Friday, 17 April 2015

SUNRISE ON THE YARRA

One of the most serene sights in the City: Sunrise over the Yarra River from Queen's Bridge, looking towards the East and the Sandridge Bridge.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 109 - CALLISTEMON

Bottlebrushes are members of the genus Callistemon and belong to the family Myrtaceae. They are closely related to paperbark melaleucas, which also have 'bottlebrush' shaped flower spikes. It is difficult to tell to which genus some species belong. Botanists are currently closely studying these plants to determine how they are best classified.

There are 40 species currently called Callistemon. Most of these occur in the east and south-east of Australia. Two species occur in the south-west of Western Australia and four species in New Caledonia. Bottlebrushes can be found growing from Australia's tropical north to the temperate south. They often grow in damp or wet conditions such as along creek beds or in areas which are prone to floods.

The flower spikes of bottlebrushes form in spring and summer and are made up of a number of individual flowers. The pollen of the flower forms on the tip of a long coloured stalk called a filament. It is these filaments which give the flower spike its colour and distinctive 'bottlebrush' shape. The filaments are usually yellow or red, sometimes the pollen also adds a bright yellow flush to the flower spikes. Each flower produces a small woody fruit containing hundreds of tiny seeds. These fruits form in clusters along the stem, and are usually held on the plant for many years. The seeds are usually not released from the fruits for several years, but in some species the fruits open after about a year. Fire also stimulates the opening of the fruits in some bottlebrushes. The new leaves of many bottlebrushes are very ornamental. The leaves are often coloured and, in some species, they are covered with fine, soft hairs.

Bottlebrushes make excellent garden plants. Plants are all woody shrubs which range from 0.5 m to 4 m tall. The flowers can be spectacular and are irresistible to nectar-feeding birds and insects. Most species are frost tolerant. The popularity of bottlebrushes as garden plants commenced soon after European settlement and Crimson Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) was introduced to Britain by Joseph Banks in 1789. Many species can tolerate (or thrive in) damp conditions, yet most are very hardy and will tolerate drought and limited maintenance. They grow well in a wide variety of soils, except those which are highly alkaline. Plants grown in full sun produce the best flowers.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.





Wednesday, 15 April 2015

MORNINGTON BEACH

Mornington is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, located 57 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. It is in the local government area of the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. Mornington is known for its "village" atmosphere and its beautiful beaches. Mornington is a popular tourist destination with Melburnians who often make day trips to visit the area's bay beaches and wineries. The town centre runs into the foreshore area and local beach.

We spent a rather fine Sunday there last week, when the weather was beautifully autumnal - sunny, and mild enough to enjoy the pleasures of the beach.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.






Tuesday, 14 April 2015

BOTANIC GARDENS WALK

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne are internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are 38 hectares of landscaped gardens consisting of a mix of native and non-native vegetation including over 10,000 individual species. The Botanic Gardens opened in 1846.

They are widely regarded as the finest botanical gardens in Australia, and among the best in the world. However, the gardens are also noted for their historical contribution to the introduction of invasive species. The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are adjacent to a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra River known as the Domain Parklands, which includes; Kings Domain Alexandra Gardens Queen Victoria Gardens.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.








Monday, 13 April 2015

HOSIER LANE

I have posted elsewhere about one of the top graffiti locales in Melbourne, Hosier Lane. This place provides an ever-changing gallery of street art, graffiti, tagging some good some bad. If you stroll through and find nothing that tickles your fancy, come again next week and you'll see something that you love!

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme.

DEEP CREEK RESERVE

Deep Creek Reserve is a bushland reserve along the Main Yarra Trail and Mullum-Mullum Creek in Warrandyte, an outer suburb of Melbourne. Another area of natural beauty within easy reach of Melbourne's CBD.

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.



Friday, 10 April 2015

PARKLANDS SKIES

The Darebin Parklands is a stunning example of thirty-three hectares of regenerated bushland, with indigenous vegetation, echidna, lizards, snakes, possums, flying foxes and more than fifty bird species.

The biodiversity of the Darebin Creek is not obvious at first. Walking along the creek the signs of careful planting by the rangers and Friends of Darebin Parklands becomes obvious with healthy clumps of native grasses and blooming wattles. The Parklands are a beautiful green, open space close to the City and al the better for us as they are within walking distance of our home!

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.





Thursday, 9 April 2015

BUYING FLOWERS

Melburnians love flowers, so popular stalls in the Kingsbury Drive Sunday Market in Bundoora, are the ones selling cut flowers. Every Sunday of the year, there is always something to buy and lots more to admire!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.






Wednesday, 8 April 2015

YARRA VIEW

A view towards the East, across Melbourne City and the Sandridge Bridge. The Sandridge Bridge is a disused railway bridge, joining Melbourne City and Southbank. The first bridge was built in 1853, the second bridge built 1858, and the current bridge built in 1888. Former rail bridge for the Port Melbourne and St Kilda railway lines, first rail crossing of the Yarra, converted to pedestrian use in 2006.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.