Brisbane Botanic Gardens:

Brisbane Botanic Gardens:

 

Japanese Garden, Azaleas in bloom

Springtime brings color to the Japanese Garden

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Water Dragon on the prowl

Sept 12 and it’s spring in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.  The Azaleas are in bloom in the Japanese Garden.  The Water Dragons on the prowl since it is mating season.  They slip out of the shrubbery and look about then suddenly rise up on all four feet, puff up their head and jut out their chin.

Lorikeets

Lorikeets

Lorikeets, birds so colorful you can barely believe they are real, are gorging on the berries in a flowering tree.  White Ibis with their long curving beak prance about on  their long legs, pecking in the soil for bugs.  Mud turkey  with a beaver brown tail, and a collar of caution yellow and red light feathers dig in the compost creating a hole to lay their eggs.  White cockatoos scream as they fly overhead. 

Golden Bamboo

Golden Bamboo

All around are stands of giant golden and black bamboo.  The ancient Woollemi pines line the road up to the lookout point. From there the skyline of Brisbane reveals itself against a blue sky.

 

A stand of ancient Woolmei Pines

A stand of ancient Woolmei Pines

This is a garden of incredible varieties of Eucalyptus, bromelaids, succulents, and aloes, in great form.

Destination: The Oregon Garden

Destination: The Oregon Garden

Some ideas take a long time to grow and The Oregon Garden is just such an idea. The Oregon Association of Nurseries had long wanted (since 1940) a demonstration garden to highlight the incredible variety of plants grown in the area.  Since 1968, the citizens of Oregon have been leaders in protecting the climate, air,Continue Reading

Sunflowers in Song

Sunflowers in Song

A single row of sunflowers is a delight in my garden!  As the flowers fade and seeds form a flock of yellow canaries and some peach faced loved birds descended on the tasty seed heads. I heard them chatter, I heard their songs. They were everywhere in the garden. I looked out my window andContinue Reading

Stumpery Garden

Stumpery Garden

As a southwest gardener, wandering into a northwest woodland garden is an exciting experience. Here are the shade plants of azaleas, jack-in-the pulpit, mayflower, hostas and rhododendrons. There are great varieties of tree bark textures, conifer needles and dazzling shades of green.  Discovering  the Stumpery Garden in the Rhododendron Species Garden in Federal Way, WAContinue Reading

Farm fields of flowers

Farm fields of flowers

Driving through the Willamette Valley, near Silverton, Oregon I saw a field of poppies being raised for seed.  This wonderful agricultural area is known for fruit, wine, and more but I didn’t know there would be fields of flowers.What a crop! For me it was simply beautiful but for the farmer it was a business, aContinue Reading

Leach Garden, Portland, OR

Leach Garden, Portland, OR

Every garden holds a surprise though sometimes you have to really look for it because it is out of sight, down a path and across the water. This is exactly where I found this stone cottage. John & Lilla Leach lived the summers here in the early 1930’s while their larger home was being built. Continue Reading

Van Dusen Garden, BC

Van Dusen Garden, BC

The Alma Van Dusen perennial garden was in full bloom this July day. The bed is a large oval shape with a path meandering through it. The highlight is the delphiniums which easily grew 8’ high. An unobtrusive bamboo frame helped hold these huge stalks upright.  The flowers were in 3 shades of blue rangingContinue Reading

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

The W. W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, Tacoma, WA is a glass wonder. Conservatories are so important for protecting unique plants that won’t live in local climes. But the Seymour creates a seasonal floral display four times a  year. During my visit last week it was a glorious red, white and blue boquet.  TheContinue Reading

Garden Growth

Garden Growth

When the garden was finished in early December we sat down for a minute to enjoy it.  We had a party on New Year’s Eve Afternoon and shared our happiness with many friends.  Then we waited for things to grow.  The weather was mild, wonderful and perfect for growing. The Yellow Iris I brought fromContinue Reading

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden,

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden,

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden, on the ground of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  Shipping channel locks designed by Hiram M Chittenden in 1906.  I came to see the garden which has an especially unique origin.   English came to the Army Corp of Engineer base in 1931 to work as a groundskeeper forContinue Reading