Now that we are home I will share a few of the pics I took while I was in Noosaville, on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland.
The gardens are full of the most exotic and interesting plants you are likely to see anywhere.
I am not sure that I am so keen on many of the plants. They are showy and flamboyant but they are interesting to look at. Many of the
Plants are adapted to cope with the heavy tropical rainfall in the area with peculiar root systems.
The grasses are thick and abundant and often hide frogs and lizards from the heat of the day: and from predators too.
We went for a walk in around the neighbourhood and everywher we looked there were more wonderful things to see.
Many of the plants have long strappy leaves and big showy flowers like these.
This fern seems to be wrapped in hessian. It is quite strong and feels just like some kind of woven fabric.
The stems from which the fronds fan out are as sharp as a saw blade.
The sweet perfumed frangipani is a favourite: it seems that everyone has at least one in their garden and they feature in street plantings as well. I think this white with the yellow centre is the best known but I also saw a pink and an apricot coloured one.
This flower was hidden away under a huge palm tree in the back garden.
I don't know much about the palm trees and the way they bloom and set seed but they are truly spectacular. These are just a few of the pics I took - I do hope you have enjoyed seeing them.
I think, though, that I like the plants that grow in our more temperate climate. The bottle brushes and grevilleas as well as the roses and camellias. I guess it is what I am used to.