I was asked to take photos of the Waratahs in the Robertson Common, which is the precinct of Robertson Heritage Railway Station
|Magnificent Waratah flower|
Telopea speciosissima - NSW Waratah
Probably the "Cultivar" known as Fire and Brimstone
which comes from the local (Kangaloon) catchment areas.
Some are of common garden plants, (some would call them "weeds").
Forget Me Nots, Herb Robert, "Honesty" (Lunaria) and then some photos of the Cherry Trees in Hoddle Street (otherwise known as the Illawarra Highway). But it is the Waratahs which steal the show.
|Double-flowered Cherry Blossoms|
in the main street of Robertson
This weekend will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the opening of the "Mountain Railway" - from Port Kembla (the steel works) to Berrima Limestone quarry, originally owned by Sir Cecil Hoskins.
I still find it extraordinary that Sir Cecil, a director of the Australian Iron and Steel managed to persuade the State Government to pay for the railway line between his Limestone Quarry and his steel mill and port at Port Kembla. And the knighted him for his efforts!
- "After complex negotiations in 1927 the State government agreed conditionally to build a railway connecting Port Kembla with the main southern line at Moss Vale, and construction of a blast-furnace and deep-water wharf began."
However, this "deal" however shady it might seem to me, today, would probably seem completely natural and even desirable to the likes of Gina Rinehart or Clive Palmer.
Anyway, for better or worse the Railway runs through Robertson (almost exclusively as a Freight line these days), and as a Tourist line for special occasions, such as this weekend.
See the details on the Robertson website.
There will be Open Gardens you can enjoy visiting too.
|a delightful delicate pale pink|
Double-flowered Cherry Blossom