Thursday, July 13, 2017

Royal Botanic Gardens - Cranbourne Pt 1

Before we bashed off to Europe, we went to see the new twinnies in hospital, with niece Little Jo in tow. Upsettingly Little Jo only got to see them for a minute before she was booted out because she was a non sibling and less than 12 years old. Uncle R stayed with the twins, but the best place he could have been was outside to comfort Little Jo. I tried but I was inadequate. R has a special relationship with Little Jo. I'm the grumpy uncle.

We then journeyed on to Royal Botanical Gardens of Victoria, the Cranbourne branch. If you find the more traditional type of English botanic gardens more interesting, perhaps this post might be more to your caring.

Many years ago we saw the gardens at Cranbourne, shortly after it first opened to the public. We thought it was ok and had potential. And boy did it have potential. It is now officially fabulous. I won't say they are all Australian plants as I can't confirm that, but let us say mostly Australian plants. We arrived and found a car space quickly enough. We had some lunch at the cafe before setting forth.


I think these are Sheoaks. Just for once, I will still my fingers and let the pictures tell most of the story. Little Jo seemed to enjoy herself. Part 2 soon.




Note the flood markers.


The colours of our Australian outback.











This Boab or bottle tree stores water within its trunk for long term desert survival.








I'll break here only because it is half of the photos.

20 comments:

  1. Andrew I love Australian outback more photos please. A fantastic red soil

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    1. Gosia, you will fly over the red soil of Australia when you visit.

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  2. It looks fabulous. And how wonderful when something reaches/exceeds its potential.

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    1. EC, yes, indeed. It was so raw when we first saw and we were so surprised at how it turned out.

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  3. Cranbourne is secret men's business, because that is where their golf club is. So your post is the first time I have ever heard the Royal Botanic Garden having a branch there.
    Shame on the golfers for not mentioning these gardens.

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    1. Hels, he has kept it a secret from you. You are owed an outing to see the the gardens. Do the train with the commentary. We didn't but will next time.

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  4. Yep, that's the outback alright. Terracotta coloured soil, low grey leafed plants. I remember it well.
    The park looks very nice, a good place to wander with a camera, nicely planned out too.

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    1. River, you remember red soil and so must remember red dust. Really well laid out, true.

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  5. Love the red soil !

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    1. Gattina, it is the dominant colour of most of Australia, just not the bits where most people live.

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  6. I like the idea of it being Australian plants. A little bit of the red centre on your doorstep.

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    1. Marie, our plants are very diverse and interesting, but for within our large cities, exotic plants are best.

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  7. I hope you didn't have to travel home by train tonight, Andrew!

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    1. Rozzie, it was my day off and so no train travel today. What as disaster. I reread someone's post from a couple of years ago, and there is a totally separate back up system but it takes about 50 minutes to get up and running. My thought is, there needs to be a second system elsewhere and already operating in parallel to the main system.

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  8. Great photos Andrew, the botanic gardens look beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Sami. More to come.

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  9. Wonderful series of images Andrew. Botanical gardens rate high up on the list of things to do and see when on holiday for me, I love our own in Kings Park. I think you'll find plants from around the world in most botanical gardens. Looking forward to more!

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    1. Grace, your Kings Park is quite special. I would like to hope that this place is only natives.

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  10. Quite beautiful photos of the gardens and colors.

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    1. Strayer, the snooty in our society might never go anywhere near Cranbourne, but they will be missing out.

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