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One of the most breathtaking experiences that I have had was visiting The Butchart Gardens in the Springtime. The grounds were immaculate and the flowers planted by gardeners experienced with presenting true beauty.  2016 was my first year with a Butchart Gardens membership and it was the first time that I visited in the Spring. With Spring of 2017 delayed on the West Coast, and while I recover from a little operation, I wanted to finally publish this post. Please join me as I look back to my visits from last Spring to The Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens are located in Brentwood Bay near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and are a 1.5 hour ferry sail and short drive from Vancouver. The gardens were established by Robert and Jennie Butchart and have been in existence for over 110 years. The Butchart family owned a quarry on the grounds and when the limestone was exhausted, they embarked on turning the site into what is now known as the Sunken Garden. The Japanese Garden predated the Sunken Garden and over the years, much of their property was turned into various gardens under the guidance of Jennie Butchart. The gardens were named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and currently have about one million yearly visitors from all over the World.

This is a long post but I could have easily added another 30 photos. Let’s get started. What do you think of this scene from the Italian Garden? We’ll get there very soon.

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As we wait through an extended Winter on the West Coast of Canada, I wanted to finally publish a post from last Spring’s Abbotsford Tulip Festival. The festival is located about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, just off of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Fraser Valley. 2016 was its inaugural season and the organizers and gardeners did a brilliant job with densely planted fields of many varieties of tulips. It rained on two of the three occasions that I visited but I didn’t mind. The tulips were beautiful and lush. I love taking photos of flowers with natural raindrops which is the theme here. Please join me on Tulips in the Rain at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

I don’t have the names for all the varieties of tulips but if you know of any that I missed, please leave a comment below.

I believe this pretty one is Miss Elegance.

tulip pink Abbotsford Festival

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Tulips in the Rain

March 10, 2016 — 2 Comments
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Last Spring, I did something I never had before. I purposely went out in the rain to take photos of tulips. Please enjoy this collection taken in parks and gardens around Vancouver, Canada. This is Tulips in the Rain, and sometimes, after the rain.

 

I loved this double tulip with forget-me-nots… from the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tulips rain forget me not Queen Elizabeth park

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With a climate perfect for growing tulips, every Spring, the Skagit Valley of Washington State, U.S.A. is home to one of the most popular tulip festivals in the World. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place between April 1st and 30th, and a can’t-miss attraction is RoozenGaarde. Well-known for growing tulips and other flowers, RoozenGaarde opens its gardens and fields during the festival with a breathtaking display of beauty. I had heard so much about RoozenGaarde and couldn’t wait to visit on what turned out to be a beautiful Spring day.

I would advise to plan ahead before visiting. In addition to the weather, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with the set date for the festival. Please check the current blooming conditions so that you’re not too early or late. Also note that sunny days, especially on the weekends, can be extremely busy. Now, let’s visit the gardens…

With scenes like this, it is no wonder that RoozenGaarde welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every Spring. Let’s take a closer look…

tulips bright RoozenGaarde Skagit Valley

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This past week started off with my awareness that my name was mentioned in an online article in The Toronto Star. It wasn’t for something I did as a writer or blogger specifically, but for a tweet I made congratulating Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. It was nice to be mentioned anyway and you can see the article here: Proud Canadians tweet messages of support to new PM.

I also had a birthday and attended a touching Remembrance Day service in New Westminster, Canada. However, the week finished badly with the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th and Beirut the day before that left many of us saddened and in shock. Those events, especially Paris, have been covered in depth online, and will for the foreseeable future, so I won’t discuss them here. I really don’t have much to add except that I wish these attacks would stop, and peace would prevail in the World. I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon so I’ll try to brighten moods a bit with my photos of the week posted to social media.

A whole lot of Spring colour…
I thought this garden with the tulips, fence, and trees was beautiful!
From Roozengaarde Display Garden, Washington State, U.S.A. during the 2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

RoozenGaarde Garden Tulips Skagit Valley Festival Washington

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Whether you’re planning a trip for business or pleasure, Amadeus.net wants you to be inspired and for you to inspire others. They are reimagining the way you plan for a trip. If you don’t know, Amadeus builds the software behind many of the World’s largest travel booking websites. Now, they have an interface for you, that is simple, useful, and fun!

Let’s get started! 🙂

Go to Amadeus.net and click on “sign up” at the top. Add your email and a password, and “sign up.” I would add some information about yourself by hovering the cursor over your user name and clicking on “My profile.” Once you add your name, your user name will change. You can even add your photo.

Let’s create a plan for your next journey. This is the fun part! Go to the plan creation page. You can also find it by clicking on “Trip tools” and then “Create your own plan.” First, name your plan. My plan is called “Springtime in London” because I enjoyed my stay before my first walk on the Camino de Santiago so much. I can’t wait to return!

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