Friday, April 21, 2017

Bonsai Trees

I visited Montreal Botanical Gardens
with my daughter and grandkids,
during Easter weekend.
I am sharing photos 
of beautiful bonsai trees
 they have on display.

A lot of years and dedication go into creating a bonsai tree.
An art form using trees grown in containers 
that are trimmed to appear as a miniature of full size trees.

Bonsai can be created from nearly any 
perennial tree or shrub, that can be trimmed 
to remain small through pot confinement 
with crown and root pruning, 
preventing it to reach it's normal size.
A Chinese tradition that has spread worldwide.

Japanese Maple.


Maidenhair Tree 
Ginkgo Biloba
45 yrs. old



Wintercreeper Euonymus

Flaky Juniper


Chinese Elm 5 yrs.

Japanese Maple


Taiwan Trident Maple
95 yrs. old

Japanese White Pine ~35 yrs. old

Japanese Maple ~ 40 yrs. old

Thorny Elaeagnus ~ 40 yrs. old.

Chinese Peashrub ~ 40yrs. old.


Grenadier Pomegranate
 ~ 85 yrs. old ~





Japanese Maple ~ 45 yrs. old


Cork Bark
Japanese Black Pine 
~ 45yrs. old ~

Chinese Elm
~ 85 yrs. old ~

Chinese Sweetplum
~85 yrs ~


Cork Bark 
Japanese Black Pine
~ 55 yrs~

Trident Maple
~ 45 yrs ~

Ginkgo
Maidenhair Trees
~15 yrs ~


Chinese Elm 
~ 65 yrs old ~


Chinese Elm
 ~ 110 yrs. old ~ Wow!

Chinese Hackberry
~ 55 yrs  ~

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I identified some of the trees. (hopefully correct). 
These trees are on display in one of the large Greenhouses.

I will return and visit the Japanese Gardens nearby, where
there are a lot of other varieties and older bonsai trees displayed.

Thanks for your visit. xo



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Butterflies

I visited a "Butterflies Go Free" exhibition 
with my daughter and Grandkids 
during Easter weekend.
An annual exhibit featuring thousands of 
live colourful tropical butterflies and 
moths, set free, fluttering all around us, 
in the large greenhouse.
What a delightful experience.


Rice Paper Butterflies


Blue Morpho -blue on the inside of the wings.


The entrance


Cobra Moth


 Mathieu, Suzanne and Sabrina

Feasting on food

Owl Butterfly


White Morpho

Monarch
Native to our region.


Golden Birdwing

Rice Paper and Tailed Jay

Owl Butterflies

Food

Golden Helicon

Blue Morpho

Cobra Moth

A Caterpillar on the leaf







Golden Birdwing

Blue Morpho

Oxfordshire

Lowi Swallowtail

Tailed Jay

A Moth?

Lowi Swallowtail



A lot of beautiful plants to attract the butterflies


This plant is a favourite



Banded Orange

The butterflies are in heaven amidst
the lush greenery and
 flowers in the Greenhouse.

Pink Rose and Postman Butterflies below


Tailed Jay and Monarch


Rice Paper

Blue Morpho-Blue on the inside.

Golden Helicon



A little booklet is available 
which helped me identify
 most of the species above...

A most enjoyable visit to welcome Spring
and forget Winter.
I must return next year.

Thanks for visiting my blog xo

All pics are taken with a cellphone
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