Begonia for sale during the exhibit.
Last Sunday, March 02, 2014 we attended the New South Wales Begonia Society’s 25th Exhibition and Sale at the Bloomin’ Greenery Nursery in Annagrove. The weather was not that good along the way as well as when we arrived there, the rain poured down heavily but still we saw many customers and enthusiasts of Begonia attending the exhibition.
Another Begonia variety.
By the way Begonias are a very popular indoor plant as well as a garden plant and come in a number of varieties including: Cane Begonias, Rhizomatous Begonias, Wax Begonias and Tuberous Begonias. All are different in growth habit and appearance.
Raindrops on the Begonias.
The nursery has huge three glasshouses all with Begonias and because it was raining we didn’t go that far. The owners said that there are more at the back of these glasshouses, and because of that I haven’t had the chance to take more photos of all that was there inside these nurseries.
One of the Begonia varieties at home.
It was here that I saw heaps of Begonia varieties. We have some already of the varieties at home but that accounts for just a few ones. Many customers who were there were the middle aged people who love gardening and plants. There was also a talk show on how these plants can be grown, the many varieties of it, hands on demonstration, cuttings, potting, etc.
All Begonias …
The Chinoiserie garden.
This is a unique garden in the sense that rare plants can be found here aside from its famous peonies, a plant collector’s garden. The place is about an hour drive from the town centre of Mittagong, New South Wales. We visited this garden spring of last year during the Tulip Time.
The garden is less than an acre in area but within it are the awesome plants that I haven’t seen from other gardens that we already visited in New South Wales.
The Chinoiserie house (man in hat is the owner).
During that time there were an abundance of flowers in varying colours and kinds that I don’t know which of which will I go take a photo first. So, I decided to snap on the big flowers first and later photographed the small ones. I saw one gardener, just one, who goes around the garden doing some watering and transplanting plants, etc., and not until we bought some plants from him did we came to know that he is the owner of the garden and the house.
We were surprised to know also that he has a glasshouse not far from this garden where more plants can be found.
The peonies in abundance.
A closer look at the peonies.
Here are some photos of plants and flowers I took from this garden and due to limited time I missed to enquire about their names from the owner.
Another attraction of the garden is this elegant oriental hut complemented by little Buddha and potteries at the right side of it. I don’t know if the owner has a plan to expand this further to a bigger Chinese Garden or so.
The oriental hut at the far end of the garden.
Some pots aligned at the right hand side of the hut together with three little Buddha.
Carss Bush Park
They call the place as the Carss Bush Park named after William Carss who originally owned the place (1854-178).
The park is a foreshore from Kogarah’s bay just off the Carwar Avenue covering an area of 25 hectares. Carss Bush Park offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and services. These include the Carss Park Café and Grill, the Kogarah War Memorial Olympic Swimming Pool, sports fields, bushland, playground areas, picnic and BBQ facilities, an intertidal swimming area, a Life Savers building, internal car parks, a stage area and other amenities and infrastructure.
We were here yesterday, and I enjoyed taking photos of the bushland and its wildlife. There were many people that day, all of the shaded picnic areas were occupied and some just laid down some picnic blankets on the grass to place their foods, etc. One big event, a birthday celebration was celebrated under the big trees just down or off the road and parking area.
Here are some photos of the wildlife I took from here.
The Lorikits are here in abundance.
A rare tree I found here.
Fruits of a shrub.
A spider on the web.
A fly. One flew away when I accidentally touched the stem they were resting on while focusing my lens.
Another kind of bird in the bush.