Floriade is Canberra’s biggest celebration of spring.
It takes most of the year for the ACT gardeners to prepare for Floriade, and the results are always wonderful.
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.
Copyright Geraldine Mackey: All Rights Reserved.
24 Replies to “Floriade, early morning spring flowers, cockatoos caught in action.”
That looks like a large complicated pleasure, what a wonderful display of beautiful flowers in all those colours, thanks for sharing.
Yes, Floriade must be a huge undertaking every year.
Wowsah! What an event. Those pesky cockatoos made me smile, even though I probably wouldn’t be smiling as much if they were nipping tulips from my garden. 😉 I especially loved the wave of purple pansies running through the tulips. Enjoy beautiful Spring. In Maine, she is ever so fleeting.
Yes it is a big event here and the colours and blossoms are welcome after winter.
So breathtakingly beautiful, Gerrie. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia … I often wonder if the photos do the flowers justice… but it seems so..
You did a great job at capturing their beauty.
I just know this post was just for me – fields of tulips, amazing murals, handsome birds, and that night shot just made me smile. 🙂 This must be an absolutely wonderful event. I went to Instagram and looked at quite a few photos, and they are all gorgeous. Thank you for sharing because my pulse quickened in such a good way.
Thanks Judy … I can imagine you organising an event like this! Boundless energy needed!
I love big masses of Tulips. Seeng the Cockatoos eating the buds would have made my blood boil, though!
Yes I felt annoyed at such obvious wonton destruction!
The picture of the black swans and their signets is stunning! Goodness, the tulips are simply breathtaking. I’m laughing out loud at the cockatoo’s eating them. THOSE BIRDS! How I love them! Lovely post.xxx
Thanks Dina… I think you’re a softy for those cockatoos!
I love all the photos of the floral displays, Gerrie! What a pleasurable event the Floriade must be and such hard work for the organisers and gardeners. The cockatoos are very clever birds but I would be so upset if they did that to my flower displays! I find tulips absolutely stunning but have such difficulty growing them due to my home-grown pests!
I love tulips too and I would be furious if I saw a cockatoo snapping off stems of my precious flowers for no reason!
How much nicer to see it without the crowds I imagine
Seeing Floriade without crowds was the best part about that day!
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So much beautiful flower photos – amazing. Thank you.
Have a good day!
Thank you for visiting my blog from Finland, so far away!
Those expanses of tulips are just stunning. But imagine planting all those bulbs!
I agree! And digging them up every year. They do have a lot of volunteers.