Friday, September 14, 2012

Cumberland Hospital Wisteria Festival 14th Sept 2012

Cumberland Hospital started life as the 'Asylum for Lunatic and Invalid Convicts' in 1847, it was renamed Cumberland Hospital in 1983.
Every Spring the Wisteria Festival is held in the gardens that were originally built in 1906 for the Superintendent of the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum (as it was then known). The wisteria plants were brought from Japan by his daughter.
In recent years the gardens have lacked the colour and volume of plants that were on show in years past, when Government departments had more money to spend on maintaining such projects. I have included a photo taken in 1968 which shows massed plantings of colourful annuals which are not used as much as they use to be.
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May Bush   (Spiraea)


Not as colourful as it use to be.




Blossom and Brassica



Dorotheanthus bellidiformis  - 
Livingstone Daisy / Ice Plant

Dorotheanthus bellidiformis  - 
Livingstone Daisy / Ice Plant

Wall flowers.  Violets.

Reflection      (this is showing upside down).

A little bit of Mexico.

Slide from 1968

Getting ready for another year.
New leaves on Frangipani.

Calendula  -  Pot Marigold / English Marigold.

If you know, please let me know.
(a tree with round black seed pods)

Even the weeds put on a bright show.

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