If there were a single image to evoke Christmas in an Australian city,
it would have to be the absolute explosion of
which sparkle in the gardens every December.
Jacaranda flowers carpet the streets,
blue hydrangeas bloom in profusion,
dianellas bob their starry blue heads in the breeze.
And perhaps nothing symbolises an Australian Christmas more
than agapanthus in glorious shades
of cerulean, midnight & pale sky;
nearly always grown with their twins: the pristine & summery white aggies.
In the early summer sunshine, they always look so fresh.
I spotted this gorgeous front fence & garden on my rounds yesterday,
and jumped out of the car to snap it because it is such a cheerful scene,
with dark charcoal stained timber palings of pine
& crisp white painted posts,
all set off by a stunning hedge of blue and white agapanthus.
Simple landscaping - but extremely effective.
The agapanthus has been adopted as one of our own,
although it originally comes from South Africa.
It grows from Darwin to Tasmania,
a tough little plant of luscious evergreen,
which produces drumsticks of colour as happy exclamation marks.
To any Aussie though, this is the quintessential sight of Christmas,
heralding the start of the summer season & those glorious holidays.
images: blue fruit, garden by the sea, melbourne