Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A trip to the Capital

We've just had a long weekend. A time which tradition has long dictated that all able bodied persons from inland locations should flock to the seaside to spend goodly sums of money supporting regional economies.  Well, we decided to return the favour and spend a part of our weekend in our nation's capital, Canberra.  There were two main reasons - the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the annual flower festival known as Floriade (billed as the biggest flower festival in Australia).

I'm not usually a big fan of flowers.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-flowers.  I like them, but I've never gardened with flowers in mind - other than for their bird and insect attracting features.  Even so, I could still appreciate the beauty of the displays. I had lots of photos from the trip - I've imposed a quota to keep the post small(ish).
Tulip beds
Another tulip bed
A tulip
Botanic Gardens:
The Botanic Gardens are a little more my taste.  They're a place you can always find a little pocket of tranquility - even though you're quite close to the city.  Again, I've imposed a photo quota - only three allowed.
Brittle Gums in the Proteaceae section
Rainforest walk
Rock garden
We weren't the only ones enjoying the sun


  1. I've always wanted to visit Floriade ... so thank you for a little glimpse of what was on display. Like you, however, I think I would probably prefer the Botanic Gardens ... love the Rainforest Walk! Sounds like you had a very enjoyable long weekend ... no long weekend for the northeners though!

  2. That's quite some place; nice to see someone on this damp planet is getting sunshine!

  3. Sorry to hear you didn't benefit from the long weekend, Bernie. It was a nice way to spend a spring day.

    Hi IG, you shouldn't complain - after all that jet-setting around Europe surely you must've picked up a bit of sun (and haven't you just finished summer?)

  4. Wow! Those tulips are spectacular. I can only imagine what they might look like if I was there- Such energy!