Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A visit to the Botanic Gardens Part 1

R has finally properly retired. My last day off work before he finished work was a bit weird. I wanted to take advantage of not telling anyone where I was going or what I was doing for the last time. I simply walked to the Botanic Gardens, something I could do quite happily with R anyway.

Cactus are not my favourite plant, nevertheless, I admired the ones that surrounded the volcano in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Victoria.I took lots of photos and I'd better break this into two posts.

How would it be to live in the apartment block overlooking the gardens.


This is a cactus.


This is cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is the volcano, renovated and filled with water.


This is a cactus.



The water reticulation system. Water is pumped uphill and then flows downhill. Remarkable?


These plant islands float around and their roots purify the water and add good bacteria.


This is a cactus.


City views, all very phallic.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus. Ever so phallic.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


This is a cactus.


Not so sure that this is a cactus.


Not cactus, surely.


Could be cactus.


No more cactus in part 2.

19 comments:

  1. Ha! I guess cactus really isn't your favorite plant... and you don't really care whether it's a cactus, a succulent, a palm, or anything else. I'd love having an apartment overlooking those gardens. You'd be all the time muttering about the damn cactus.

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    1. Mitchell, no cactus aren't my favourites, but I rather like what has been done with the space and I think it works well. There are lots of other things in the gardens to look at from those apartments.

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  2. I need a garden of my own, but would love to visit those apartments and gaze at the Botanic Gardens. Wonderful places, and I love that yours seems to be not tucked away. Ours is beautiful, but a distance away from things.

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    1. EC, Canberra is almost like one large native garden, with islands of buildings. That area in the gardens was derelict and overgrown a few years ago.

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  3. Amongst all those 'this is a cactus' was one lone 'this is cactus'. Does the missing 'a' mean that one was out of order or worse still dead or was that just a boring old typo?

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    1. Lol Victor. Trust you.

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  4. Andrew, you have o lot of types of cactus. I have a lot of them in my summer house because I don't have to water them very often and it's comfortable for me.
    Andrew, What age do you retire in Australia? In Poland at 67 just a challenge,...

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    1. Gosia, they are so easy to look after and exciting when one flowers.

      There is no longer a retirement age, but superannuation is available from the age of 60 and the government pension at 65, although this is increasing to 67 over the next few years and just catches me out. :-(

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  5. I have 1 cactus it's about 6 inches high and just produced a baby I know they are slow growing but that is just crazy, I had the thing for about 20 years, so I am not too fond of them.
    I like the idea of a floating island cleaning the water we should have them in our dams and rivers.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, I am surprised that among all of your plants there is only one cactus. They do grow slowly.

      Sometimes there are plants that grow naturally in water that do a similar job.

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  6. I read "this is a cactus" scrolled down and read "this is a cactus" then again "this is a cactus" and burst out laughing! Then I laughed right though the post....ha ha, "this is a cactus"
    They are beautiful plants, my mum had a whole yard of different types up in Port Pirie where they did extremely well in the dry heat. I won't be planting any here though, too many elderly people who might stumble and fall into the spikes and maybe put an eye out.

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    1. River, did you catch, as Victor pointed out, where I made the typo, This is cactus, omitting the 'a'.

      Yes, they would be ideal in PP, but as for old people, not great in a back yard where kids play.

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    2. No, I didn't catch it, had to go back and look when Victor mentioned it. I had cactus and succulents in my previous home, but in the back yard which was closed off. I know they're on the blog somewhere.

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  7. I thought the cacti garden would still be looking awful after those vandals hacked them to bits a few months ago.

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    1. Ad Rad, I think it was a bit longer ago than a few months. I saw the damage after it was done, but yes, they have recovered well. See tomorrow's post for real fair dinkum malicious vandalism.

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  8. Very nice stroll through the botanic garden Andrew, lots o' cacti :) so now that R has officially retired will you be expecting dinner on the table when you get home from work? P never did 'expect' dinner which made it a nice surprise when it did happen :)

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    1. Grace, it always is on the table at dinner time. I don't ask for it, but I very much appreciate it.

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  9. And, I love cactus. Someone has to.

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    1. Rubye, I am not a cactus hater, I am just not keen on them.

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