Sunday, 20 September 2020

A Splash of Spring Colour

 

Thankfully, spring's arrival this year has been uneventful. Whilst one week had us reaching for our coats and the next, summer wear, we haven't had the soaring temperatures and winds that brought horrific bushfire conditions last year.

Here in sub tropical, SE Queensland, very few gardens have spectacular floral displays, unlike those where many of my blogger readers are from. The drought conditions of 2005 and 2006 resulted in garden lovers choosing to plant  hardy, native shrubs and plants. At present our bottle brushes are quite spectacular, but they don't give that dense colour palette, of a temperate garden. 

During the past few weeks I've spotted glimpses of colour here and there.  

Natives on our Somerset Trail hike, Mt Mee.





Lone trees on a suburban walk.



Golden glow in an acreage garden.

This lovely potted colour was discovered when I changed the usual route for my morning walk.

A couple of years ago the groundsmen of the golf club planted bottlebrushes [calistemons] around the 6th green which we overlook. They aren't well looked after, but this spring they have burst into colour. Here they are in the early morning light.





The wind has played havoc with my orchids, when they have just finally bloomed.

One of the upsides of not being able to travel this year, is that I have spent more time in my garden, and am actually here as spring arrives. 

Little pockets of colour here and there, are enjoyed as I move around the house.


These are the traditional freesia, and their strong perfume wafts through the garden.








The potted colour seen here, was created for a friend for her return from staying with her daughter during Covid. I'm loving them, but missing her.

Note the orchids in the background. 8 purple! I've only ever had one flower before. 



Native, King Orchid

Our Grevillea, Misty Pink, reaching for the sunlight.


We get to enjoy our neighbour's Grevillea, Ivory Whip.

Last week I joined three friends for  an early visit to Toowoomba. Its annual, spring 'Carnival of Flowers 'is the longest running floral event in Australia.  Only 1 1/2 hours drive from Brisbane, its elevation of 691m, makes a big difference temperature wise, with the gardens a riot of colour. This colour will be shared in my next post.

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Beautiful Rice Point


For Marie

During our visit to our family on Prince Edward Island, late June last year, I was delighted and amazed by the vibrant lupins along almost every road verge. A friend of the family called in and showed me a photo of masses of them growing along a road, where she regularly takes her dog for a walk. I was given the name of the road and a few days later convinced my husband we should find them. Alas, I hadn't listened carefully enough and this journey was futile.

Not one lupin along this muddy road!


We consulted my son who said he knew exactly where it was and, once the weather improved, would takes us there as the road leads to their favourite beach.

It took a week for the temperature to be warm enough, but oh my goodness it was worth the wait. Hennebury Road leads to Rice Point and Bay.






And on our second visit!






Thankfully this group were just departing the beach as we arrived.




Red cliffs and blue sky day!





On my October visit, Stuart took their beautiful Japanese Shiba Inu dog to this beach for excercise. It was wonderful to revisit, even if no lupins. 





Stuart casually commented that since our visit, they quite often saw seals on the rocks out from shore. I zoomed in with my camera and was ecxited to spot them in the distance. With the tide out I gradually got closer to them. LHS - seals on rocks. RHS - how close I was able to get to them.



I was focusing for one more shot, when there was an almighty roar and gigantic spash. They weren't happy with me and all dived into the sea.



Tiime was on my hands, so I was delighted to watch them gradually climb back onto the rocks.






Time to leave.

Going through my photos of the June / July visit, I found this one taken of a lone seal at East Point Lighthouse.

Good luck Marie on spotting this many when you next get to visit.

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