Travel theme: Flowers

Earlier this year, I stopped by the Macy’s Flower Show in New York. For the first time, the show was taking place outdoors in a show tent at 34th and Broadway, so instead of pushing through crowds inside the store, it was a leisurely amble through “Brasil: Gardens in Paradise”.  The Chelsea Flower Show is my benchmark for what a flower show looks like, but that has over 500 exhibitions and I couldn’t imagine a flower show of that scale in Manhattan. As it turns out; the Macy’s Flower Show is more like a single exhibit that you would see as part of a larger scale flower show, but it was lovely nonetheless.

The shop windows gave a tantalizing glimpse of what lay ahead.

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Toucans were the order of the day, with paper toucans peering out of shop windows, and a giant toucan made out of dried Brazilian button flowers and black magnolia leaves sitting proudly in the show tent.

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Some of the highlights were a rope bridge leading to a waterfall, a monkey made of leaves, an Amazon garden and my favourite, a Rio rooftop.

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There were all kinds of exotic flowers cascading down walls, peeping out from around corners and nestled in dense foliage.

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One of the more surprising things was that not all of the flowers were in pristine condition; some with chunks missing from their petals or with visible scars, but as I understand it, this was done on purpose to evoke a true-to-life vision of Gardens in Paradise. I loved it, because their imperfections did not diminish their glory in the slightest. If anything, they looked even more beautiful.

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So this week’s travel theme should be a fairly easy, and hopefully joyful one. I can’t wait to see what flowers you have in your part of the world. If you’d like to join in, create your own post, title it “Travel theme: Flowers” and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

Bring on the flowers!

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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214 Responses to Travel theme: Flowers

    • ailsapm says:

      Really cool, Shaanthz, I wouldn’t mind a layover at that airport! Thanks for sharing this surprising little garden with us. xxx

  1. 4otomo says:

    my entry this week is a link to a very appropraite previous post on wild flowers..
    http://4otomo.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/wild-flower-fantasy/

  2. Mona says:

    This is interesting because I recently posted “Lotus Flower” with shots I took in Feicheng, Shandong Provinve, China. I think it fits perfectly with your theme. http://monahoward.com/2012/07/20/lotus-flower/

    Your shots are beautiful by the way.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Mona, I’m glad you liked my shots, yours are incredible – those lotus blossoms look almost ethereal. Really great post about the symbolism of the flowers too. Loved it. xxx

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  5. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for the fabulous post, Ailsa! Here is my entry: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-travel-theme-flowers/

    • ailsapm says:

      Really lovely, David, I’ll make sure to visit Bellingrath Gardens if I’m ever near Mobile. Thanks for the tip! xxx Ailsa

  6. Before dashing up to Kandy to watch the Perahera for a couple of days, just had to say congratulations on another super entry – Macy’s, no less! Here’s mine: http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/flowers-for-tet/

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  9. restlessjo says:

    Oh wow- I’m drowning in flowers and I love it! Why haven’t I found your blog before? It’s my Sunday morning treat. Thank you!

  10. viveka says:

    WOw …. don’t know what else to say. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  12. Kavi says:

    hey, this could not have been more apt ……shared these hues via an earlier post 🙂
    http://wingrish.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/bougainvillea/

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  14. thirdeyemom says:

    Gorgeous entry Ailsa and I love the flower shots you took! Here is my entry:
    http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/07/29/a-fountain-of-flowers/
    It is obvious that I LOVE flowers! 🙂

  15. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hei Ailsa! here is my humble contribution:-)
    http://cocoaupnorth.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/travel-theme-flowers/

  16. the orchids are gorgeous, fun samba dancer theme too thanks for sharing 🙂

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  18. Hi Ailsa … I’ve finally gotten around to posting a challenge from you. I have had so many ideas and not enough time to squeeze them all in. This weeks theme is very close tomy heart so it seemed like I had better get to it. I hope you enjoy my little corner of heavenly orchids. Thanks for all the work you do.
    Namaste,
    Isadora http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/travel-theme-flower/

  19. Gilly Gee says:

    A restrained Gypsy after posting so many flower photos this weekend!
    http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/travel-theme-flowers/

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  23. Beautiful. It looks like you enjoyed yourself! Here’s my entry for the week: http://ididitforjohnny.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/travel-theme-flowers/

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  25. Lynne Ayers says:

    Beautiful orchids! I went to a flower show a few years ago in Toronto and the things they do with flowers! Beautiful. Here’s my set http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/travel-themeflowers/

  26. Rosa says:

    What a show!!
    I love, love, love taking shots of flowers.

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  30. fotograffer says:

    Great pictures of a beautiful show. This is a link to my entry:

    http://wp.me/p2uh5G-8I

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  32. Ailsa – My first try at this challenge! And it comes with a question for everyone – this is a flower, all right, but what kind of flower?? http://newpillowbook.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/travel-theme-mystery-flower/

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  34. Joy says:

    Okay Darling, I actually went somewhere! Can you believe it?! This woman whose flowers I wrote about is incredible. Here’s my entry with flowers, flowers and more flowers 🙂 http://joycannis.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/serenity-now/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, Joy, that’s an exquisite post, and Rebecca sounds like an amazing woman. If I’m in the area I will make sure not to miss her gardens.

      • Joy says:

        She is incredible! And who knows, you may end up falling in love with one of her beautiful plants and taking it home 🙂

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  36. Imelda says:

    Yey! A lovely theme. And your flowers are so gorgeous, Ailsa. Here is my contribution – http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/philippine-flowers/

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  39. I’ve combined my entry for your challenge and WordPress’ challenge for this week and come up with purple flowers
    http://wp.me/p18B5-z4

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  41. It’s been really hot here in the Midwest, which drew me to water like a lake, pool a fountain. A puddle looked inviting. My entry is flowers by water.

    • ailsapm says:

      Those shots of the wildflowers stole my heart, c & c. If I ever get to own my own garden, I will have a wildflower meadow. There’s nothing prettier. xxx

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful, innovative interpretation of this week’s theme, Naomi, and that close up of the daisy chain is inspired. Really enjoyed it. xxx

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  43. Tahira says:

    I know mine is only A FLOWER – But I think it counts! 🙂
    http://tahira007.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/travel-theme-flowers/

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  45. Here’s mine. My very first blog challenge (or whatever you want to call it). Looking forward to this. I’ve been watching Tahira’s for a while now and I’m finding the whole thing very inspirational. Thank you. http://huntersholidaying.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/travel-theme-flowers/

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