From the minute the park is open at the beginning of May, till it closes again at the end of October, I spend a great deal of time at our Botanical Gardens. The 6 hectares site—the Jardin Botanique Roger van den Hende—are located at the University Laval, and provide a wide variety of mini habitats and flower gardens, along with a variety of shrubs and trees. It’s where I get most of my best flower shots because of the constant range of flowers throughout the growing season. Even though we are spoilt here, in the city, with plenty of parks, this one is my favourite. Today’s parade of petals comes courtesy of these gardens. Lots of colourful, yellows, purples and pinks, with the odd splash of red. Enjoy!
Yes, more flowers today, the last of the peonies. Most of them dying off or are dead, but a few still lingering in this humid weather. I love these flowers for their sheer variety of colour, and the fragility of their petals. Like poppies, they seem so delicate and ephemeral. Yet, the truth is, they’re quite hardy and long lasting. That’s the whites, creams and lemon … now the blush pinks, and soft peach colours. Long live the peony, my all-time favourite flower. And what’s yours?
As I mention in my post about the Viking ship, we’ve had a lot of visitors to our port over the years. The Spanish came with this magnificent replica galleon—the Andalucía— a few years back, and allowed visitors aboard. Sad to say, the numbers were limited to go onboard to visit the actual ship, and they were only here for a few days before heading to Montreal and then, Boston and further south. I never managed to get onto the ship itself. The queues were huge, they say at least 10k to 15k queued over the 2 day period. And why not, what a chance of a lifetime. Anyway, I did get up close in personal from the quayside and was just as happy to have seen this magnificent ship.