NOTE: I would like to share with you through these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional experience as though you were actually there with us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to a different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were really there looking at the actual scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.
http://www.romastreetparkland.qld.gov.au/ which says in the Front page: The world’s largest urban subtropical garden, Roma Street Parkland is a garden-lover’s paradise with distinct precincts showing off a diversity of plants – from arid climate succulents to rainforest ferns, coastal wetland species and a spectacular, ever-changing display of annuals in the aptly named Spectacle Garden. Wide open spaces perfect for a picnic or barbecue, children’s play stations, unique artwork and fabulous city views ensure there’s something for everyone. Explore it on foot or catch a train ride… it’s yours to enjoy.
GARDENS …. Fern Gully ….
GARDENS …. Subtropical Garden ….
Subtropical gardening is a style of gardening in which an attempt is made to create a garden in a temperate climate such that it appears to be in a much warmer climate. “The lure of the beauty of tropical landscapes like those found in Hawaii, Key West, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bali, and other exotic locales is undeniable. Such beauty has an almost irresistible appeal . . . It is the stuff dreams are made of” (Riffle, 1998).
This style of gardening is based on what has been dubbed the “tropical look.” “The tropical look is a bit difficult to define with words alone, but its components include all palms” as very important and distinctive subjects, “all plants with relatively large or boldly shaped foliage and flowers, and all plants with colored or variegated leaves and large and spectacular flowers and flower clusters . . .The tropical look is also based generally on evergreen plants, especially large-leaved herbaceous plants like bananas, bold-leaved trees, and ferns. In short, the tropical look is one of flamboyant forms and contrast.” (Riffle, 1998).
The tropical look can also be considered to include many exotic xeric plants, not just plants that give the appearance of a rainforest or jungle. “The climax community aspect of [desert] areas is uniquely exotic, tropical and colorful” (Riffle, 1998).
Agapanthus: (From this website)
The commonly grown agapanthus flower, often called Lily of the Nile, was introduced to Australia from South Africa. There are now more varieties of this genus than ever before, so if you’re like me and summer goes hand in hand with these happy blue sparklers, you’ll be delighted to discover the new varieties are as easy to grow as the common sky-blue form.
The genus name means flower of love, from the Greek agape, meaning love, and anthos, meaning flower. Agapanthus have long, fleshy leaves that form dense clumps of evergreen or deciduous foliage (choose evergreen forms for all-year action). Tall stems tower above, bearing heads of bell-shaped or tubular flowers, in shades of blue, purple or white. In frost-free climates, flowers of evergreen varieties appear over a long season; in cooler zones, summer is the principal flowering season. Agapanthus ranges in height from 20cm for dwarf forms, while giants can be up to two metres.
….. A subtropical section of the garden with a dark green Allamanda vine growing up some trees. It has yellow tubular flowers on the vine ……
Ixoras are native to the tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, with many of them in tropical Asia. These plants typically can’t handle frosts, so if you are in a frost- prone area these may not be for you. Some Ixoras are more prone to being cold affected, while others can handle a little bit of cold.
Ixoras have dark green leathery leaves and produce large clusters of tiny flowers in the summer and autumn. The more common Ixoras usually have orange, gold, pink or red flowers.
The Central Lake ….. collects all the Rainwater Runoff In The Garden Which Then is used for:
- Irrigation of the whole garden
- A Central Aesthetic Centre To The Garden
- The Water is the Reticulated as Streams and Waterfalls
- A Place For Wild Birds like Ducks To Inhabit
Macaranga is a large genus of Old World tropical trees of the family Euphorbiaceae and the only genus in the subtribe Macaranginae.
Macaranga tanarius occurs north of Lismore in New South Wales, along the entire coast of Queensland, coastal Darwin and Arnhem Land and into south-east Asia. As a pioneer plant, it grows in or near coastal rainforest, often common in secondary regrowth on areas of cleared rainforest
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