They stand in tall stately splendour, a mass of colour. But it is the detail I love. The fluffy fingers beckoning me closer Silhouetted against the blue sky. And the tiny star shaped faces when the buds open to invite bees in to a banquet.
Today I have been for a visit to the Gold Coast Botanic Garden. I was hoping to research native plants and see them in flower. I have a project going in my garden, preparing areas to change from tropical to native garden. I thought spring would be an ideal time.
I visited in July 2015 (really that long ago??? I thought when I looked back at the post I did…) Then it was winter and I was not too impressed, and commented that maybe spring would be a better time.
Well there is still no real improvement. It is a very pleasant parkland and I enjoyed the stroll around the lake, but I was disappointed at the lack of labelling. Some of the beds were quite sparse with little thought and planning. Not much had changed in 2 years. Pop over here if you would like to see it.
But I was very impressed with the kangaroo paws. They glowed with health.And look at this unusual coloured one. A soft, misty grey that I have never seen before.So, with the paper daisies I saw in Toowoomba, they have become a must have for my garden makeover.
It was a pleasant wander around the lake. Watching the energetic on their rebounders, mums pushing prams and young children playing. Some just relaxing in the sun. It was a picture of tranquillity.
This water dragon was keeping his eye on me as I sneaked closer for a photo.He’s certainly got his eye on me…
So back home and after the rain the garden beds are primed and ready for the plants. Now I have to make some decisions…