Sunday, October 24, 2010

From the Melbourne Botanical Gardens

It is a lovely spring day and the sun is shining… and we have just returned from a day out. When I arrived at the Melbourne Botanical Gardens in Melbourne (Australia, that is…) earlier today, there were many people there already. Families were there having picnics, doggies were enjoying themselves although they could not roam free (they had to be on leashes at the gardens…. but hey, a day out is still a treat) and many people were walking about taking photos...

Pink rose © Evelyn Howard 2010

I found a rose section. The wind was blowing and the sun was high, so it was a challenge to take a nice close-up. This is my best shot I think…

Pink rose buds © Evelyn Howard 2010

My point and shoot works well sometimes…

Melbourne Botanical Gardens © Evelyn Howard 2010

Interesting flowers (I am assuming these are flowers) that I have never seen on this tree before.

Melbourne Botanical Gardens © Evelyn Howard 2010

Here is the tree… 

Update: Origa-me has kindly informed that this plant is Xanthorrhoea australis, which is a native of Australia. Please click on the link for more information.

TodaysFlowersHope you are enjoying your weekend. I am going out again while the sun is still out… I love days like this :)

Visit Today’s Flowers for more blooms. 

7 comments:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Beautiful flowers and that tree has a similar look to the Australian Grass tree. Very cool shot, I love it.

chubskulit said...

Are those candles on top of it? Very pretty!

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Genie said...

Your roses are beautiful, but the candle like blooms rising from the top of the tree are most interesting and unique. I have not a clue as to what they are but would love to know. I think your point and shoot does a great job with behind the shutter. Nice shots.

Indrani said...

Wow! Strange and beautiful. I have never seen something like this before. :)

Julie said...

Those are strange blooms out the top of those trees! Your rose shots are so pretty. Glad your day was spectacular for it!!!

Elaine said...

Wow! These are so unusual. I've never seen anything quite like it. I enjoyed going on the tour of your arboretum with you......glad you're enjoying your Spring day! :)

origa-me said...

The plant is the grass tree Xanthorreoa australis. a native of Australia. The flower spikes, thats what they are, can be about 2m. tall. Aboriginal people steeped them in water to make a honeyed drink. As children we called them kangaroo tails and hopped around with them pretending to be kangaroos:p

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