Along with the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Royal Sydney Botanical Garden is a jewel in the tiara that forms the city of Sydney’s foreshore. Glimpses of the city buildings in one direction and the harbour in the other create a perfect setting for a floral visit. On a hot day a zephyr brings with it coolness and the sounds of a busy harbourside city. Mr MG and I paid a visit to the gardens last October and found a great deal to enjoy. It would make an extremely long post to show everything, so here is a selection of the parts of the garden we enjoyed the most.
The Wurrungwuri sculpture, a giant sandstone waveform representing the geological history was surrounded with Australian native plantings.
On the dragon tree lawn Dracena draco and Echium candicans from the Canary islands competed for attention, the Echium spikes providing a magnet for thousands of bees.
A green wall in the exhibition area called ‘The Calyx’ dominated a display of insect eating plants, all of it kept moist and humid with a spray mist.
A wildflower meadow of everlasting daises (Rodanthe chlorocephala) and young Boab trees (Adansonia gregorii) with tantalising glimpses of the Harbour Bridge received much admiration from us and provided a swathe of pink and yellow flowers.
For me, however, the Australian Rockery contained the biggest range of delights in many colours. Unfortunately it was difficult to find plant names, so many of these gems are unidentified, but that doesn’t alter my appreciation of them. Perhaps some identification will come from other bloggers – please feel free to comment.
We spent a delightful morning wandering the gardens and there’s a lot more I could include, of course. Perhaps in another post I’ll cover the venerable trees, the original farm planted by the first settlers and the Wollemi Pine, a prehistoric tree discovered in a secret valley in NSW in 1994.
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