Atop the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre, London) you’ll find a garden. A few months ago I posted this bee photo and said I’d follow up with a post about the garden itself.
The trees and other plantings provide a pleasant spot to relax for a while.
Bubbly is optional. 😉
From the Waterlily House, Kew Gardens. I think these lotus flowers might be past their peak!
There’s no sense of scale in these photos but these are actually tree ferns, taller than I am. They were growing in a gully so I was able to take photos at eye level as I climbed up.
It might be type of bottlebrush (callistemon), but I really don’t know. It’s another of those Aussie bush plants I can never remember! The flower is pretty, though. I saw it in the Perth Botanic Gardens but did not think to photograph its label. 😦
Gore Hill Cemetery, established in 1868, can be found in the northern Sydney suburb of St Leonards. It’s a marvellous retreat from the city bustle that surrounds it, and when I worked nearby I often went for a wander on my lunch hour. In spring, the wisteria tumbles exuberantly over old worn gravestones. These photos are from last spring.
The Royal Botanic Gardens has a free display called “Plants with Bite” in the Calyx building. If you’re in Sydney while it’s on, it’s well worth a visit. These plants are not what most people would call attractive, but they’re certainly impressive. There’s even a feeding time session, which I wasn’t aware of, and although it seems aimed at children I think it would be fascinating.