Yes, that is a hungry bee (or is it a wasp) feasting on the nectar of this prolific white rose bush in the center of Istanbul. As soon as we left the Istanbul airport on the drive into town, we passed thousands upon thousands of rosebushes on roadway islands and beside major streets. They had just peaked a week or two earlier but they were still an impressive site. Most people would associate the tulip with the Netherlands, but actually, the bulbs are said to have originated in Turkey or thereabouts, and Turkey is trying to plant them by the millions to regain its place as the rightful home base of one of the world’s most popular flowers…
But when we were in Istanbul a few months ago, it was the roses that were starring on the flower line-up. Near public monuments, on roadways, in parks, the rosebushes were blooming and in such wonderful varieties and colors. Just stunning.
And these didn’t seem like the wimpy roses you find in hot tropical climates, these were actually often best described as being voluptuous…
Blooms had so many layers of petals they seemed almost as full as peonies and their heads drooped towards the ground under the weight of each bloom.
These photos were taken in several locations throughout the touristy areas of Istanbul and I must say the flowers were beautiful.
Huge bushes of hydrangeas and milflores in full bloom were almost as beautiful as some of the mosques and churches and ruins that we visited.
Colors ranged from deep to pale pinks, purples, lavenders, blues, etc.
Orange potted begonias(?) at a lunch table and a column of blooming jasmine behind it made meals seem all that more luxurious…
…while beds of marigolds and other blooms made gardens scream out with natural colors. The blooms of Istanbul in early June were wonderful!
Note: Several of these photos were taken by The Kid.