In a vase on Monday: pickin' in the rain
I'm sneaking in late again this week as we're just back from our trip to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Well...sort of...
We knew there had been significant rain in the area and that access to some areas of the park might be difficult, however when we arrived, we found that most of the roads were closed. Undeterred, we decided to check out Rawnsley Park Station instead, which is located just before the entrance to the park, overlooking Wilpena Pound. It's a fabulous spot, with beautiful views and good facilities. We had been prepared to 'rought it', so having access to a hot shower felt very luxurious! The main downside, however is that as this area has been pretty extensively grazed, so we didn't get to see the wildflowers were hoping for.
We returned home to a garden drenched by rain and with many plants in full spring bloom, including this gorgeous Leucospermum reflexum hybrid 'So Exquisite'. The 'Camp David' roses were also flowering, their blooms so heavy under the weight of the rain that they were flopping. I decided to cut a few for my vase, along with shrimp plant Justicia brandegeeana and foliage from Japanese flowering quince Chaenomeles speciosa, Spiraea cantoniensis and Plectranthus argentatus.
Thanks as always to Cathy of Rambling in the Garden, for hosting the In a Vase on Monday meme. Perhaps you have a bunch from your own garden you would like to share too?
Here are a few pics of the landscapes around Rawnsley Park Station, for those interested.
|Not a bad campsite!|
|Views over Rawnsley Park Station. Though pretty, unfortunately the purple flower is a serious weed, Echium plantagineum|
Despite not gaining access to the National Park itself, we still has a great time. It was so wonderful to disconnect and get away.