It was the very last day of the annual Spring Festival in Canberra, and even though we had only been home for two days we simply had to go! So yesterday we set off shortly after 6am, met our Canberra family for brunch and some good old hanging out together …. then off to Floriade, where we would meet them later, when Thom played with the YoungMusicSociety Concert Band. Of course I took masses of photos, so I hope you are ready for spring colour!
First some close-ups above …. you can see many of the flowers have survived a month of notorious Canberra weather, freezing cold with strong winds one day, burning hot the next! We had hot sun, then storm clouds and cool winds all in one afternoon yesterday. Today the best flowers were all being picked as a gift for hospitals, then the rest of the gardens would be collected and saved or recycled for next year. The sheer size of the plantings is impressive. Each section is designed with the theme in mind … Floriade 2013’s overall design has been strongly influenced by the geometry of Canberra’s original plan by Walter Burley Griffin and the theme Beautiful Innovation.
There were people everywhere, stooping over to photograph flowers, photographing each other and themselves, some even sitting their little children in the flower beds to take their portraits. Ice Cream stalls were kept busy, the small carnival section added to the party atmosphere, diners tried their luck at the food outlets and the two big cafes, others shopped for floral umbrellas and various Floriade souvenirs. I will share a few other photos with you later, but today I want to concentrate on the flowers … the stars of the show!
Despite some spent blooms and a few crispy edges on the tulips the display was absolutely splendid!