Brisbane is lucky enough to have two botanic gardens: the original is in the city beside the river, and, in the 70s, the Mount Coot-tha botanic gardens were established at Toowong, an inner Western suburb, after the river broke its banks in the infamous 1974 floods.
The garden provides a tranquil oasis for city workers and students from the adjoining Queensland University of Technology.
|One shrub, widely planted throughout the garden that was in full flower was the Brazilian Red Cloak Megaskepasma erythrochlamys here with Spathiphyllum in the foreground.|
Although a different colour, the flower of the the Golden Candle plant Pachystachys lutea is similar to that of the Red Cloak. In both cases, the white flower appears in closely arranged coloured bracts.
|Spectacular buttress roots of a Moreton Bay Fig, native to the East Coast of Australia.|
|Pink mussaenda behind a bed of the striking foliage of calathea.|
|The Australian White Ibis - photogenic but a bit of a pest in Brisbane|
|The stunning Bismarck Palm|
|My presence was making this young swamphen chick nervous|
|Hot-footing it across the lily pads to escape|
|Adult Purple Swamphen|
|Swamphen family with even younger chick|
|More Brazilian Red Cloak|
|An ibis and swamphen on the rocks in front of a bank of Philodendron|
|If you look closely, you can see that the rock on the right is inhabited.|
|Here is lizard-in-residence, a handsome Eastern Water Dragon. I had a close encounter with one of his brothers in my previous post about the Gardens here|
|Another fancied a branch as his vantage point.|
|Tree fern frond|
|Brugmansia in flower, with I think the Caricature Plant Graptophylum pictum the mauve-toned shrub in the foreground|
|A tall Ixora|
|Another cordyline with both flowers and berry-like fruit|
|Old Parliament House at the end of the garden and start of the University.|
|Pentas and bromeliad|
|This mauve flowered largerstoemia or crepe myrtle had just abut finished blooming.|
|Selection of bromeliads|
|Pentas, gaura, bromeliads.|
|These beds were growing a kind of legume as green fertilizer.|
|One of the showiest of the autumn blooms in Brisbane, the Tibouchina.|
|As in my own garden, the daylilies are just finishing off.|
Hope you enjoyed your visit. I definitely won't leave it so long before I head back again.