West Australian Red- flowering Gum
Here in Sydney, some varieties of the magnificent West Australian Red-flowering Gum are still in bloom. Lately, I’ve seen several beautiful pink and rose-coloured varieties displaying their lovely flowers.
This particular one, however, has sadly had its day. I’m looking forward to early Summer this year so that, once again, we can all witness its glory. And don’t the Rainbow Lorikeets love them…
P.S. This photo was taken some weeks ago.
Western Australian Red-flowering Gum
I really love these trees! They’re becoming more common in Sydney as more and more people are captivated by their beautiful colours and form. They’re often grown in front gardens, and sometimes as street trees. The owner of a most magnificent specimen told me of the difficulty he had in persuading the local authorities to give him permission to plant one in the nature strip. Thanks goodness he won the battle!
The Spring flush of these flowers is just ending in our backyard, but fortunately I captured this image in time.
Bottlebrushes are a great addition to Sydney backyards. Not only do they produce beautifully-coloured and formed flowers, they also attract the birds. What a combination!
Flannel Flowers in the breeze
Right now, the Flannel Flowers are in bloom. Every time I visit the local bushland park, I see their lovely, daisy-like flowers.
They seem to be very choosy in where they will grow. The greatest number here are beside the road, though there a few clumps in the broader bushland. Their heads bob about in the breeze.
- Tiny white flowers growing near the river
A rare park flower
Unfortunately I’m not a botanist, and, since identifying plants solely from reference books is both difficult and potentially flawed, when in doubt I’ll leave it to others to put names to flowers.
Certainly, you don’t need specialist or even general knowledge of such flora to appreciate their beauty. Whether understated and subtle, or unashamedly spectacular, our wildflowers have their own appeal.
These photos have been taken during recent weeks in Sydney, Australia.
Next time you’re in native parkland, why not make a special effort to keep your eyes peeled for our charming native flowering plants? Who knows what you will find!