October - Stopping to smell the roses!
We've been grabbing every opportunity to get out into the
spring sunshine and enjoy the beautiful gardens and parks we have in our
Yes it's windy and yes it's a little damp, but spring in Canberra really is
a wonderful treat. The city has come alive with colour, light and fun, and
the mild weather has given us all a chance to get out and about and enjoy
the sunshine. There's been a lot of work going on in our garden lately to
rid it of the winter weeds and prepare it for the harsh summer sun. And if
the lines of trailers and utes at the green waste is anything to go by,
everyone else is doing the same thing! Canberra gardens are really coming
alive with all the wonderful spring bulbs in full bloom, as we try to
create our very own little Floriade displays.
Floriade is of course in full swing now with thousands flocking to see
those beautiful bulbs. Our very own Amanda had her Floriade moment of glory
as part of the Passion for Fashion competition, which was held in the first
week of the flower festival. The competition was a chance for CIT Floristry
students to show off their new skills by building dresses out of flowers
and other botanical material. For Canberra's centenary year the students
had to design a dress which symbolised the national capital. Amanda's dress
represented the Canberra Bluebell and was a wonderful success, we were all
very proud of her great achievement.
If there just aren't enough tulips for you at Floriade, then you must take
a trip out to Tulip Top Gardens on the Old Federal Highway. We had a great
day out with the family tip toeing through the tulips at this lovely
property. They also have the most magnificent display of blossom trees, and
it's all hidden away in a gorgeous valley. It does have an admission fee,
so don't forget your wallet, and you get a free sausage sizzle!
Of course spring gives us more than just beautiful bulbs. An endless array
of native flowers are 'wowing' visitors to the Australian National Botanic
Gardens, including magnificent red waratahs and flowering grass trees.
During September the gardens also opened their research collection of
Australian native orchids, which flowered all at once this year - a rare
event! The Dendrobium speciosum, commonly known as the king orchid or
Sydney rock orchid, are cool temperate orchids which grow along the east
coast of Australian from the New South Wales/Victorian border to Cape York.
While the glasshouse was only open during September, you haven't completely
missed out! You can still see some king orchids along the edge of the road
which borders the rainforest as you walk into the gardens, just look for
the fronds of custard yellow, white and cream flowers.
While it doesn't sound like it, we have actually spent quite a lot of time
in the shop! It's full of spring flowers, gorgeous pink and peach
ranunculus are our absolute favourite at the moment. Our flower of the
month is something different, you certainly won't find it in a Canberra
garden, but we've got plenty in store. Molucca balm, also known as the
Bells of Ireland, is native to Turkey and Syria, and it represents luck. It
has small white flowers surrounded by green inverted bells running up the
stem. They're bright and striking and look fantastic in arrangements.
Enough of flowery excursions, time to get back to business, but not before
we congratulate ????, our September winner of our 'flowers for your
birthday' competition! ?? received a bunch of asters, the birth flower for
September. Until next month….