Rise and Shine

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.


Long Forest Bacchus Marsh

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.

Melton Botanic Gardens

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.