Friday, 17 August 2012

Carpet of flowers

Every second year a Flower Carpet is laid out in the main square, the Grand-Place, in Brussels.  It is made up of 750,000 begonias, each time in a different design.  The one pictured here was displayed in 2010 to commemorate the Belgian presidency of the European Union.

It may seem a lot of begonias but Belgium produces 60 million each year, the largest producers in the world. Their biggest customers are the Netherlands, France, and the USA.

This year's display, for five days, will finish on Sunday.  Read all about it.

Apart from the carpet, the Grand-Place is a protected site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the surrounding architecture.  Years ago I had to go to Brussels for work and made a point of visiting the square for a cup of coffee sitting enjoying the atmosphere.  It was a very expensive atmosphere, as I recall.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.


  1. So lovely. I stopped overnight once in Brussels, en route home from Athens....had to have mussels in Brussels and steak tartare, one of my favorites.

  2. Wonderful, beautiful card. I didn't know the information about begonias. Learn something new everyday! Happy PFF!

  3. Oh, wow! That is SO cool. Thanks for posting this--wouldn't it be something else to see in real life!

    Have a beautiful weekend and happy PFF!


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