Friday, December 3, 2010

Back home and busy

 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.


Jensters said...

Such beautiful flowers Dianne and i really love the trunk of the tree too xx

Karyn said...

If i could have any tropical plant in my garden, it would be the frangipani; beautiful.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Dianne - these plants are absolutely gorgeous. Aren't we lucky to be surrounded by such beauty. I grow those hippeastrum lillies in my garden also. I bet it is nice to be back home! If you email me you postal address at
Dianne I shall send you the card you won in my Giveaway in time for Christmas.

Juliettecherry said...

Dianne, it is nice to see photos of the exotic plants that are grown in Australia. I particularly like frangipani too.

Linda said...

Just beautiful Dian. Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs. I never tire of 'floral photography'. Frangipani is one of our most popular plants, the fragrance is lovely too. I suppose many of us here in the north would love to be able to grow some of the lovelies that you can down there. Typical. Hope all is well. Just catching up after a few busy days.