Every year in early spring, Bendigo blooms into colour at the Conservatory Gardens and Rosalind park precinct. More than 5000 tulips are planted to form stunning displays of assorted colours and sizes.
Before we were struck with the pandemic, people came from all over, to visit Bendigo at this time. There would be curator talks during the displays and hints and tips were given on how to grow and care for tulips.
However, during these times of Covid-19, the parks and gardens are much quieter. This year, we were in lockdown when the tulips began to bloom, so it was mostly locals looking in awe at the tulips. There were no curator talks, making it for a much quieter time. Covid couldn’t take away from the colour and beauty of the tulips, so for a few weeks, in Bendigo we were able to forget the dramas we have been facing, as we wandered among the tulips.
Usually, when the tulips have finished flowering, the public are invited to the Tulip Dig. You would take your garden fork, and buy a paper bag, which you could fill with the tulips you had dug up. In the first few years, the Tulip Dig was quietly busy, but in recent years, it became more popular, with people queued for hours, to be able to dig up a bagful of tulips. Due to the Tulip Dig, tulips can be seen in colourful displays in household gardens around the city. In 2020, and again in 2021, the tulip dig isn’t being held, due to the pandemic.
The beautiful conservatory, which, other than when the tulips are flowering, is the focal point of the conservatory gardens. Built in 1897, it is the last conservatory built in a public park in Victoria.
During the changing seasons, different displays of flowers and foliage can be seen on display. When we had finished looking at the incredible tulips we popped in for a peek. The displays were mainly the usual huge background ferns, surrounded by cinerarias and tulips. It was beautifully colourful and peaceful.
I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of Bendigo Bloom.
Have you ever tried to grow tulips? If so, do you have any tips. Inspired by Bendigo Bloom, I’m now the owner of a number of beautiful tulips of mixed colours, and need all the tips I can get, as I know very little about growing them.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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