Okay, that may be nowhere near as cool as the picture on display on the wikipedia entry, but it is an example from that particular garden. Anyway, here is the picture that I stole from Wikipedia.
|I’m sure they have scientific names as well|
Anyway, while I could go on and on using the word arboretum as if I had only just discovered it and making you all think I am really smart because I am using it in a sentence, I should probably tell you about the other things that I found in the garden, such as the sundial.
|Good luck telling the time with that|
For some reason people really like sundials. Okay, before we had wrist watches they were useful in telling the time, that is if it wasn’t raining, overcast, or at night, but these days I suspect that they are only there for decoration. Mind you, it is interesting looking at these things, and making sure that your shadow doesn’t cross it because then you won’t be able to tell the time, because I like to see how they are set up. It is also interesting trying to see how accurate these things are. Apparently you can even work out where north is on these things, but then again when you know where the sun is located it is pretty easy working out where north is (and you can even do it using your wrist watch, but once again you need to know where the sun is located). However, these days working out where north is can be pretty elementary – I just fire up the compass on my smart phone, but then you need to be able to fire up your smart phone for that to work.
|I think that is supposed to be a bird bath|
Another thing you seem to see in these places are bird baths. Sometimes I wonder what the purpose of a bird bath is because I have never actually seen birds washing themselves in these things. My Dad set up a bird bath once – after they go rid of the cat because cats and bird baths generally don’t mix all that well – what is the point of attracting birds when the cat is going to be lurking around taking them out one by one? Anyway, bird baths can be magnificent pieces of art in and of themselves, and as is the case of the one above, can be positioned amongst some wonderful plants (that no doubt have some scientific names).
|It wasn’t open|
Well, you know what they say about people in glass houses, but then again this one wasn’t made of glass, and it was also locked, so I couldn’t go inside. However, what I could do was stick my camera in through the opening and take a picture:
|A collection of Osmunda Claytoniana|
Anyway, they are one of those things that all botanic gardens (well, excluding the one at Williamstown because they don’t have a building housing tropical plants, but then it is a poor excuse for a botanic garden) seem to have on their premises. However, all I could do was take a photo through the hole and that was it.
|I’m not swimming in that|
Another thing that a lot of botanic gardens seem to have (well, once again not the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, but I have already made a comment about their lack of attractions – with the exception of trees, they do have trees, and little plaques with Latin names, but that is beside the point) are ponds. I guess the reason they have ponds are two fold – first of all because ponds allow you to put lilies on display, as well as algae, and other aquatic plants. On the other hand they also provide young people with the perfect opportunity to play truth, dare, and double dare – or simply throw one of their mates into the water, only to land up in there pretty shortly afterwards. Mind you, I have been lucky enough never to have landed up in a pond, so I hope my luck sticks with me in that regards.
|You seem to see these things everywhere|
The final thing that came to no surprise was the rotunda. In fact I seem to see rotundas everywhere. I guess the thing about rotundas is that there is one in Elder Park in Adelaide that is pretty much the talk of the town. I remember a time (before the internet was widespread) where they discovered some hidden rooms underneath the rotunda in Adelaide, but then if you have a look at this one (and many of the others that you no doubt will come across) you will discover that quite a lot of them have rooms underneath them, no doubt to store equipment for use during special events.
Anyway, I could probably continue waffling on about this place, but I think I will leave it at that because I probably should be going to bed now, though there is one last thing that I have to do:
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