Guilfoyle’s Volcano – a rough guide

How’s your Easter holiday been? Have you managed to get away for a bit? My (very) mini-break begins tomorrow (location will be revealed in an upcoming post, of course!), but I thought I’d share these photos with you now – there’s plenty to get excited about without leaving your own city if you look hard enough. Not that cacti usually excite me, but this is really cool. 
Can you see the bumpy patterns on the backs of the leaves? At first I thought they were just some kind of spine like normal leaves have, but these patterns are actually indentations caused by the spikes along the edges of the outer leaves digging into the flesh of the inner leaves before they spread open (thanks to this eco-aware blogger who just happened to be with me for pointing it out).

Pretty cool, don’t you think? Exactly the sort of thing that fashion students would cite as inspiration for their collections, actually! I found these succulents in a tiny section of the Royal Botanic Gardens, planted around Guilfoyle’s Volcano – have you visited it before? Here’s some reasons why you should.

 The inside of the volcano is used for water storage but also hosts floating islands as you can see here (you can also just make out some high-rise buildings in the background – I love how the gardens are such an oasis in the middle of the city!). If you can’t get away  to a real island, spend a few minutes looking at these ones – it’s free, not far away (for Melburnians, at least) and you’ll feel more relaxed, I promise!