I’m not exactly sure where time disappears to.

If anyone can help me out here, please do – is there a securely fastened container somewhere that holds all our time gone by? Once we’ve used up each minute does it slide into an abyss, never to be seen again? Or maybe it hops onto a fast moving conveyor belt to be whisked away for someone else’s use.

Wherever it goes, it goes quickly.

This was really brought home to me while I was in Melbourne recently and visited the Fitzroy Gardens, where I had a wander through the Conservatory with it’s sparkling spring display. I’ve been to Melbourne several times over the last few years, but the last time I was in the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory was when I was on my honeymoon. That’s more years ago than I care to remember (1972 if you really have to know, but please, keep it to yourself).

But it doesn’t seem that long ago, it really doesn’t, and I must admit there was a bit of nostalgia going on when I walked in there. How did all that time come and go so quickly?

Fitzroy Gdns conservatory

I’ve just fished out the photo album from those days in Melbourne and it shows a very young me, posing on the steps of the conservatory wearing a very short dress (it was the days of the mini so it was perfectly acceptable – the legs weren’t bad either, even if I do say so myself!). I would have included it here but it’s in one of those albums that had the sticky pages and it’s stuck there for ever now. There’s no way it’ll come out to scan it without tearing it. Never mind, I’m sure your imagination can see me back then 🙂

Anyway, back to here and now.

Set somewhere around the middle of the gardens, the Conservatory has been providing locals and tourists with spectacular floral displays for over 80 years. There are five different displays throughout the year and is a vital part of the city’s commitment to horticulture.

If you live in Melbourne or are just passing through, take some time out to relax and soak up the atmosphere in here.

The only way I can get across to you how amazing these displays are is on a visual level – so gone with the words, here are the photos.



Fitzroy gardens concervatory

conservatory 2

conservatory 6

conservatory 4

conservatory 5



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