Beautiful autumn colours

Native dogwood on show

Native dogwood on show

Hobart is blessed at the moment with a wonderful display of autumn leaves. I was at Government House yesterday for the swearing in of our first Green minister and I can tell you the gardens were beautiful with the avenue of trees along the driveway there resplendent in the late afternoon light. The same can be said for the gardens outside Tasmania’s Parliament House. But the trees are all exotics. We have yet to appreciate our own native plants in the same way. Tasmania is famous for its nothofagus gunnii or deciduous beech which every year splashes reds and yellows across our alpine areas. But in our gardens it is possible to enjoy autumn colours with the native dogwood, pomaderris apetala. I have several native dogwoods and the colouring at the moment is a real joy.

The carpet of autumn leaves at Tasmania's Parliament House

The carpet of autumn leaves at Tasmania's Parliament House

3 thoughts on “Beautiful autumn colours

  1. I’d love to know which native’s you’d plant around Government House. What do you think would grow well in that area? Anything native and edible?

    • Hi John,
      I am told that they have an excellent veggie garden up there and must have some fruit trees but there is a very distinct line between the kitchen garden and the formal gardens. It is really a superb example of the architecture of its period and the gardens are in complete harmony with that colonial period. I wouldn’t really change it even if I had the opportunity as it is part of our wonderful built heritage. Speaking of which good luck with your new home. I will expect to see a veggie garden bulging with produce by the summer.
      Cheers C

  2. You’re right Christine, the big old elms and oaks are beautiful, as is the fagus at this time of year, but we do tend to overlook the natives.

    And we focus so much on autumn. I wonder why that is?

    I’ve come to love the seasonal patchworks that are more obvious from out on the river – the yellow splashes of wattle in winter and spring, the cream puffs of blue gum flowers in summer, the red tips of new growth in the eucalypts. Perhaps I appreciate them more because they mark the end of winter and the return to longer days!

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