That hardy perennial Rose Week returns to Belfast
Rose Week has blossomed once again with the annual event getting under way in Belfast's Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park yesterday.
The floral festival continues until Sunday and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
More than a million blooms will be on show this week, with free admission for visitors every day from 1-5pm.
As well as the spectacular scenery, roses and scents, guests can also enjoy music, dance, arts and crafts, face-painting and balloon modelling.
On Thursday, judges from across the world will arrive to cast their expert eyes over the many blossoms, with the winners to be announced that afternoon in Belfast City Hall.
Speaking ahead of the official Rose Week launch, councillor Matt Garrett said: "To have one of the world's leading rose gardens based in Belfast is absolutely fantastic and it's great that we get to celebrate this annually with our ever popular Rose Week in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.
"This family-friendly event has something for everyone to enjoy, and access to the event couldn't be easier as there is a free shuttle bus running from Belfast City Hall to the event every 20 minutes.
"I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of this and come down to soak up the colour and 'feelgood' atmosphere that our annual Rose Week offers."
For more information about the event, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/roseweek.