Last week we headed off to Tulip Top Gardens to complete our pilgrimages to celebrate Spring.
Tulip Top Gardens are a little way out of town (and in the next state) and they are open each year at the same time as Floriade.
Both are celebrations of spring. Both feature tulips by the hundreds. Both are in spectacular locations. And they couldn't be more different.
Floriade is free to enter, and is becoming increasingly commercial in nature.
Tulip Tops charges $15 admittance to people over 16 (seniors get a discount of a dollar). Included in that fee are unlimited cups of tea and coffee and for those who would like it a sausage sandwich (the skinny one had mine as well).
Floriade is a government initiative.
Tulip Top Gardens are the work of a single family - who put over a million bulbs in the ground each year by hand.
I go to both of them each year, but Tulip Top Gardens is first in my heart. Like Floriade, when we went a lot of things were yet to bloom. Just the same it was beyond beautiful.
Many, many, many photos follow. And there are more which I won't inflict on you. Yet.
Walking down the path to the gardens.
Looking straight ahead.
Now come wander with me to the waterfall. Classical music is playing from the trees. There are frogs in the water way. The air is perfumed. Birds are singing, and I came across one gentleman who was saying, wow, wow, wow. And I wouldn't argue with him.
|Love those pansy patterns..|
To the glorious forsythia avenue, with an underplanting of pansies and violas.
Blossom trees (there are over 1000) and the walk to the lookout which I wonder each year whether I will be able to manage.
The reason I do that walk.
And just a few more shots from the ground again.
I liked those quirky flowers. They are made of corrugated iron, and similar ones can be commissioned and purchased.
How clever that the underplanting of violas went right around the base of the tree.
Do you wonder that I love it?