The Warsaw Botanical Gardens were established in 1818, and run by the University of Warsaw. Last Sunday was the tulip festival, and the main colourful treats are tulips of course, and then daffodils, magnolias and grape hyacinths. I also find one of my photographic nemeses, unfurling ferns, and spend a lot of time on my knees trying to photograph the curl which I rarely manage successfully at home. However the stars of the flower cabaret are the pink tulips with their satiny sheen. They had the beauty that makes me gasp and mutter appreciation aloud.