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