READERS WHO watch ABC Gardening Australia, will have seen Tino Carnevale on the 19th April extolling the glories of autumn colours in the Hobart Botanical Gardens.
That such pieces of valuable real estate in the young colony should have been reserved for the enjoyment of the public speaks well for early planners.
City Park in Launceston, the Village Green in Westbury, and the riverside park in Deloraine are all resplendent with autumn colours just now.
The main thoroughfare through Deloraine, and the garden at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Information Centre are more recent developments which enhance the street environment, from early spring to late autumn.
Viburnum opulus ‘Guelder Rose’ at the Centre has turned a striking red russet colour, and in the same garden, V. plicatum ‘Thomasina’ has leaves of brilliant scarlet.
Beginning at the western roundabout, where red leafed maples (Acer sp.) grow along the verges, the plantings extend through to the shopping area where the statuesque Tulip trees (Liriodendron fastigiata) adorn the median strip.
The trees with the unusual crinkly foliage by the Post Office and the Library are natives of Iran, the Persian Witch Hazel (Parrotia persica).
The Train Park has the most interesting collection of all the trees: with an Ash tree (Fraxinus sp.) – strong bright yellow in late April – and a Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocrastinum).
The flesh from its shiny brown fruits are said to be a treatment for diarrhoea and rheumatism.
The most interesting and historic of them all are two specimens of Ginkgo biloba, the Maidenhair tree.
Fossil leaves have been found in rocks from the Jurassic age. Their foliage turns to pure butter yellow in late autumn.
It is claimed that extract from the leaves can be used to improve memory. The one pictured here was photographed in late April, with its leaves just turning from green to gold.