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Roses in bloom! in Hunter Valley

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, November 05, 2016

Hunter Valley is famous for its wine. Grape vines are growing rapidly in a strong sumer sun at local vineyards, but look around! Beautiful rose bushes are very eye catching too!

Some of our clients in the past have asked us if growing roses is also famous in the region. Well, not as a commercial business but they do act as a health barometer for grapes. Roses are very sensitive plants towards to any slight change of  conditions caused by soil & nutorition balance, weather and humidity, disease, and pests. So having roses nearby and observe them, is a common thing to do in vineyards in order to grow fine grapes.   

At one of the wineries we visit on our tour, they also plant roses to observe the condition as well as for name plates to indicate the varieties of grapes. (e.g. red roses for shiraz vines, pink for cabernet, yellow for semillon, white for chardonnay.   

Year 2016 bottles are appearing already in Hunter Valley. Come and join us in our Hunter Valley Winery tour which is full of variety of local wines and produce, as well as amazing sceneries of vineyards with roses.
Just delicious in taste and delighful for your eyes!  


  

(Image right) The Broken Back Mountains Range at the back.

Jacarandas in bloom!

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Jacarandas have arrived!

Jacaranda is a flowering plant in the family Bignoniaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America. It is renowned as one of three major flowering trees together with Royal poinciana (Delonix regia) and Flame Tree (a.k.a. African Tulip / Spathodea campanulata).  Our clients from Brazil told us that it is the national flower/tree in their country. (To one of our staff who is from Japan, the tree shape and blossoms reminds her of the Japanese cherry blossoms back home.)

The Jacaranda was introduced to Australia, New Zealand, India, Fiji, and Africa.Here in Sydney, it stars blooming in late October to early November, and gorgeous blossoms can be enjoyed here and there during November to early December.

During November, we include a few secret spots covered with Jacaranda blossoms in our city sights tours. Come and join us to spot beautiful Jacarandas in Sydney!

Please visit our "Gallery" page for more Jacaranda photos. 

       

Images of Jacaranda (L to R): The tree grows up to 30m. / Individual flower looks similar to bell flowers. / Amazing contrast, together with the Illawarra Flame Tree. 

Leura Garden Festival 2016

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Saturday, September 03, 2016

Leura village prepares itself for the 2016 Garden Festival. On its 52nd year it promises to be as exciting as ever with 12 private gardens opening to the public, plus the well known “Everglades” a large National Trust property. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to see a great variety of the very best the region has to offer, as well as the chance to interact and get some ideas with some of the garden owners, who may be present during the Festival.

Entry fees will be $25 p.p for a multiple entry ticket to all the gardens, and $5p.p for a single garden entry ticket.

The Festival will be held from Saturday the 1st of October to Sunday the 9th of October. The gardens will open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.

For further information, please visit the official website.

 

   

 

Roses in bloom! Sydney

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roses are now in full bloom at the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens. 
Miniatures, climbers, Old english, Hybrids, etc. You can find various kinds of roses in the Rose Garden where you can enjoy their beautiful colours & wonderful scents, so just follow your nose or simply pick a map from the sign posts or the information center. 

Beside the roses collection, there are large numbers of specimens of Australian natives and foreign plants collected from all around the world on display. Do not miss the colonial farm gardens! Entry is free except for the tropical glasshouse.    

Do not forget your sun protection! Wear a hut, sunglasses, sunscreen and take a bottle of water when you visit, then relax and take your time to smell the roses.

   

Golden carpet in the Mountains

Patrick's Friendly Tours - Friday, December 03, 2010
If you are visiting the Blue Mountains during summer, there is no way you cannot spot these beauties!
As soon as we get to the mountains region, you can see small to large golden patches of Coreopsis Daisies (Coreopsis lanceolata) along Great Western Highway. These cheerful bunches which originate from Northern America, can be seen in the mountains during summer.

They are very pretty, but they are invasive weeds that need to be controlled. They can spread rapidly and penetrate undistubed native bushlands. In areas closed to National Parks, they need to be pulled out from the roots to stop the expantion. Beside this, they are a great sight when travelling throught he mountains.