I'm so very lucky to have just recently returned from an amazing 4 week camping trip in Western Australia (my first time in this beautiful state)..... and being Spring, the flora was in it's prime! After travelling across the great Nullabor we visited many of the incredible southern national parks ..... Cape Le Grand, Fitzgerald River, The Stirling Ranges, Torndirrup and Walpole before ending up in beautiful Perth. Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth was just stunning! On the way back we went through the wheatbelt where I found the striking Eucalyptus Macrocarpa. I was just beside myself witnessing so many species of Banksias, Hakeas, Eucalypts and Orchids amongst such a variety of wildflowers, in their natural habitats. The diversity of plant life was just astounding! I can't wait to visit again one day! I've returned home with so many photos and inspiration for future works which is wonderful!
Here's just a sample of the beautiful flora and fauna I came across....
more also on my Instagram page.
After much longing to return to this wonderful garden, I am thrilled to say I managed to fit in a small visit yesterday!
Oh, how I love this place.....I would love it to be a little closer, so I could visit a lot more often.
Many of the Banksias were putting on such a beautiful display...... there was an abundance of flower buds and so many honey eaters enjoying the smorgasbord of nectar from all of the flowering shrubs and trees.
Here's some of my snaps & useful links below.
I had a beautifully pleasant day selling my goodies in the gorgeous setting of Highcroft Garden in Harrogate
yesterday. As part of Open Gardens SA, this delightful garden was open to the public for both days of this weekend.
ABC radio's gardening guru Malcom Campbell was a guest speaker on Saturday, followed by another talk by a
representative from the Butterfly Conservation Society..... both held in the gorgeous old shearing shed.
Many thanks to all of the visitors who stopped by to say hi and the friendly fellow stall holders for the chats!
Also to the lovely owners for inviting me to be a part of their open day weekend.
Absolutely loved the garden & the frequent glimpses of the gliding Monarch Butterflies just made my day!
Here's a few snaps in a slideshow below!
Last weekend I had the long overdue pleasure and delight of visiting this most beautiful Botanic Garden. I've heard about this place for some time, but had never visited until now..... and I'm so glad I finally did!!
The Arboretum is situated on 30 hectares, in between Tailem Bend and Wellington here in South Australia. It is conservation based and houses a huge range of Australias threatened flora. The site was established and is maintained by a group of Volunteers and is managed by the Coorong District Council. It also has support from Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals.
I was just in awe of the smorgasbord of beautiful plants to admire - Banksias, Hakeas, Grevilleas, Eucalypts, Erimophilas and so many more. There were New Holland Honey Eaters in abundance and I believe there are many more birds that can be spotted. It is amazing how much beauty can be grown in what was once a weed infested and eroded sand drift. What a wonderful job these clever people have done and continue to do with this
incredible native garden..... I take my hat off to them.
I came across so much inspiration for my botanical work and have popped a few snaps below of just some of the beauties I discovered. I can't wait until my next visit!!!
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