Waterloo Cemetery has a peaceful outlook across the paddocks, an impressive entrance with a niche wall located behind a stone wall and native grass underfoot.
The Geelong Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to visit in the summer. There are always some interesting flowers, seed or shapes.
The Rise and Shine Reserve near Newstead, gets a lot of mentions in the wonderful Natural Newstead blog, particularly for the birdlife. Last week there were still lots of orchids to see and plenty of water in the small waterholes and many other interesting flowers.
Millotia muelleri Common bow-flower
Glossodia major Wax-lip Orchid
Drosera glanduligera Scarlet sundew
Caladenia parva Small Spider-orchid
Caladenia caerulea Blue Caladenia
Actinobile uliginosa-Flannel cudweed
Acacia paradoxa – Hedge Wattle
When the water started to flow in the Werribee River in the Wombat forest a few weeks ago, it must have been a sight to behold. There is a walk to take that gives great views up and down onto the river.
wood ready for the bbq
Near Ballan is a lovely little reservoir managed by Barwon Water. There are picnic tables if you want to spend some time there looking at the water birds. With the latest lot of rain there is probably even more water going over the spillway.
Long Forest is a small patch of mallee woodland not far from the Western Highway at Bacchus Marsh. The Coimadai Creek flows through part of the nature conservation reserve. Orchids are flowering as are the wattles.
We paid another visit to this relatively new botanic garden on the weekend. It was great to see so much water in the lake on Ryans Creek and the river red gums are magnificent. Lots of planting has taken place since I was there in May 2015.
While it is pleasing to see that the natural areas are being added too, I can’t help being attracted to the colorful flowers and this time it was the daisies that were the highlight.