There may be too many new half-finished apartment buildings in the streets surrounding my home, but I can’t help but be grateful for the landscaping that usually surrounds each one.
It’s reassuring to know councils and developers keep the aethetics in mind, as well as the ‘concrete’.
The Wisteria near my local supermarket is an absolute delight at the moment and luckily I had a camera with me last Tuesday morning.
Not sure whether this white variety is the Japanese variety or not, but we’ll pretend it is.
Wisteria floribunda White (Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’) features long racemes of beautiful sweetly scented pure white blooms on vines that twine in a clockwise direction.
NOTE: Please don’t hesitate to correct me in the comments section if I have identified any flower or tree incorrectly. My memory sometimes goes completely blank and I scratch around in its depths in the hope of pulling out even the most common flower names at times.
Browsing through my archives last night, I came across the images I took at Newells Paddock Nature and Conservation Reserve, located about 4 kms (2.3 miles) along the river path, around this time in 2017.
Photo below was actually made on 26th March 2017 and is a great view of this remarkable area.
Photo taken in summer of NEWELLS PADDOCK NATURE RESERVE main pond. Melbourne city in the far upper right background.
You can read a little more of the history behind this wetlands and conservation area here.
It’s Rounded Noon Flower season now as I noticed a tiny patch at the opposite end of my apartment building last Wednesday (left).
In the meantime, here’s a few images made in 2017 to remind long-time followers of the stunning display of Pigface (or Rounded Noon Flowers) below. These fowers have various names so you might know them by a different one.
I’m hoping to go back again this year to photograph more of the bird life, but since it’s a bit far from the bus stop, it might have to be a taxi journey there and back, as I can’t walk as far as I used to pre hip osteoarthritis. I’d rather use my limited walking range to walk around the wetlands and reserve, than waste it on walking from the bus stop through ordinary residential areas to actually get there.
I did walk home along the river path back when I first moved to this western suburb of Melbourne to live in 2016, so I know by the walking trail signposts exactly how far it is.
Not far for normal healthy fit people to walk, but nowadays, too far for me.
In the meantime, here’s a sample of that stunning splash of colour on the ground at Newells Paddock.
This area is also where I was so engrossed with the camera up to my eye, I didn’t notice a White-faced Heron walk up to about 10 feet away from where I was standing.
When I took a photo of my WordPress media library the other week, I realised that at some time I must have been going to upload a post about Red (flowers and birds) and never finished it? Or maybe I did and now can’t find it 🙂
I don’t have the time or the inclination to spend hours double-checking the names in my flower encyclopaedias at the moment so I quickly typed the common names that I remember on the images below. If I’ve got a caption wrong, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section.
If you’ve seen these images before, I hope you’ll enjoy them again.
INDIAN SHOT PLANT (Canna)
BLANKET FLOWER (Gaillardia)
FLOWERING MAPLE, CHINESE LANTERN (Abutilon)
GLADIOLA (Gladiolas cardinalis)
BLANKET FLOWER (Gaillardia)
CAMELLIA japonica ‘Somersby’
SHRUB VERBENA (Lantana)
Coral tree (Erythrina crista-galli)
STURT’S DESERT PEA
AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT
MONKEY HAND TREE
GLADIOLA (Gladiolas cardinalis)
NATIVE FUSCHIA ???
RED FLOWERING GUM
GRASS – Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’
BEGONIAS (in the summer display at the Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne
I read an article once on how red engages the viewer more than any other colour when included in a photo and to this end, I’ll include a street photo I made in Melbourne’s main pedestrian-only shopping precinct as well.
It wasn’t until I reviewed the image on the large 27″ computer monitor that it struck me……….do people wear the same colour when they go shopping with a friend or family member? Or is it just coincidence that the people in front of the Hopetoun Tearooms window disply are wearing matching outfits?
……and in a random shot of Melbourne’s main pedestrian-only shopping street, the colour red makes a significant impact on the overall composition.
Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle.
Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year.
I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western suburb of Melbourne and found a bush next to the Maribyrnong River walking trail, near my current home.
SUNSHINE WATTLE (Acacia terminalis)
…….and when I lived next to the Yarra River on the north-east side of Melbourne in Abbotsford, the river was lined with Wattle Plants and made for a beatiful walk at this time of the year. I don’t know what all the different varieties are called, just that if I get too close, I start sneezing. These bushes are not an allergy-sufferers best friend.
2 Eastern Spinebills on a Wattle (Acacia) tree next to the Yarra River walking trail
Wattle is not shown on this part of the walking trail next to the Yarra River, but this shows what a delightful time of year, the area is.
In the previous post, my Magnolia photos were right next to some Grevillea images in my Photo Library.
I don’t think I’ve seen any of these Australian evergreen plants in my western suburb, but I do have some lovely shots of them from past home locations.
Grevillias are a diverse and variable range of Australian plants, from large, upright trees to scrambling ground covers. The majority are medium shrubs with flowers resembling spiders and often appear in long toothbrush-like clusters.
Here’s the 4 images (below). They were found in a small island of native plants in the middle of a suburban road. They were such a surprising sight and were no doubt planted by an environmentally aware local council.
They attract birds in great numbers, but I imagine they’d be too big to grow in a pot on my balcony????