Neutrals In The Botanical Gardens

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are the second oldest in Australia , established in 1818, and to celebrate their bi-centenary they are awash with Spring colour.
So as to not upstage Mother Nature I dressed in neutrals ( not really they just appealed that morning).

 Tulips have long been a Spring favourite of mine for their vibrant colours. I have a few in my garden that make an appearance each year but nothing compares to a mass planting of them in single colours.

 The gardens are in Hobart , our states capital city , and the city where my eldest son and daughter-in-law call home. We drove down to catch up with them both before we head off overseas next week.
After a lovely lunch with our son Zac at Dacci and Dacci , a French styled cafe , John and I headed into the city centre for a quick wander. John was on the lookout for new boots but came away empty handed. I, on the other hand , came home with a new Moyuru skirt. All will be revealed in a further post, suffice to say I am thrilled and know it will be on high rotation.

 Now back to the garden tour , this arch was built for the 150th. anniversary in 1968. The camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons were right at their peak flowering .

Looking out over this pond at the gardens brings back memories of times past with my children and watching the antics of the resident ducks. It really does seem like yesterday that I was there with little Zac, soon to become a father for the first time. My next visit here to visit the ducks will be with a new generation and more happy memories will be made, the circle continues.

Today’s neutrals are old favourites, a Paule Ka cardigan, Moyuru skirt, Fly London shoes, Preen sunnies and black boater.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday,Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.



  1. Tiina L
    October 2, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    A beautiful garden, and a beautiful outfit. And it's always wise not to upstage Mother Nature: she can be a bit vindictive…

    • Jill James
      October 4, 2018 / 9:37 am

      Many thanks Tiina, it is a beautiful garden at any time of year but especially in Spring. Oh I agree Mother Nature certainly has a vindictive streak.

  2. Vix
    October 2, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    A wonderful place for a stroll and your outfit is utterly fabulous, I love the shape of that skirt, it echoes the tulips! x

    • Jill James
      October 4, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Many thanks Vix , it is always a pleasure to stroll in this garden. I hadn't thought of the skirt shape echoing the tulips but you are right.

  3. Nancy Baten
    October 3, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Oohh tulips are my favourite flowers. But I can't have them on the table because one of my cats can't stay away from them! What a gorgeous garden!

    • Jill James
      October 4, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Tulips are one of my favourites with their bright, cheery colours. I can picture your naughty cats playing with the tulips.

  4. Penny Kocher
    October 4, 2018 / 7:23 am

    OMG that skirt of yours! Once again I tried to get a pair of jeans with no luck as nothing fitted. Then I said to myself, but I much prefer skirts so from now on I'm just not bothering! But that skirt is amazing. I'll have to look out for something similar.

    • Jill James
      October 4, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Thanks so much Penny, you can tell I love this skirt as it is worn continually. I am the same and so much prefer skirts these days. Good luck in your search.

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    October 6, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Jill, what a picturesque area! I love the bridge and those tulips are so beautiful! One of my favorite flowers. Love your sweater and the detai.Fab skirt, I love the shape! You always look so stylish in hats too!thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      October 8, 2018 / 3:19 am

      Thank you Jess , the garden are always quite a picture , none more so than tulip time.Always my pleasure to link up.

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