Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

King’s Park and Botanic Gardens  is a must-see in Perth.  Not only is it a beautiful park and garden overlooking the city of Perth, it also boasts being one of the largest city parks in the world, beating out Hyde Park and even New York’s Central Park.  It’s a beauty.

The park offers free year-round guided walking tours several times throughout the day.  I was lucky enough to partake in a Wildflower walk which lasted an hour and a half.  We had two guides (to a group of 6) and they were very knowledgeable about the gardens and flower species.  All the guides are volunteers and that made the walk even more enjoyable…just knowing they were out there with us because of their love of the garden and flowers and that they wanted to share that love and knowledge with us.  I was a little intimidated when it became clear that all the walk participants had extensive botany knowledge.  One of the guides asked me if I had a keen interest in botany and I sheepishly replied ‘I appreciate beautiful flowers’.  (GROAN)

Perth’s Botanic Garden boasts about their focus on local (Western Australia) flora due to the extraordinary diversity and the fact that many of the flowers couldn’t be found anywhere else in the world.  How cool is that?! And still only about 3,000 of WA’s 12,000 species of plants are in the garden.

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In the slideshow you’ll see my photos of the acacia, eucalypt, and banskia varieties.  (Towards the end of the tour, I was even getting pretty good and differentiating between them.  No one was more surprised than me.)

The slideshow also has a photo of the solemn Perth War Memorial overlooking the city and my favorite garden feature…the Pioneer Woman Memorial Fountain.  You see a statue of a Pioneer Woman carrying her baby.  The fountain had several different small spouts of water that shot out randomly, representing the woman’s search for a suitable place for her family in WA.  After a few seconds, the small spouts go away and one big spout of water shoots out really high symbolizing that she found the place she wanted to make her family’s home.  Beautiful symbolism.  And to think, if I hadn’t done the walk, I might have just thought it was a nice-lookin’ statue.  🙂

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If you like orchids than you would love the Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Many of our readers may know what orchids look like but in case you are like us — and didn’t know there are so many diffferent colors and patterns — we have included a myriad of different photos.

Living in America you will see these dainty flowers in the local supermarkets for sale in pots for outrageous prices and if you are foolhardy enough to purchase one you will find that they are beautiful for a bit but after their short “beautifying” existence, they lose their flowers and then just turn into 3 – 4 broad green leaves (with a certain impending death if they live in our house…sorry, Wife).

However these delicate flowers thrive in the humid, hot and basically soaking wet country of Singapore.  The garden consisted of 30,000 – 40, 000 different types of orchids and within the first 10 meters you will agree with your partner that your $10.00 total to enter the garden was well worth it.

After walking through the steamy garden you start to dream for an air-conditioned room and if you keep to the signs and follow the path that leads you to the cool room you will find your dream a reality.  Within this cool room you will find an array of carnivorous plants and orchids that grow in the highlands of Asian countries.

We walked, we talked, and were amazed by the sights and scenes in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, including this Curtain of Roots (Princess Vine).

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Birds of Paradise

One of our favorite things about Melbourne is the abundance of beautiful flowers.  The fresh and floral landscape is also the cause for some of the worst allergies either of us have experienced in our lives but that’s a post for another day. 

The Birds of Paradise flower, Crane flower, or Strelitzia, is one that neither Ryan nor I can walk by without stopping to admire its exotic bloom.  Native to South Africa, the flower resembles a bird in flight.  The colors are so bright and bold that we wanted to share just a few of our favorite shots of the one blooming right outside of our church.

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There’s something about seeing a place through the eyes of someone discovering a place for the first time.  My dad visited this past week and I loved watching him fall in love with Melbourne in the same way we have.  I took him to the National Rhododendron Gardens and used the opportunity to snap some pics of the flowers a-bloom. 

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It’s the end of August and we’ve had a week of 70 degree weather.  So after a very mild and short winter,  Spring is officially on its way.  It feels weird to say that at this time of year but it’s unmistakable.  The days are lighter longer, prices dropped  on both red peppers and cucumbers, and the birds are waking me up before my alarm.

Spring is finally upon us and we deserve it, if I may say so.  Two winters in a row– even with the mild Melbourne winter– is just not fair.

You can imagine our excitement, then, to spend our Sunday afternoon lounging and reading in Jel’s park.

We’ve also recently seen the vibrant colors from buds and beautiful flowers throughout our neighborhood.

These lovely blooms are indicators that summer is on it’s way and EVERYBODY says that there is nothing like a Melbourne summer.  The whole city comes alive.  We can’t wait!

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To wrap up our Sunshine Coast experience, I wanted to share a random mish-mash of photos of the beautiful things we encountered on our getaway.  Sometimes words are not necessary.

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When in Oz I highly recommend a visit to the National Rhododendron Gardens.  We discovered this gem because it was close to our B&B in Olinda but we are so glad we did.  It was free to enter and while the B&B owner told us it could take a half a day to walk through it, we only had two hours to enjoy the paths and flowers.   We definitely were keeping a quick pace and I wish we had had more time to enjoy it.

I also wish we had done a better job documenting the names of the flowers but I guess that just gives us a good excuse to go back and it also lets the pictures speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

The groundskeeper told us that most of the fall colors were gone save for the Ginko Baloba tree.  There was no way in the world we could’ve missed this tree.  It was brilliant bright yellowish/orange surrounded by green.  WOW.

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