Have been so busy this last week, I almost forgot about my Nature Blog, but today, while looking for some photos for a friend, I came across an image of Shining Meadow Rue (Thalictrum lucidum) made in the Royal Botanic Gardens back on the 18th June, 2012.
……..and just to remind you of what The Herb Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne looks like in Summer or Spring, here’s a few images made over a number of years (below).
The circular brick edged garden falls into shadow around 4.30pm, so best to visit either in the morning or early afternoon.
(Hint: its pretty bare in Winter, so don’t bother visiting at that time).
From memory, the Shining Meadow Rue was growing just inside the entrance of The Herb Garden, one of my all-time favourite places to sit on a hot summer’s day (when I lived on the south-east side of Melbourne).
Melbourne’s long hot summer is finally over and we’ve got some more pleasant weather in which to enjoy the great outdoors this week. I was going to say it’s hot today, but let’s call it pleasantly……… very warm, instead 🙂
I decided to end my blogging and blog reading holiday a couple of days ago and get back into the swing of Blogging and sharing my nature photos again.
My brain was turning to ‘mush’ while on holiday from the computer. Being mainly housebound for most of 2018 only added to my intermittent Brain Fog, Short-term memory problems and Cognitive Dysfunction. I was putting a lot of it down to the Auto Spell-check in the latter part of 2018, but the truth is…… my fingers don’t always type what my brain tells them to.
(if you read some weird sentence on one of my 3 blogs, don’t hesitate to point it out to me using the comments section. Spell-check and proof-reading don’t always catch the errors).
This is not a sign of ageing, merely some of the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) that seems to send my normal brain function awry. The fact that my Mindful living practice was put out of sync with some complicated family issues only added to the mix. Hopefully these family issues have now been resolved.
I came across my Cocks Comb Coral Tree (Erythrina crust-galli) folder while meandering through my old iPhoto Library in the last couple of days. While not an Australian native tree/flower, the tree is striking due to its unusual bark. The difference between its Summer canopy of lush green leaves and many brightly coloured flowers and non-flowering bare tree trunk and branches, is really quite extraordinary.
There is one large very old tree near the Herbarium and one smaller tree near the William Tell Rest house.
These are located in the southern end of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
The colourful Australian Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) love it’s nectar, and in one particular small tree next to a walking path in the RBG, can be found close enough to observe and photograph.
Cockspur coral tree is just one of its many common names, and is a deciduous shrub or tree from South America. It has been commonly grown in Australia as an ornamental plant, and has become invasive along waterways in coastal NSW north of Sydney.
This particular plant image hails from the slopes of a water catchment in the Royal Botanic Gardens called Guilfoyles Volcano
The sloping ground leading right up to the water catchment is covered in either cacti, succulents or low-water plants and well worth a look if you’re visiting Melbourne. (Or just a local and hadn’t realised this wonderful section of garden existed). When living on that south-east corner of the RBG, I used to pass it regularly and while not a fan of cacti, the waist-high beds, as you walk up the spiral path, make for wonderful photo opportunities.
I seem to remember this was one of the 1st areas I took my new DSLR and Macro lens in early 2011.
Today, with a flawless blue sky, I’m inclined to go to the plant nursery (via taxi again) to choose some herbs for my planned new indoor mini Herb Garden. Being Winter, my spinach and other leafy crops seem to be at a standstill in their growth and the cruel winds over the last few days have almost split my large Rosemary bush in half (again). I’ll have to give it a new twine and bamboo ‘corset’ to hold it together again. I only took it off this past Summer.
It has been very cold and windy lately. Great news for skiing up in the Alpine Regions of the State, but most unpleasant if you don’t have a warm car to go out in (down in the lower elevations). The thing is that Melbourne, with its generally temperate climate, is not used to extreme cold.