Liquid Sunshine

The 24th of May

Is the Queen’s birthday,

And if we don’t get a holiday,

We’ll all run away!

(A little rhyme from my grandfather’s childhood)

I’m not sure why we, here in Canada, still recognize Queen Victoria’s birthday with a holiday weekend, but I’m not complaining.

Neither, it seems, is anyone else.

Maybe because if falls nicely in May just in time to throw ourselves at the garden with enthusiasm.

Anyway, a walk through Halifax’s Formal Victorian Public Gardens, seems a nice way to tip our hat to Her Majesty. Even though it was raining – pouring, at times.

Hmmm. Someone looks a little impatient with me stopping every moment or two.

Understandable, really, as we were on a mission to find this now famous mama. (It was only me who was interested in strolling ๐Ÿ˜‰)

The gardens’ 25 year old agave plant had to be moved out of her greenhouse earlier this spring because her flower stalk had become too tall for the building. The flower stalk can grow 5-6 inches per day, apparently.

And there she is – in her, presently muddy, bed. No flower yet. That might be due to the cool temps, or maybe she just isn’t in a hurry. After all, once the flower sets seeds, the mother plant will die.

Take your time, dear, and enjoy the Spring. There is a new queen in the Gardens.

Long may you reign.

WPC – liquid


7 thoughts on “Liquid Sunshine

  1. sustainabilitea May 22, 2018 / 1:45 am

    Nice royal tie-in to the current festivities, too, Janet. I’d be happy to celebrate here, too, for the days off. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. the eternal traveller May 22, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    If I was going to keel over once my progeny had flowered I wouldn’t be in a hurry either. We have a public holiday for the current queen’s birthday and it’s great. I don’t see any republicans saying they should still go into work on that day because of their beliefs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your garden is beautifully green.

    • JanetRimmington May 22, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      I must say, it seems to me to make sense to celebrate the CURRENT queenโ€™s birthday. But, Iโ€™m flexible! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And May is a good time for a long weekend. Soooo ….

      • the eternal traveller May 23, 2018 / 8:18 pm

        Take any public holiday you can get I say! The irony is that the UK doesn’t have a public holiday for anyone’s birthday. Silly them. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • JanetRimmington June 13, 2018 / 1:27 am

        Agreed! There are never enough holidays!

  3. Julie@frogpondfarm May 25, 2018 / 2:48 am

    Super images Janet .. shame that the agave will die. And yes, that look does look a tad impatient ๐Ÿ˜‰

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