In Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens I came across what seemed to be a secret garden hidden off the main path. This cottage was built in 1850 to house the people who looked after the gardens. It is a traditional wooden 19th century home that you see a lot of in and around Melbourne. I thought that the garden in the foreground was worth including as the plants seem to frame the cottage nicely.
My second visit to a botanical gardens in Australia but this time I was really impressed, firstly with the size and secondly with the massive variety of plant life. After spending the whole day there walking around, looking at the wildlife and views of the city it should be high on any visitors must see list. Obviously you don’t need to spend all day there but I would at the very least recommend a walk through the gardens towards Mrs Macquarie’s chair and then back around the bay to the Opera House.
Many of the major cities in Australia seem to have fantastic parks and gardens where locals come jogging, cycling, walking and sun bathing (although not so much of the sun bathing in winter). Above is Brisbane City Botanic Gardens just by the river on an area known as Gardens Point. As you can see from the buildings in the background, it is close to the central business district of the city. The gardens include special collections of palms, figs and bamboo.
Bibury is a small village in the heart of the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Gloucestershire. After a short walk around the village, which was very busy with coach loads of tourists, I came across this small row of typical Cotswold cottages with their beautiful front gardens full of colourful flowers and plants. When I think of an English cottage, this is what I think of.