Did anyone mention Hallowe’en?

Our trip to Canada coincided with the end of October and that of course means Hallowe’en. We saw lots of pumpkins by the roadside and in gardens and on the 31st itself we had about 150 children call at the house for their candy and crisps, not all at once I hasten to add!

Getting the decorations in the front garden.

The front door decorated.

We were taken to the Royal Botanical Gardens on the 31st October. The RBG are so huge that some of their gardens are in Burlington and some in Hamilton. This post is about Hendrie Park which  we found in Burlington.

At the entrance to the RBG Centre, nice display.

The first time I have been greeted by a witch and a rabbit!

My lovely nephew in amongst the display of “mums”

Loved this plant, but I’m not sure what it is, very pretty.

Thanks to Diana in S. Africa, I now think this is Plectranthus Mona Lavender.

“Mums” everywhere!

Pumpkins, gourds and squashes everywhere too in the glasshouse.

Strelitzias were looking beautiful, very dramatic.

Time to leave the glasshouse and pass under the road, via a tunnel to Hendre Park.

Where a couple of carvings were waiting for us.

They were a bit spooky at the entrance to the tunnel.

Super display at the entrance.

I quite like spiders!

But I prefer this sculpture!

Cousins together, not seperated by the ocean, yes, it was pouring down, we brought the weather with us!

The trees had so many different colours in their leaves, I took so many photos, but won’t bore you with them all.

More sculpture!

Loved all the different trees.

I found a bee house or hotel, very smart!

We all rather liked this sculpture.

and this which was part sculpture and part nesting spaces for birds.

Even the benches were beautifully decorated.

The evergreen trees set the colours off beautifully.

This was my last photo of Hendrie Park, we went back to the car and drove to the Rock Garden.

But that will make another post for another day as it was so wonderful, in fact I would go so far as to say that for me,  it was the highlught of our visit.

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14 Responses to Did anyone mention Hallowe’en?

  1. Peter says:

    The RBG is ablaze with autumn color and all ready for Halloween. What a nice shot of the reunited cousins!

    • Pauline says:

      The colours were so beautiful Peter, I didn’t know what to photograph next! I also really liked the pumpkin arrangments, they were very artictic.The cousins get on so well every time they meet, it was fantastic seeing Tim and his family again, even though it was only for a few days.

  2. Diana Studer says:

    I think your very pretty, is one of our Plectranthus.

  3. Denise says:

    It’s lovely to see some of the highlights of your visit Pauline. And I enjoyed seeing how they celebrate Halloween there! If I had to choose a favorite photo, it would probably be the witch and the rabbit lol!

  4. Sue C. says:

    I love the sculptures. It looks a great place to visit. Lovely to have time with your family as well.

    • Pauline says:

      I think a few sculptures enhance a garden, so always love seeing them in public gardens Sue, they add a certain something. It was wonderful catching up with my nephew and his family once more, just wish it could have been for longer.

  5. snowbird says:

    Loved seeing the cousins reunited! Oh, loved all the Halloween images and all the sculpture, especially the spider and web. What a wonderful time you had, lucky you!xxx

    • Pauline says:

      The cousins stay in regular touch with Facebook etc Dina, but nothing beats a good HUG in person! It was lovely seeing the family again and being able to just pop over for his special birthday. It was only a short visit as it had to be timed with half term as my daughter is a teacher.

  6. Frank says:

    I thought the reds and oranges of the previous post were bright, but some of these trees really take the cake! I love seeing all the variations.
    Excellent Halloween decorations. It’s an interesting holiday isn’t it, and fun to experience as long as you can resist eating too many of the candies yourself. I have yet to master that 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      I can honestly say, hand on heart Frank, I didn’t eat a single candy bar!
      The trees were magnificent, the colours so bright in spite of the rain or maybe because of it, we were not disappointed. Every corner we turned there was another wonderful view of beautiful trees.

  7. Katrina says:

    Your photos turned out amazing Pauline. It was an absolute pleasure having you and Rachael join us, even though it was a short few days….. Im loving your blogs and all your beautiful photos….. Next time, you will have to make it a longer trip…… so we can venture out to Montreal, Ottawa and even Algonquin where you won’t want to leave….

    • Pauline says:

      We both loved out time with you Katrina and the colours of the trees was waonderful. I wish it could have been for longer, maybe next time we will get to where you suggest, I must look up Algonquin as that is new to me!

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