Yesterday, on my way home from an appointment I dropped into a park that I've always wanted to visit. It's on the foreshore of the Swan River in Belmont. Another reason for my interest is it was designed by Perth Landscape Architects at Hames Sharley where I did some work experience as a student and later some contract work.
It was built to reciprocate ' Belmont Park ' in Adachi-Ku - Tokyo, Japan. They have five black swans living on an artificial lake there! Adachi-Ku is Belmont's 'Sister City ' which is a really nice concept where both cities participate in cultural and student exchanges. There is a photo on the City of Belmont's website taken at the opening of the park.
Orange Orchid Tree : Bauhinia galpinii
One of the many plants chosen for their suitability in both style and hardiness for this landscape. There was also a mauve Bauhinia blakeana nearby.
Gateway, pathway, steps and a meandering garden spill down this slope to the foreshore. It looks like natural flagstones in Toodyay Stone have been used for the pathways.
Crepe Myrtle : Largerstroemia indica ( mauve )
This tree grows to 6-8m high x 5-6m wide with beautiful mottled silvery bark. It would have to be one of my favourites.
It forms a nice glossy green cushion up to 1m high with a spread of 2m.
Crepe Myrtle : Lagerstroemia indica ( pink )
It's a bit hard to see in this photo but there's some Japanese text carved into the gate house. Despite it being in the middle of the day ( and 33 degrees ) there were a few people using the park to exercise, picnic and recline in the shade.