Friday, 24 June 2016

MANDARINS

It's the season for picking fresh, luscious citrus ripened on the tree. We are lucky enough to have lemon, orange, grapefruit and mandarin trees in our garden. Perhaps no other citrus tastes as good as freshly picked sweet mandarins right off the tree on a blustery Winter's day like today in Melbourne. We had rain and wind and hail, but also little pockets of sunshine that made the fruit shine out like little golden orbs amongst the dark green foliage!

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the Food Friday meme,
and also part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme.



Thursday, 23 June 2016

START OF WATTLE SEASON

Wattles, also called acacias, are amazing Australian native plants. More than 850 species of wattle (Acacia spp; family Fabaceae) grow in Australia, ranging from ground covers and charming shrubs to giant trees that provide fine timber and screening. With this number of species and many cultivars there is a wattle for just about any garden in Australia.

Most wattles are quick growing, short-lived plants that will usually last for about seven to 12 years. Some species, however, are longer lived. If planted in a thicket, they will self-sow, which will mean that short lived plants are quickly replaced. Wattles are tolerant of a broad range of conditions. While there are wattle species which flower throughout the year, the winter-flowering species are particularly attractive in the landscape, where their bright yellow or cream flowers bring colour to the garden at a time when many of the more traditionally grown plants are bare or not flowering.

Currently, in the cold and wet Winter of Melbourne, the gold of the wattle flowering is beautiful in the green landscape. Especially so, when the days are fine and the sky is blue, the wattles reign supreme... The illustrated species is Acacia baileyana or Cootamundra wattle.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.






Wednesday, 22 June 2016

CRAIGIEBURN PONDS

Craigieburn is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. At the 2011 Census, Craigieburn had a population of 32,757, which is expected to double in the next 10 years. The suburb of Craigieburn ranges from halfway down Bridgewater Road to Mount Ridley. Most of Craigieburn is more than 200 metres above sea level, with Mount Ridley being the northernmost hill in northwestern metropolitan Melbourne, giving it clear views of Melbourne's central business district 29.7 km away.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



Tuesday, 21 June 2016

ST KILDA, ACLAND ST

Acland Street is a street in the Melbourne seaside suburb of St Kilda, which enjoys great popularity as a recreational area, mainly due to its many restaurants and its proximity to the entertainment areas along St Kilda beach. Acland Street runs on a north-west to south-east axis between Fitzroy and Barkly Streets. It was one of the first streets laid out when St Kilda was surveyed in 1842.

The north-west end of the street is largely residential, and features many fine houses from the late 19th century, some of them converted to flats or other uses, such as the Linden Gallery. The south-east end of the street, between Carlisle and Barkly Streets, is a commercial strip. The section of Acland Street between Barkly Street and Carlisle Street is a tram zone where route 96 terminates.

Near the junction of Carlisle St and Acland St is Luna Park, one of Australia's best-known amusement parks, which attracts large crowds during the summer. Almost next door is one of Melbourne's oldest theatres, The Palais. Also on Acland St is the St Kilda Army and Navy Club, which has been renovated and become a popular gambling venue.

These photos are from my archive and date from 2005. The locale, however, remains equally popular, vibrant and colourful today!

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.











Monday, 20 June 2016

BY TRAIN

Metro Trains Melbourne, known colloquially as simply 'Metro', is the franchise operator of the suburban railway network of Melbourne, Australia. Metro Trains Melbourne is a joint venture between the Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation (60%), John Holland Group (20%) and UGL Rail (20%).

Metro Trains Melbourne operates a fleet of 407 three-car train sets on 837 kilometres of track. There are sixteen regular service train lines and one special events train line. The train fleet travels over 30 million kilometres and provides more than 228 million customer boardings each year, over 14,000 services each week and carries over 415,000 passengers each weekday.

Metro Trains Melbourne is also responsible for 215 railway stations and employs a workforce of 3,500 rail professionals including train drivers, mechanical and electrical engineers, network operations specialists and customer service representatives. The actual railway tracks, infrastructure and rolling stock is owned by VicTrack on behalf of the State Government, and is leased to Public Transport Victoria which then sub-leases them to Metro Trains Melbourne.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.




Sunday, 19 June 2016

FLOODED CREEK

We've had some decent rainfall in the last few days and the Darebin Creek in Fairfield swelled up with all of the extra run-off. The ducks seemed to enjoy it!

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.






Saturday, 18 June 2016

SEAFARERS BRIDGE, NIGHT

The Seafarers Bridge is a footbridge over the Yarra River between Docklands and South Wharf in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The bridge connects the north and south banks of the river while providing a formal entrance to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The bridge main span is supported by steel ties connected to elliptical arches, with three arches on the north side and four arches on the south side. The bridge was named in homage to the ‘Mission to Seafarers’ centre located nearby on the northern bank of the Yarra River and to represent Melbourne’s rich maritime history.

This post is part of the Saturday Silhouettes meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.




Thursday, 16 June 2016

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 150 - CAPE WATTLE

Cape wattle (Paraserianthes lophantha, formerly Albizia lophantha) is a straggly evergreen shrub or small tree to 8m high, but usually smaller, belonging to the Fabaceae family. The twigs are slightly ribbed, with the narrow raised ribs running down the stem from the base of each leaf. Leaves are compound, of numerous small leaflets similar to those of some wattles (Acacia species), but bigger than those of most south coast wattles.

The yellowish-green flowers are also wattle-like, but are carried in bottlebrush style clusters. The pods are broad and flat, 8-12 cm long, containing 6-12 black shiny seeds, and are very similar to those of wattles. The tree flowers from an early age and because of its quick growing habit makes good cover for other species.

Cape wattle is a West Australian native which has been widely promoted as a garden plant in the last twenty years or so. It is now extensively naturalised in eastern Australia, where it invades bush around towns and gardens. It can become dominant in bush and coastal woodland. It is a very fast growing plant tolerant of poor soils, and adapted to recolonising from seed after fires.

Spread from seed in dumped garden waste, and by birds, ants and in contaminated soil and water. Like the true wattles, cape wattle produces huge seed crops, which are very long-lived in the soil. They are likely to germinate profusely after fire, so that they can go from being a minor weed to becoming dominant in burnt bush, if there is no control effort after a fire.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.





Wednesday, 15 June 2016

CONSTRUCTION

Construction of yet another high rise apartment building in Southbank. I guess the only good thing about it is that at least it providing work for construction workers.

Domain Group senior economist Andrew Wilson said the CBD market was starting to see the first significant signs of an oversupplied rental market after recent high levels of new apartment construction. Supply is now galloping ahead of demand...

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.