Friday, April 21, 2017

Bonsai Trees

I visited Montreal Botanical Gardens
with my daughter and grandkids,
during Easter weekend. (2017)
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
40 yrs. old

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 ~

Maidenhair Trees
~15 yrs ~

Chinese Elm 
~ 65 yrs old ~

Chinese Elm
 ~ 110 yrs. old ~ Wow!

Chinese Hackberry
~ 55 yrs  ~


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. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Butterflies Go Free

I visited a "Butterflies Go Free" exhibition 
with my daughter and Grandkids, 
during Easter weekend. (2017)
An annual exhibit featuring thousands of 
live colourful butterflies and moths,
 set free, fluttering all around us, 
in the large greenhouse.

What a delightful experience.
These butterflies are here for a few weeks,
then gathered up and send to another city,

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


Native to our region.

Golden Birdwing

Rice Paper and Tailed Jay

Owl Butterflies


Golden Helicon

Blue Morpho

Cobra Moth

A Caterpillar on the leaf

Golden Birdwing

Blue Morpho


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.

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.

Thanks for your visit