Eucalyptus trees fascinate me. They are so different to the majestic oaks, elms and other northern hemisphere trees that I grew up with. These “gum” trees must have seemed so alien to the early European Settlers, trees that kept their leaves but shed their bark. Trees with such a distinct scent and unique flowers and seed pods.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens have a story to tell. They are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year.
This delightful “lily pad” platform is the latest addition to the gardens. What a wonderful place to sit and relax, a place for the kids to get down to water level to watch the ducks.
The Gatekeeper’s Cottage now houses information about the gardens, their history and their current purpose of conservation.
Formal gardens, a conservatory, a Japanese garden, lead to oak woodlands and eucalyptus woods. Footpaths meander through regional flower beds, with plants labelled to inform and educate.
It’s a joy to observe the changing seasons at these gardens. As summer ends, there are fewer colourful flowers than at other times of the year. However, there are vibrant greens, hints of autumn and views of Hobart’s harbour location.
I didn’t dismantle our driftwood tree, last Christmas. With a family birthday in early January, I changed it into a birthday tree. Then a friend set a challenge, could I keep the tree going all year, with a different theme each month?
Here is a summary of our year and our tree…..
Back at the beach
The photo challenge this week is 2017 Favorites. Which is your favourite tree?
This is our third non-traditional Christmas tree. Each year we create a tree from driftwood, rope, a few decorations, ribbon and garlands of bells. No tinsel in sight. I love the new Aussie animal decorations.
I actually made a second tree this year which travelled with us to Sydney, fully decorated, as a gift for our daughter, son-in-law and grandson 🙂