The colours of spring sparkle and brighten the world around them and a couple of weeks ago we went to Toowoomba, renowned as the garden city, to be enthralled by the beauty of their “Carnival of Flowers” an annual tribute to the blooming of spring.
It is 10 years since I last visited and then it was on a one day bus trip. Hardly enough time to appreciate all the parks and gardens aglow with spring flowers. I promised myself that I would return.
So this time we booked Airbnb accommodation for 3 nights in a delightful Queenslander styled home complete with a picket fence and deep, shady verandas shared with our host Sonja and her 2 delightfully, friendly Beagle dogs.
If you have never tried Airbnb I definitely recommend it. We have used this service many times now and the friendly hosts and reasonable prices make every stay unique.
The Japanese garden was a haven of peace and tranquillity. With the classic red bridge inviting you to stroll and meditate on the beauty.
At first I thought this little fellow was a statue he was so still. Maybe deep in meditation, then he moved his head.
It was pure pleasure wandering around the numerous parks all blazing with meticulously maintained beds of glowing colour.
Can you see Jack I think he will be waiting a long time for this train to take him around… So we walk…
The people of Toowoomba love gardening and the garden competition is an event many prepare for all year. So many entries of all sizes, I wished I had the time and energy to get around more of them. But the Grand Champion I had to see.
I walked up the narrow front garden path enclosed by native plants. And fell in love….
This garden is so lovingly designed and cared for it has brought the use of Australian native plants to a whole new level. There were so many varieties of Grevillea, many I had never seen before. This is perhaps the largest collection of Grevillea in Australia and Gordon and Maria are avid collectors.
Paths winding enticingly invite me to explore further and bright, sunny paper daisies fill all spare spots. A pergola with a seat makes restful place to stop and admire the glowing orange of the Clivia
I am inspired by how this couple have created a dense, beauty filled garden in an average sized suburban garden. I talked to Gordon Reynolds who with wife Maria have spent 8 years, after lovingly designing their garden from scratch, in the care and maintenance of it. He was generous with his knowledge and I picked up many tips. The main one being, tip prune natives from an early age to keep them bushy and hard prune once a year.
I’m planning some native corners in our garden. But more on that later…
After looking and remembering all the beautiful gardens in Toowoomba as I write this post I now feel the urge to get out into the garden. So as it has stopped raining I will leave you now. Hope you have enjoyed this visit to the “Carnival of Flowers” (for more click on this link) with me. There are more but I will be back with another post later…