Flowers in Toowoomba

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Toowoomba is a city located about 90-120 minutes drive West of Brisbane and sits at the top of the Great Dividing Range. Their weather is less humid and usually not as hot as Brisbane. At an altitude of 700m or 2300 ft. they can grow quite a different range of flowers to Brisbane.
Compared to the rest of Qld it has very cold winters and it has snowed there. The last time it snowed was 1984 and previously about 20 years before that.

After the difficult years of WW2 they decided the area needed an economic and morale boost. In 1949 they launched a Flower Festival with a parade and park displays. It was a huge success and they have held their Carnival of Flowers annually ever since.

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Covid-19 caused some cancellations and modifications to the Festival but we decided to drive up on Monday and have a look.
Only 2 of several private gardens were available for display and they required Covid safe procedures. Sign the book, hand sanitiser, social distancing etc.
 

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After a stop for coffee (and caramel slice) it was over to the main display at Queens Park.


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I will finish this TR with one of my favourite subjects...Trees

As the name suggests the Queensland Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris) is native to Queensland and shaped like a bottle. It is often confused with the Boab (Adansonia gregorii) which is similar in shape but is usually found in the Kimberley in WA and some in the NT.

They are different species

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Hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) grows from Northern NSW, Qld and into PNG

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The Queensland Red Cedar (Toona ciliata) growing from Ulladulla NSW all the way up the East Coast into PNG, most of Asia and into Afghanistan. It is part of the Mahogany family.
Unfortunately a lot of these massive trees were felled in the early part of European settlement. They have been on govt. restricted lists for 200 years.

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TWBA always looks good at flower time and the Jacarandas down Ruthven St should be out now too.
 

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Enjoyed this thread. Informative, great pics and entertaining. 👍

Some ideas for when the commonwealth is reformed and everyone is allowed to travel there. ;)
 

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TWBA always looks good at flower time and the Jacarandas down Ruthven St should be out now too.
The Jacaranda's all still have flowers on them now.

While winter can be absolutely miserable up here sometimes with a howling Southerly, spring is a beautiful time of year up this way.
 

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Yes dont miss the foggy winter days, minus whatever, rain and the howling wind.
 

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