Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Selections #190

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.   This week I am going back to Floriade not for the plants but for whimsy and fun.  And there were elements of both.

These chickens are for Linda from Practical Parsimony.  They were very happy at Floriade and were making contented chooky noises - which I loved.

Photographic fun...

I think this is a stylised tulip.  I liked it anyway.

There are snails in every garden, and Foriade was no exception.

Dinosaurs too...

 And then to some balloons hanging from trees which I thought were enchanting.  Some looked like flowers, others like jelly-fish, and yet others like celestial beings.  They were tucked down an avenue of trees a bit out of the way.  I don't know what they signified, but they made me smile anyway.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Floriade 2014

Floriade is my city's celebration of Spring.  It runs for thirty days, starting in mid September, and is an explosion of colour and scent.  It is now in its twenty-seventh year, and I hope it continues for a loooong time to come.

It is held in the centre of the city, by the lake.  This year's Floriade started on Saturday and the smaller portion and I went down (avoiding the weekend crowds) on Monday for our annual pilgrimmage.

The festival is free to enter, though there are lots and lots and lots of ways to spend money while you are there.  Restaurants, cafes, stalls selling jewellery, chutneys, nuts, kites, fudge, soap, pearls, silk...  There are even some which sell things for the garden.  There is music, and other entertainment.  There are displays by florists and cooks.  Perhaps not something for everyone, but certainly something for a lot of people.

Even the walk to Floriade from our habitual parking spot is pretty.  In my usual restrained fashion rather a lot of photos follow...

And then to Floriade itself.  It is a constant juggle every year to get things to bloom 'on time'.  So far this year?  Not a lot is in full bloom - except lots and lots of pansies.  Some of the tulips are out, some of the poppies.  A few daffodils.  I didn't see any iris out yet.  Some hyacinth.  Lots and lots of beds using parsley as an accent.

There are designs and patterns incorporated into the flower beds.  In years gone by, you could see them from viewing ramps.  For the last few years the only way to see the full picture has been to ride the ferris wheel.  Not possible for everyone - and not free.

I suspect it is a way of recouping some of the expense, but I don't approve.  Just the same we did ride it, and loved some of the images revealed.  You might need to click and embiggen to get the full impact.

It wasn't the only cost cutting measure we saw this year.  There were a lot less tulips, daffodils and spring bulbs more generally.  The pansies and violas made up the bulk of the plantings, rather than being a backdrop or accent.  Despite the undeniable beauty in some ways I was disappointed, and I don't think I will go back again this year.  Next year?  Need you ask?  Of course.

There was also plenty of quirky fun, which I will save for this week's Sunday Selections. 

A few more shots.

As is usual, I stopped off and bought a handful of fridge magnets which I am happy to send to anyone who would like one.  Let me know via email or in comments.

And some more beauty on the way out.

Next week Tulip Tops for more Spring delight.