Sometimes the results of doing a new blog are different then what I originally envisioned. This particular blog started as the annual "It's Spring!" blog, but then it grew to include gardens and other things that happen during the spring! I think you will find most of them somewhat interesting! :' )
The Kloster Kamp was founded in 1123 as a Cistercian monastery. An abbey and extensive gardens were built. During the Reformation and afterward, many battles destroyed most of the buildings here. However, monks kept rebuilding the buildings. Between 1954 to 2002, Carmelites operated on the grounds. Now, the Church of St. Joseph, and the Diocese of Münster, are in the process of restoring the monastery.
From Koinobori-Japan: "Koinobori", carp windsocks, carp streamers or carp banners, decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children's Day (originally Boys' festival) on May 5. In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall. The Boys' Festival was an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carps. During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori, huge carp-shaped windsocks, outside the house.
From the website: Scarface Henri, Duke of Guise, built in 1578, the Chateau d'Eu. Acquired in the seventeenth century by the Grande Mademoiselle, the French garden in which you can enjoy the panorama live is built on an embankment. The nineteenth century, the castle became a high ideal holiday resort of Louis-Philippe, who moved there with his family. The king embélit park a rose garden and added rhododendrons and azaleas. But the rose has always been the favorite of the park: you can also contemplate in all its forms at the castle: tableware, wood paneling, decorations ... plantations of old roses evoke them by name in the history of the Chateau d'Eu . And the rose is a metaphorical narrative of the years covered by what magnififique heritage museum castle, thus satisfying both fans of the history of France as beautiful gardens.
Niagara Falls is one of the best well known and iconic wonders of North America. Straddling the international boundary between Canada and the United States, it is serves as the transition from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Created after the last Ice Age, the newly formed Niagara River dug out softer shales around the harder limestones, creating the falls. It has been estimated that the falls have retreated 6.8 miles so far, and scientists predict that in 50,000 years, the falls will have retreated all the way back to Lake Erie, thereby ceasing to exist.
The Falls are actually three separate falls. On the Canadian side, there is Horseshoe Falls, so named because of its U shape. At about a half mile wide, and 173 feet deep, it is the largest of the three. Separating Horseshoe from the other two is Goat Island, a very popular destination for tourists. The falls on the American side consist of (naturally!)the American Falls, and separated by tiny Luna Island, Bridal Veil Falls. The American Falls is 1,060 feet wide with a depth of 100 feet, and Bridal Veil Falls is only 56 feet wide, with a depth of 78 feet. Combined, the three waterfalls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with an average flow rate of 4,000,000 cubic feet per minute, and peaking at more than 6,000,000 cubic feet/min.
Niagara Falls has long been the destination of honeymooners, and thrill-seekers. Several have gone over the falls in barrels, some of them surviving the ordeal, some not. Others strung a tightrope across the gorge, walking across.
Many millions visit the Falls from both sides every year, and largely support the economies of both Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.