Archive | December, 2015

Look, There’s an Old Man Banksia!

28 Dec

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Old Man Banksai Old Man Banksia

Who loves Old Man Banksia?

These unusual small trees, native to Australia, flower on cones that remain on the tree as they age: unless birds intervene..

I’ve seen several species of birds that have been attracted by the large flowers. In this photo, one can just catch a glimpse of a Rainbow Lorikeet resting behind one.

Officially known as Bankia serrata, these natives flower from December until March each year.

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FREE until December 28: Lauren Played

24 Dec

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Has Santa given you a brand new Kindle?

Do you like sweet, clean romance?

Here’s a short read written by yours truly, and it can be downloaded free until December 28.

Merry Christmas!

http://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Played-Margaret-Lynette-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00GSD219G

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Joyous Red and Christmas Time…

20 Dec

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West Australian Red-flowering Gums West Australian Red-flowering Gums

The colour red has become strongly associated with Christmas. Here in Australia, the traditional Christmas Bush is a rusty-red, and of course, Santa is always dressed in red…

So how fortunate it is that these magnificent West Australian Red-flowering Gums bloom at this time of year. Right now, where I live (in suburban Sydney, Australia), they are at their peak, and don’t the Rainbow Lorikeets love them?

So here’s another photo of these glorious flowers.

Merry Christmas!

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Still Out: Flannel Flowers

14 Dec

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Flannel Flower Flannel Flower

The Flannel Flowers that grow in the local bushland park are still in bloom, and brighten the day for those who see them. They seem to particularly thrive beside the roadside – a bonus for those who travel through. With a speed limit of twenty kilometres an hour, there’s opportunity to see them, and reason to pause…

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A Wonderful Sight – West Australian Red-Flowering Gums!

6 Dec

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2014_0109imagefacebook0089One of my very favourite Australian native trees is now in flower! I’m speaking of the West Australian Red-flowering Gum.

Although Sydney, N.S.W., is not their original home, these delightful plants have adapted perfectly to this environment, and right now there is a wonderful assortment of colours (all in shades of red) in flower.

Here is one of the brightest, growing in a garden near to our home.

Enjoy!

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