The theme was Roses are Forever. Yes, that’s one theme that’s been flogged to death, but if it meant that there would be lots of roses at the festival, then I was all for it.
A colourful expanse of torenias, cataranthus, impatiens, tagetes and roses led us towards the pavilion which housed floral arrangements and the plant bazaar. With barely two hours before nightfall, that was all we managed to cover.
I didn’t get any roses.
They had just about everything at the bazaar; herbs, fruit tree saplings, flowering plants, foliage, tillandsias, orchids, epiphytes … you name it.
That fleeting visit whetted my appetite for more and I decided to go again on the last day. This time, I had to brace myself for the relentless mid-day heat.
Many plants had succumbed to the heat over the week and had to be replaced. But it would take more than a few scorched plants to detract from the beauty of the displays.
Not surprisingly, there were almost as many temperate flowers as there were tropical ones. There were rudbeckias, begonias, agapanthus, lilies, fuschias, hydrageas … and of course the countless rose cultivars.
Two exhibits stood out from the rest; the whimsical Gardens of the Yesteryears with their whitewashed arches and birdhouses …
and the local rainforest with jungle plants and lush undergrowth.
I bought an adenium obesum; the hybrid Patuma has the loveliest double petalled light pink flower which actually looks much like a rose. It’s no wonder that they’re called desert roses.
So, my total haul – two tiny but treasured trophies. Until next year then …
If anyone’s keen, word’s out that the next floral fest at Putrajaya will be from 30 June – 8 July 2012; dates which may be worth noting in every gardener’s calendar.
More photos ….