Friday, 15 December 2017

Mackay Botanic Gardens, Queensland

We visited Mackay Botanic Gardens when we were there in Winter 2017 and it was a warm humid morning.

The photo below is the Aloe Vera plant with the flower beginning and in full bloom along with a few other flowers and a feathered friend.










30 comments:

  1. Lovely shots. The dove looked a little shocked, didn't she.

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  2. Such a beautiful place and the photos are wonderful. Warm greetings!

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  3. Botanic gardens are always really interesting places to visit and they reinforce the fact that I am woefully inadequate as to plant identification. With birds I do a little better - nice shot of the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata).

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    1. Well there you go, you know the names of the birds and I don't. My husband knows many plant names so I ask him :)

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  4. Our aloe vera has never flowered. Nice to see what I can hope for.
    Love the pigeon.

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    1. Must look up how old they have to be before they flowers, never seen one in flower myself until we visited.

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  5. Neat----and I agree, the dove looks quite surprised.

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    1. I expect that dove wasn't expecting anyone as it was rather tame.

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  6. That's a pretty dove. I like aloe vera but the flowers are messy when they die down, a bit like agapanthus.

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    1. Have never seen the Aloe Vera plant in bloom before until when we visited.
      We have had agapanthus growing in our garden, have dwarf ones out the front now.

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  7. Hello Margaret,
    Wonderful shots of all these special plants. Wonderful.
    Nice shot of that beautiful kind of dove.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thanks Marco, it's always good to see something that grows in different areas of Australia, such a large country.

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    1. Nice place, not a lot of colour due to being in the tropics.

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  9. Thanks for sharing these exotic blooms to brighten my day!

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  10. That Aloe Vera plant I recall or an extremely similar variety use to grow wild in the Moree and that region of Australia. It was the curse of sheep graziers.
    Now of course the Moree area etc has been taken over by "King Cotton" and we won't go into the water problems that has caused the grazing fraternity.

    I recall as a young kid that at mustering times, rogue "mickey" bulls would hide in these huge aloe areas. No way could you get a horse to go in after them, plus also these aloe "plantation" were hideaways for the feral pigs.

    Controlled in botanic gardens, they look OK. Let them loose and God help us.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Interesting Colin about Aloe Vera pigs and horses. Can imagine what you said.
      Thanks for that information.

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  11. Looks a lovely garden.
    I enjoyed seeing your photographs.

    All the best Jan

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  12. The botanical gardens are very beautiful, as are your photos.

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