Floriade is Canberra’s biggest celebration of spring.
In September Commonwealth Park is ablaze with over one million blooms.
There are horticultural workshops, market traders, entertainment, food and wine, and an ever expanding program of music. Most children who have been brought up in Canberra, have, at some time in their school life, played or performed in a concert at Floriade.
There is also a nightfest, which is very popular, generally, but especially for photographers; Instagram just explodes with amazing photos at this time.
Every year there is a different theme, this year is World in Bloom.
Somehow these magnificent gardeners, manage to make patterns and pictures out of the beds of flowers. The best way to look at the patterns is from the Ferris Wheel, of course.
Considering the festival runs for one month, I am always amazed at the rounds of tulips, daffodils, poppies, pansies and many other flowers that all seem to flower…more or less on time!
These gorgeous white tulips were just too much for one contrary cockatoo….. I noticed him
walking along the brick wall, lopping the stems of the white tulips as he went.
Unfortunately I didn’t catch him on camera, as he flew away…
leaving a couple of younger cockatoos who were enthusiastically learning from the boss. They were enjoying the smaller deep purple tulips. (tulips seemed to be loved by birds and all kinds of small annoying critters world wide)
Poor tulips, blooming so beautifully one minute, and limp and dried out the next…
When I checked on the problems of planting for Floriade (website ‘About Regional’) I wasn’t surprised to read that cockatoos were some of the worst offenders….coupled with hares and feral cats.
The annuals can be affected by early frosts, and need netted beds to keep away the water hens who pluck the young plants out of the ground.
The never-ending battles that face most gardeners at some time during the year.
I always admire murals….. imagine how long it must take to get everything in proportion!
The Heart Foundation funds an early morning walk for anyone to join, and we did join them this year. It was sheer bliss to be able to see Floriade in the early morning, and before all the crowds arrived. All they asked was a gold coin donation.
I hope you are enjoying your spring or autumn where ever you are in the world, and are finding some time to enjoy the small simple pleasures.
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