Life On Mars

|Clockwise L to R|Darwinia lejostyla 'Coolamon Pink' in bloom|RBG Cranbourne landscape vista|Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata-Austrlain Grasstree in flower|Alyogyne huegelii-Blue Hibiscus|RBG Cranbourne landscape|

|Clockwise L to R|Darwinia lejostyla 'Coolamon Pink' in bloom|RBG Cranbourne landscape vista|Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata-Austrlain Grasstree in flower|Alyogyne huegelii-Blue Hibiscus|RBG Cranbourne landscape|

I was listening to David Bowie while researching upcoming features for The Plant Provocateur and I couldn't get the song title "Life On Mars" out of my head.  This got me thinking about where in the world I've been that felt like another planet.  One such place is Australia or at least parts of it.  I can't even begin to tell you how obsessed I am with the flora of this country.  It is so otherworldly and exotic to me.  If you ever want to experience some truly fascinating habitat you've got to get there and check it out.  Well lucky for you, dear reader, I can get take you there and give you a glimpse of it.  The thing I love about traveling to Australia or to other places in general is that I find it so inspiring.  Different environments encourage different ideas.  You can witness different colors, forms, placement, and perspectives.  Here we have a glimpse of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne located about 30 miles southeast of the city of Melbourne.  This garden is dedicate to the display of Australian native plants. When I went there for a visit a few years ago, parts of it reminded me of  what the rover sees on Mars.  The fact is that the red earth and land formations in the posted images are the garden's representation of remote parts of central Australia.  The plants growing in this garden are so amazing to see live and in concert.  Crazy forms, vivid colors.

|Banksia blechnifolia|Telopea speciosissima new growth|

|Banksia blechnifolia|Telopea speciosissima new growth|

Check out these Banksia blechnifolia blossoms.  They look like fuzzy red corncobs growing out of the ground.  So cool!  The new growth of the evergreen Telopea speciosissima (say that 3 times fast) or Waratah displays illuminated amber new growth as it catches the sun.  I encourage you to take a trip from right where you're sitting or standing.  Google Australian plants and let them take you away.