But the fog that mantled the city didn't extend to the hills. In Melbourne, you couldn't see to the end of the street but in the Dandenongs, you could see from ridge to ridge.
Kawarra was established in 1967 as a garden dedicated to native plants. It has several significant collections including Boronia, Thomasia and Lasiopetalum. These last two gave me pause for thought. Until I saw the monstrous shrubs growing in the garden beds, I believed they were all tidy little things. Once again, I'll have to reconsider the lay out of my own garden. Karwarra has 2 hectares to play with (and they're a packed 2 ha). I've got substantially less.
Although winter isn't necessarily the best time to visit gardens, quite a few plants were flowering. New Holland honeyeaters and wattlebirds were gorging on the banksias and grevilleas. They were far to hyperactive to photograph. A troop of tiny birds skittered around the branches of a dead tree, displaying to one another by fanning their tails and spreading their wings. I have no idea what they were but their antics were enchanting.
Now that I know what to expect, I'll try to get back to Karwarra at regular intervals. I must also learn more about plants so I can get beyond marvelling at their beauty.
Stenocarpus, Wheel of Fire