GPOD on the Road: Sydney, Australia

Hello, this is Cindy Strickland. I wanted to share a few scenes from an October 2017 trip I took to the area around Sydney, Australia.

Vaucluse House in Sydney AustraliaI enjoyed walking in and around the historic Vaucluse House and its garden.

view through trees to fountain and garden beyondThis is the fountain garden at the Vaucluse House.

tropical tree and other potted plants growing on a shady patioAnd here is the enclosed cool and shaded area adjacent to the house dominated by the tree fern and tower.

close up of unique bark pattern on a treeThe texture and patterns of the Australian straw tree fern (Cyathea cooperi) are remarkable.

close up of large red tropical flowersThe Alloxylon flammeum (its common names are red silky oak or tree waratah) has magnificent red flowers and is often cultivated as a small tree.

close up of floral display with unique flower shapesOutside a florist shop in the city there were buckets filled with bouquets of these flowers. I believe some of them are Protea, which are in the same family as the Alloxylon.

vintage post box surrounded by large, bright pink flowersOn a visit to Leura, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, I encountered this post box surrounded by gorgeous blooms.

mass planting of small pink and yellow flowers growing in front of a stone wallOn one of the harbor paths to the Opera House, this mass of flowers with the stone wall made a lovely vignette.

Finally, a colorful display of Australia seed packets


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Originally posted 2023-02-17 15:28:00.