the huge gathering of gnomes.

What a beautiful place for a picnic

What a beautiful place for a picnic

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I think he is an artist. Lots to inspire your artistic talents here.

I have over 300 photos taken over 2 days so I will not forget this visit. It is classed as Australia’s biggest spring festival and it is a credit to the parks staff that created this spring wonderland on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin.

In the back-ground the spectacular spout of the Captain James Cook fountain rises 147 metres from the centre of Lake Burley Griffin.

To cap this wonderful day off we went into the information hub to take part in a wine and cheese tasting.

Cheers!!!!

Cheers!!!!

Canberra is quite often the place that tourists ignore when they make their to visit list, but there is so much to see and do here, much of it is free. We have been here 3 months and enjoyed our stay. Even the weather is underrated as, though the winter temperatures are low the days are, mostly, crisp and clear. 

We have one more week in Canberra then it is back home to the Goldcoast.

Categories: Australia, Canberra, Floriade, photos, Tulips | Tags: , , , | 42 Comments

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.

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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.

Categories: Australia, garden, New South Wales, photos, Tulip Top Garden, Tulips | Tags: , , , , | 31 Comments

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