Visiting Brisbane Gardens

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

This tree grabbed my attention for two reasons. The first being the brilliant flowers it was displaying; the second, the noise that was emanating from it. It was the cacophony of Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) feeding on the nectar contained in the flowers.

The tree was a Colville’s Glory (Colvillea racemosa) a native legume of Madagascar.

Colville’s Glory (Colvillea racemosa) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Colville’s Glory (Colvillea racemosa) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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Australian Native Plants

The following photographs are of some of the Australian native plants I have growing in my garden. Planted many years ago, I chose those plants to attract birds to the garden, and they have not disappointed me. 

King’s Park Special Callistemon – commonly known as a Bottlebrush
King’s Park Special Callistemon – beautifully back-lit by the late afternoon sun
Bottlebrush Mauve Mist Callistemon
Bottlebrush Mauve Mist Callistemon
Bracelet Honey Myrtle (Melaleuca armillaris)
Red Flowering Gum Tree (Eucalyptus ficifolia)
Captain Cook Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)

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This Week

These photographs are a pictorial of the past week in my backyard.

 

Crimson Rosella

 Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Crimson Rosella

Am Immature Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot –
Alisterus scapularis

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

Galah

Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

 

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Galah –
Eolophus roseicapillus

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Misty Morning

On the Easter long weekend, we stayed near Dunkeld on the edge of the Grampian National Park. The first morning of our stay was a misty one.

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National Eucalypt Day

Today is National Eucalypt Day. A day to celebrate the magnificent trees we Australians call Gum Trees.

The following photos are of Eucalyptus regnans commonly known as Mountain Ash, also Swamp Gum, or Stringy Gum. Mountain Ash trees are native to Tasmania and the state of Victoria in south-east Australia.

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Eucalyptus regnans is the world’s tallest flowering plant and is also the world’s second tallest tree.

I remember when I was in primary school, my teacher told the class that trees were the lungs of the world. I can clearly remember my thoughts: “Then why are we cutting them down?”

I still ask that question decades later.

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Lagoon

Almost in the middle of the Central Queensland town of Emu Park, there is a lagoon. My Grandfather’s house was near this lagoon and it was visible from his backyard. It features prominently in my boyhood memories.

This lagoon also has a magnificent plantation of Melaleuca trees.

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Autumn

In Australia, today (1st March) is the official start of autumn.

One of my favourite trees for autumn colour, known in Australia as the Lipstick Tree,  or October Glory (Acer rubrum). It is a native tree of North America. The following photos were taken at the Colac Botanic Gardens, over the past couple of autumns.

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