We passed this incredibly, huge Moreton Bay Fig tree on our way to the King's Park entrance and it reminded me of the amazing images that Shaun Tan created to illustrate Gary Crew's story - Memorial. I love the story and use it nearly every year, in my teaching, around the time of Anzac Day or Remembrance Day. Picture story books are such a powerful teaching springboard.
This is quite an amazing sight. The creeper has nearly reached the top of this dead gum tree and at this time of year is red flowers from top to bottom.
This little maple (which Mum has grown from seed) has a special protector. The top half of a upside down, rusted milkcan keeps the rabbits and the mower at a safe distance and adds an interesting element to the tree.
Dead trees and old stumps are the perfect scaffold for wisterias.
A good all year round plant the Michelia Magnolia has dark leaves and elegant small white flowers in abundance. After the flowers it is covered with unusual looking seed pods. I have this one as a standard as well as the typical tree form.
The Fairy Magnolia is a modest tree that waits to be discovered rather than shouts "look at me". The buds and blooms on the are both attractive.
The density and longevity of the blossom make this such a spectacular tree every spring. The shape of the tree and neat kidney shaped leaves make it one of the best all round specimens in the garden. It is related to the Cercis canadensis "Forest Pansy", which is better known for its dark foliage.
The yellow Magnolia Elizabeth flowers alongside the more common pink form. Mum was very proud of this display.
Mum has a large variety of Magnolia's in her garden. They are not the evergreen variety but belong to the family of Magnolia soulangeana. This tree with masses of blooms is a beauty right in view from the front door.
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