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.
A lovely orchid variety on show at that time
This was one of the biggest orchids show I’ve seen here in Sydney showcasing all if not some of the varieties of orchids which was held in Dural, New South Wales during the early part of Spring 2013. It was patronized by garden and flower lovers and organized by the orchid’s growers within Sydney, free advice to all buyers on how to plant, care and grow them well. Orchids are one of the lovely flowers I love because of their deep colours, abundance of flowers in a single stem and takes for a while before they wilt down.
We bought some of them, too. I don’t know if you love orchids too, as I do … More photos of orchids at the sidebar.
Could this be the orchid’s variety you love to have?
Lovely red tulip
The tulip festival in Bowral, Wollongong, New South Wales is called Tulip Time Festival, a showcase of all the varieties of tulips planted in the Corvett Gardens at the town centre, Street Fair in Wingecarribee Street, and the much loved annual Street Parade filled with floats, vintage cars, marching bands and an afternoon of entertainment and live music in the Corvett Gardens.
This was my first time to attend the festival here but my second time to witness a tulip festival; the first was during a Floriade in Canbera, ACT two years ago. We arrived an hour early before the official opening of the Corvett Gardens and because of that we had the chance to roam around the town and to some other parks of Bowral.
Well, as usual whenever a festival is held, there always is the problem of limited car parks but as always the festival is worth every hassle like this. Tulip is one of the many flowers I love most and this festival was so glorious and captivating that this festival was scheduled for a week long show and most people who attended it were those who have the interest in gardening and flowers.
Awesome tulip time
There was an entry fee to the tulip gardens and once it was opened, visitors like us started photographing themselves with the tulips as their background. The flowers were lovely, fresh and no sign yet of ageing that was why they were very attractive and invigorating, a good subject for photography.
The lady photographer in action
Indeed, there was one photographer complete with gears that started taking photos inside the garden before the official opening and still was on action when all visitors were already allowed entry, perhaps she was shooting while enjoying the beauty of the flowers. Yes, the tulips were absolutely beautiful and the gardeners who prepared them well in time for the festival were truly experts in their field and art and are one of the kind that the show organizers, I believed should have given due recognition, too.