Thursday, 27 November 2014


We are very lucky in Melbourne to have both the climate and the passionate gardeners, which conspire to bring about colourful, flower-filled gardens and streets. While walking this morning, we saw this house, which had three blooming trees in a row: A pink oleander, a blue jacaranda and a yellow tree grevillea.

Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, potentially toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium. It is most commonly known as oleander, from its superficial resemblance to the unrelated olive Olea. It is so widely cultivated that no precise region of origin has been identified, though southwest Asia has been suggested. It is grown for its single or double flowers in many colours.

Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central America, South America, Cuba, Hispaniola , Jamaica and the Bahamas. It has been planted widely in Asia, especially in Nepal. It has been introduced to most tropical and subtropical regions. The genus name is also used as the common name. Jacaranda caerulea, the species shown here is the commonest ornamental species grown for its abundant, fragrant flowers.

Grevillea robusta, commonly known as the southern silky oak or silky oak, or Australian silver oak, is the largest species in the genus Grevillea of the family Proteaceae. It is not closely related to the true oaks, Quercus. It is a native of eastern coastal Australia, in riverine, subtropical and dry rainforest environments receiving more than 1,000 mm per year of average rainfall. The tree is grown as ornamental for its abundant orange-yellow flowers in early summer.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


  1. Oh Nick, seeing these pics I can barely contain my envy. Living in such surroundings! Especially now that our landscape and gardens are pretty drab for the foreseeable future.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to enjoy it vicariously.

  2. You are lucky to have all these beautiful flowering trees there! Beautiful!

  3. Jacaranda has the most stunning and impressive colour, especially when the trees run down both sides of a road and arch in towards the centre. Then the purple blue blooms create a long sea of gorgeous colour.

  4. Wonderful plants! We get Winter here and have no bloomer.


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