It is most definitely summer here in Sydney. On the one hand, I'm a bit disappointed because going for walks during the day is out of the question now. On the other hand, there are magnificent gardenias blooming all over the neighbourhood. Pictured above are gardenias from my Dad's garden and they smell divine! There are actually two types of gardenia flowers. There's the large flowers pictured above and then there's your small button hole gardenias which are a about the size of a 50 cent piece. I think the small ones have more scent, but the big blossoms (about as big as your hand or bigger) are my favourite. Meanwhile, here are a couple of lovely Georgia O'Keeffe flower paintings which I was attempting to emulate in the photos above.
Architectural Digest isn't just about buildings and interiors! They have a section where they showcase photos of gardens from around the world. There are all sorts of gardens shown from very trad topiaried gardens with box hedges to wild and scruffy grass gardens. I think my favourites are somewhere in between. I am also very partial to an avenue of trees or a walkway surrounded with foliage. What about you? What are your favourite garden designs?
Some iPhone snaps I've taken recently on my travels. The architectural photos are from Darlinghurst. I took these photos as I was interested in the different ages/ styles of building design ranging from early Victorian to art deco and beyond. The flowers and pelican are from Centennial Park.
First of all there was the Zen Pug, and now there is the Zen Kitten. The zen kitten is contemplating the cherry blossom petals as they fall to the ground. She is concentrating very well on this task, but a very, very small part of her brain is occupied with wondering what she will have for dinner.
Ian McMaugh of Budwise Garden Design has created for himself a mini tropical garden jungle in the heart of inner city Redfern. The green layers of exotic plants are an oasis in the middle of a very urban environment. You can read more about his gardening philosophy here: The Design Files.
It's not quite spring yet, but the botanical Gardens in Sydney have lots of lovely flowers to admire. I spent an hour or two there this week attempting to capture the beauty of the flowers with my camera. The poppy field (photos one, two and three) near the rose garden at the top of the Botanics was a highlight, as were the rhododendrons down by the stream (bottom three photos).