Tulip Teaser (the final post)

A small portion of the 90,000 tulips on display during Tulip Time in Bowral

Yesterday I went to Bowral, a town about 120km southwest of Sydney, to see the spring tulips. Bowral is higher above sea level than Sydney, some 690 metres, so it’s colder and more suited to growing tulips. Each spring Bowral hosts Tulip Time, a dazzling display of 90,000 tulips planted in Corbett Gardens. It’s as well tulips have no scent, or the smell would be overpowering!

This will be my last post on Flowers by Kaz. I don’t really take enough — or post enough — photos of gardens and flowers to warrant a dedicated blog. The rest of the Bowral tulip photos will be on my Pics by Kaz blog. It’s an unfocused mish-mash of whatever photos take my fancy, including flowers and gardens. I hope that those of you who follow only my flower blog will join me on my general blog, too.

Thanks to you all for your follows and likes and comments!


More ginger

Red ginger, Summit Gardens, Vanuatu

Red ginger, Summit Gardens, Vanuatu

Prompted by the enthusiasm with which people greeted my post on Red Spiral Ginger, I had a trawl through my archives and discovered quite a few other photos of ornamental ginger. I’ve also learned that there are more varieties than I’d imagined!

Red Ginger comes in shades from red to pale pink.

Pale pink ‘red’ ginger in Vanuatu.

Huge clumps of hot pink ‘red’ ginger in the botanic gardens at Hilo, Hawaii.

A red ginger contrasted with a white hibiscus, Fiji.

This is Beehive Ginger.

Beehive ginger, Hilo, Hawaii

This variety is known as Bottlebrush Ginger. The photos were taken while walking in Volcano National Park, Hawaii.

Bottlebrush Ginger

Bottlebrush Ginger

A clump of the Bottlebrush Ginger.

And this one is Shell Ginger, a very different flower!

shell ginger


Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

That’s the London Eye in the backround, and beyond it the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in scaffolding.

Atop the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre, London) you’ll find a garden. A few months ago I posted this bee photo and said I’d follow up with a post about the garden itself.

A moment too late to capture this bee on the flower!

The trees and other plantings provide a pleasant spot to relax for a while.

Bubbly is optional. 😉