Small gardens enliven streets old and new

A Sunday morning walk through the back streets from Tighes Hill to Newcastle Harbour proved to be a shot in the arm for this slightly jaded blogger. As infatuated as I am with gardening west of the Great Dividing Range, the small inner-suburban and harbourside gardens of my old home town, Newcastle, hit me for six with their colour and vibrancy.

The first extravaganza came in the form of this stunning bougainvillea, looking spectacular against the red-brown of an old colourbond fence.

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Just a few houses further on and there was its cousin, the traditional magenta version.

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By this time my heart had been given a kick-start, and we we’d only walked a couple of blocks!

My blood pressure needed regulation so it’s just as well I found this tiny but elegant garden nearby. Its subtle hues of grey and green, and well-defined geometric elements, created a sense of order and tranquility.

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Walking with friends is a lovely pastime, and on this occasion Anne’s eagle eye and love of Australian native plants ensured that I didn’t walk on by this red-flowering native (I’m pretty sure it’s an Angophora) without noticing its lovely blossoms, buds and seed cases (gumnuts)…

…and its fragile, curling bark, still clinging on in this year’s Indian summer.

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Nearing the harbour, tropical-themed gardens were popular, and my senses started to pop all over again. How stunning is this croton!

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…and this candy-pink hibiscus.

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This shrub has red leaves with blotches of deep maroon- can anyone tell me its name?

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I love this succulent with its tall spikes of purple flowers in clusters, and its grey-green, ruffled leaves.

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Here’s a sweet little patch of annuals, what a celebration of colours.

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Anne photographed this delightful pavement garden in Maryville later that day. I hope she doesn’t mind me using her photo- I couldn’t resist it. What a gorgeous use of a tiny space.

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How marvellous it is to have gardeners! You make the quiet back streets with their aged and decaying houses, and the bustling new harbourside developments, both beautiful and interesting, and a joy to behold.

 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. tonytomeo says:

    For a while, bougainvillea had become too popular. Now that there are fewer of them, i sort of miss mine. They are not easy to work with in small spaces. However, some modern cultivars stay rather small.

  2. Margaret says:

    All those plants are wonderful. As a child, I didn’t like hibiscus very much, now I’m falling in love and want a few more in my garden. So far, I only have a couple of very nice red ones.

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      Sounds like a perfect new project for your place…

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