The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah are well worth a visit at any time of the year. Deciding on a late winter visit, I wondered if it was too soon to spot any spring colour. But there were natural delights at every turn.
These flowers are at the entrance near the car park. After days of rain they were full of the promise of blue skies and warmer times ahead.
The gardens are alive with birds. New Holland honeyeaters swoop and pull at the native plants. Wattlebirds call and crimson rosellas whistle and chirp. In many parts of the garden there is the cheerful, industrious chatter of superb fairy wrens. This one seemed to be looking for nest material.
There are some lovely open spaces in the garden. One part has been planted with masses of daffodils – irresistible and beautiful to see.
In different parts of the garden there were still many camellias in bloom. This one took my breath away.
The garden has different sections for different vegetation. The Australian native plant sections were alive with bees and butterflies.
There is an extensive area with proteas and plants from Africa. Can you spot the butterfly?
Woodlands are represented in different parts of the garden. The sheer size of some of the trees is humbling.
On previous visits I’ve noticed Australian ravens near the kiosk area. This one came up to say hello.
For all the vibrant colour and beauty, I also like the simplicity of grass, rippling in the wind.
But the image that will stay with me are the branches of deciduous trees, knotted with bulbs, getting ready to welcome spring.
What signs of the change of season have you spotted lately?
[Photo: Australian Painted Lady butterfly on blossom]