New Farm Park, Brisbane

Saturday, January 21, 2012

BLOOMIN' BEAUTIFUL

During our tour of Port Augusta in South Australia we visited the 'Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden' It was established in 1993 to provide an international, arid zone ecosystem, research centre and to provide a wider appreciation of Australia's arid zone flora.The myriad of highly evolved plants are adapted to extreme temperatures and years of drought. They are fragile, complex and they are not found anywhere else in the world.  Here are just a few:




27 comments:

  1. Diane, beautiful post! The flowers are all gorgeous and colorful. I love the blossoms in the second photo, very pretty. Happy weekend!

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  2. beautiful plants and flowers and your photography skills are showing. beautiful photos

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  3. Woke up this morning to alot of rain and now fog.... SO--it's wonderful to open a blog and see these beautiful flowers... I love to visit botanic gardens... Gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. The plants look spectacular against that red earth. I'm glad someone had to foresight to nurture them in a Botanic Garden. It's too easy to lose these precious pieces of nature.

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  5. Wow what interesting flowers and it is amazing how lovely the blooms are for "arid" flora.

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  6. I don't usually associate arid zones and beautiful blossoms, but the wildflowers you've shown are gorgeous as well as hardy.

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  7. Like your small frame in each one of the pictures.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  8. Love the exoticism of Australian flowers:)

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  9. Diane
    Great flower shots.
    Those red lotus looking plants with black eyes ( very prawn looking to my eyes) - I am sure that I have seen them available in nurseries here in pot plants.
    Would this be so? Do you know their name?
    I am off for my early morning walk and I will note carefully the hanging pots in the streets. I am sure I have seen them growing here in Brisbane.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  10. lovely photos and i love the close ups. i always remember my mother growing kangaroo paw. it was difficult to grow in suburban adelaide and she had to send away for the seeds. these days they are in plentiful supply at the nurseries. it's been nice seeing posts about my home state.

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  11. Wow some lovely photos you have shared with us today I do like them.

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  12. Colin: They are called Sturts Desert Pea. I haven't seen them here.

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  13. Thankyou for these. They bring back memories. We went to these botanical gardens about 5 years ago now.They are beautiful and inspirational.

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  14. Thanks Diane.
    Walk achieved no sightings!
    However, many hanging baskets just had the green leaves and no flowers?
    Someone else here in Australia may have seen them outside the desert conditions? I just know I have seen them before - Terrigal, St.Ives, those Hunter Valley gardens or Young?????
    Cheers
    Colin

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  15. I like the two red ones. They are very unique. I particularly like the evergreen one. It's very Christmasy looking.

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  16. More lovely photos of astonishing flowers! I never knew about the Botanic Garden in Port Augusta.

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  17. Oooh, I love the Sturt Desert Pea. Bizarre and, according to my twelve year old, 'butt ugly' but I reckon they're beautiful. Terrific pics.

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  18. I was so excited when I saw the Sturt's Desert Peas in the wild. I went to this botanic garden and was astounded at the variety of plants and I had already photographed hundreds before I got there. It's a great spot.

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  19. wow, diane, what beautiful flower shots! great blooms!

    thanks for brightening my day!

    hope you're having a great weekend!
    betty

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  20. Brilliant stuff! This is one place that's on my must-visit list. We really do have such a wealth of beautiful native flora.

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  21. I think I have never seen these flowers ! Especially the second picture where the flower looks like a red shaving brush !

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  22. BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful array of wildflowers.

    Can you tell me what software program you are using for doing your collages and your large picture with the smaller enlargement included (like above). I love this look and would like to incorporate it on my blog also. Thanks Diane.

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  23. A few of these have been imported to California and I see them around. It's nice to have a bit of Australia here!

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  24. Diane, your photos are spectacular! Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Great photos and a place that is doing excellent work! Preserve natural areas and plant what belongs there!

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  26. What a wonderful botanic garden! I just love seeing the plants that have adapted to this drought ridden region. What a fantastic resource for those who live in the area.

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