On show at David Jones

Spectacular displays

Traditions are wonderful.

I was fortunate to have walked into a tradition last weekend. I didn’t know it at the time though. As I took in the magnificent floral displays on the ground floor of David Jones in Sydney, I just thought it was store dressing on a grand scale.

Of course, it was. But it’s store dressing that takes place every year at this time. A celebration of spring. There was an abundance of orchids in shades of gold and rust, lilies looking for all the world like waxen imitations, huge stems of blossoms and beautiful deep green topiaries generously placed around.

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for orchids – particularly the slipper variety (not pictured). I find them quite seductive. Look closely at the shape and texture of slipper orchids…and you’ll see what I mean. The same applies to other varieties though perhaps not so brazenly…

Golden orchids in a golden country

There were crowds of people, young and old, angling their cameras and cellphones upward, trying to capture the beauty of the display. In a week of devastation and disaster, it was a pleasure to gaze upon a celebration of nature and a symphony of colour. Simply gorgeous!


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