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Spring is here and in Glenelg, as elsewhere in Adelaide, there’s the contrast between the native plants and those introduced by the colonials. Today’s contest: bottlebrush (Callistemon, a native myrtle) v roses, both equally as Aussie and British as it’s possible to be.



Best of all, the jacaranda tree. We don’t have them by the beach, but the city is awash with purple.

Native or introduced, beauty is all around and the air is warm and filled with the scent of spring.


As an ex-pat it’s reassuring to see the flowers of home- particularly as I originate from a frequent winner of Britain in Bloom and a rose town, Aberdeen. As a migrant the native flora appeals to my sense of the exotic and reminds me where I am. It’s like a journey in flowers.