The first lot of photos are from Queen's Park. Toowoomba Council only planted out three parks out of the many they have (not sure if it's nine or 15) due to the drought. But looking at the photos below...they did really well with the parks planted out for the Carnival.
Ranunculae, thrift and pansies.
A wisteria arbour
With seats inside for just sitting and looking.
Imagine the work and money that went into this...and it's only a part of the front garden.
Look at this euphorbia. The colour is actually dark blue...not sure what happened to the colour in this photo.
A magnificant magnolia flower.
If you haven't got room for your potted colour, put them in a tree.
I'm not sure what this bush is, but it's the most fabulous colour.
These next photos are of the Champion of Champions garden. The garden was terraced into four separate areas...all with a different theme. It was absolutely amazing. The trouble is there were so many people there when we arrived, it was hard to see it properly. Nevertheless I did get some photos and here they are...
Here's a great use of mosiac.
A miniature maple planted in a pot amongst a dense ground cover.
Look at the blossoms on this tree...
Would you believe it...black pansies!
More beautiful blossoms.
Terracotta tiles and mondo grass...isn't it effective?
Unfortunately this is just a tiny tiny part of this beautiful garden...we'd be here for weeks if I'd had the time to take all the photos I wanted to. However, I picked out the more unusual ones. I hope you like them.
Well, after all that, we were exhausted. We piled back onto the coach and headed off to pick up the train at Helidon. Now here's something. Remember I told you it took us two hour or so to go up the range in the train? Well it took us 20 minutes down by coach. We were running late so we barrelled down that road passing everything in sight...it was quite thrilling. Unfortunately we were still 20 minutes late...oops!
We finally set off for home, then half-an-hour out of Helidon we came to a gradual halt in the middle of nowhere. One of the ladies sitting opposite us went to find out what was wrong and came back with the news that the rear carriage had blown an air hose, causing the breaks to come on. We didn't have to wait too long...they had it fixed in about 30 minutes and we set off again.
We could see lots of lightning playing around the hills but no rain, although we could see the black clouds. We eventually ran into rain and had it for the rest of the way home. After all that, we made up enough time so that by the time we reached Corinda where I was getting off we were only 15 minutes late. Not bad going for an old steam rattler!
On the news the next night they showed us video of the storm clouds and it was so close to becoming a tornado. Two funnels started to form but fortunately didn't complete and didn't touch the ground. The cloud formation was amazing though, like a huge spiral. Glad it wasn't a tornado, don't know if the old wooden carriages would have coped with that.