This post should possibly be titled ‘A Short visit to a Native Australian Botanic Garden’ because the day did not turn out quite as planned, but never mind, there is still something to share.
We are very fortunate in Victoria to have had a new addition to the Royal Botanical Gardens in recent years. The new addition is at Cranbourne on Melbourne’s South Eastern outskirts. What makes these gardens special is that they consist only of native species.
The gardens opened in 2006 and our little family visited soon after the opening. All but the last photo here are from 2006 (click on any to enlarge). Note the blue sky.
Today we returned to see what had changed and to hopefully get some ideas for developing a garden of bird attracting species of our own.
Today’s visit was cut short. We had headed off on a sunny warm afternoon for the hour and a half trip toward Melbourne without checking the weather. It is unusual for us to head out without having some idea of the forecast, but there you go, it happens.
By the time we had reached the gate of the garden the clouds had rolled across the blue sky. After a very belated check of the weather radar on D’s phone it was clear a storm front was rolling in. Oh. After a quick conference we decided we had come this far, we might as well have a look and we could beat a hasty retreat to the café if need be and pop back out when the storm passed. After all, it’s only a bit of rain isn’t it?!
Ha! This was a storm to be reckoned with and we were soon heading for the car and home. At one stage we drove through an area that looked like it had been snowing. Further investigation revealed hail the size of large marbles. In the end we were just happy to get home safe and sound.
So, although I had plans of sharing with you a whole series of posts focusing on different native species, the trip resulted only in a few hurried snaps as the sky darkened and the wind began to whip up. But I did manage to snap a few interesting plants and I’ll be back tomorrow to share them!