The River and Flannel Flowers
Here we have a combination of two of my favourite sights: the river and Flannel Flowers.
Conditions permitting, I swim in these river baths most of the year. But the sight of the Flannel Flowers is not nearly so continuous. They flower only in the warmer weather.
Flannel Flowers by the river
Flannel Flowers are one of the few native plants that have been honoured by their appearance on Australian postage stamps.
Their simple beauty is a delight. Currently, they are in flower in our local park, and have become one of the highlights of our going to visit.
By the way, here’s a link to my third post on my new blog. Thanks go to those who visit!
Right now, the Flannel Flowers are out in all their glory, and I see them every day in the local bushland park. A popular spot for them is beside the narrow roadway. There they can be enjoyed by those traveling through (at the twenty kilometre speed limit).
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.
Just yesterday I spotted a clump; a clump of Flannel Flowers. I thought I’d seen the last of these pretty Australian wildflowers until after winter had been and gone, but there it was, soldiering on.
I must own up and say that I’ve cheated: this photograph was taken months ago when their display was in its prime. Nevertheless, the specimen I saw was a reasonable one though it did have fewer flowers.
The simple beauty of these flowers makes them one of my favourite blooms.
In our local bushland park, the Flannel Flowers seem to be tapering off. No longer are the blooms so vigorous and plentiful. It seems as though the plants are soldiering on rather than bursting with exuberance.
Nevertheless, it’s been a very fine year for these icons of Australian flora. Who remembers the early Australian postage stamps that featured them? As a former philatelist, my hand goes up!
Almost every day I take Chicki for a walk along the track beside the river. One day, not so long ago, i decided to climb up a little to capture this scene.
Luckily, Chicki co-operated. She remained quite calm while I secured her to the ground by putting one of my feet on her lead.
The result is this photograph. Where the bush meets the river.
Flannel Flowers by the River
I flatter myself that it’s quite lovely. Hope you agree!