Every year at Araluen Botanic Park - a beautiful garden set in 50 acres of shaded valley at Roleystone, south of Perth - they have massed plantings of tulips. We visited today and the gardens were ablaze with beautiful blooms in orange, red, white, yellow, pink........a glorious pallet of colour.
Araluen was first established as a youth camp in 1929 by JJ Simons, who brought back plants from his overseas and interstate trips, Creeks running through the valley create a cool moist climate, making it an ideal site for Simon's dream garden. Simons called this valley "Araluen", an Eastern States aboriginal word meaning "singing waters", "running waters" or "place of lilies".
This year for the first time, I planted some tulip bulbs in my garden. I was advised to store the bulbs in the fridge to get them really cold before I planted them. (It is probably a "you live in a warm climate thing) They were really beautiful, and I will have to plant more next year!
And a little Haiku poetry I wrote in the middle of the night...........
dew drops on petals
glisten in the morning light
and tulips open
This beautiful bloom was snapped in the wind, so I used it to take some reflection shots.
A few years ago we visited Tasmania in October. Wynyard is the tulip growing area of Tasmania, and in October they have the Tulip Festival. I have never before seen colour as amazing as this.
Thankyou for looking everyone. I hope you have enjoyed this wander through the tulips. I treasure your comments, so I look forward to hearing from you.
This is my contribution to Mosaic Monday. To see the beautiful images created by Mary and other wonderful contributors, please go to the link - Mosaic Monday at Little Red House
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You might also enjoy - The Joy of Spring - and - Last Blooms of Autumn