The first spring bulbs are starting to appear in the Parc de la Tete d’Or.
Near the bee nesting boxes in the Parc de la Tête d’Or, there is a field. What first appeared to be an unremarkable patch of grass, has undergone the most amazing transformation over the past few months.
The first spring flowers started to appear about a month ago, and we have seen a steady stream of blooms since.
The most surprising thing for me has been watching the progression of the flowers. Each variety seems to bloom for a brief week or two before being replaced by something new.
The daffodils, which were the first to poke up through the grass, have now mostly gone. Next were the flowering trees, covered in pink and white blossoms that have since been replaced by bright new leaves.
And this week, the gardens are filled with opening poppies swaying at the slightest breeze.
My work colleagues hosted a surprise farewell lunch for me this week, and gave me an amazing bunch of Australian native flowers and a bag of goodies that are difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
It was a lovely event. Thank you to everyone involved.
The cherry blossoms are in bloom; the first sign that spring will soon be with us.
The delicate pink flowers last for the briefest few days before they are carried away on the wind. But for those few days, they bring many smiles.