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It’s Wistaria Time

22 Sep

Here in Sydney, the Wistaria is out. Many of the older homes have displays of this adventurous climber, and now and then one sees it growing on a support in the garden of a modern home.

It’s such a pretty flower, but it really comes into its own as a perfumed plant. Unmistakeable!

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Wistaria

Wistaria

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Springtime in the Australian Bush

5 Sep
Springtime in the Bush

Springtime in the Bush

 

It’s easy to tell it’s Springtime in the bush. It’s the only time one ever sees in such abundance this lovely white-flowered creeper in bloom. It’s common name is Old Man’s Beard, but purists call it Clematis glycinoides. It starts to flower in August, reaching it full potential weeks later. But alas, it finishes its display in September. A brief but most welcome show!

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Lovely White Camellia

28 Jul

It’s lucky for me that we live in a neighbourhood where people take pride in their gardens.

Just next door there grows a mature white Camellia, a Japonica variety I believe, and every year around now we all can share the delight of watching it bloom.

Enjoy!

White Camellia

White Camellia

Beautiful Banksia

16 Jul
Beautiful Banksia

Beautiful Banksia

Beautiful Banksia!

Here is a photograph of a lovely Spine-leafed Banksia. Its gloriously-coloured flowers brighten the days of those who visit our local park between the months of April and September.

Isn’t it a particularly striking Australian Native?

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Love Australian Wildflowers? Take Heart: Epacris Is Out!

1 May

Down by the river,  Epacris is out in flower.

I always love to see them.

They are a native fuchsia, and their colouring and form is both very charming and unusual for Australian wildflowers.

Epacris

Epacris

Epacris in close-up

Epacris in close-up

 

Whenever it’s possible, I like to walk Chicki down a track to the end of the baths, where these amazing  plants can be found.

Such a pretty place!

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Banksia: A Golden Wildflower

24 Apr
Banksia

Banksia Spinulosa

Australia is blessed with some delightful and unusual wildflowers. Among these are the Banksia.

There are many varieties, but this is one of the two main types that grow in our park.

It’s called Banksia Spinulosa. Since it flowers from April until September, we now face many months in which we may admire its beauty.

These are quite spectacular when fully out, especially when there are three or more flowers  in close proximity.

Enjoy!

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Pink Frangipanis: At the Height of their Season

8 Apr

Here in Sydney, Australia, the Frangipanis are at the height of their season.

We have a couple in our front garden.

This is a photograph of our pink specimen. It was planted about forty-five years ago by my parents.

Although it lacks the glorious, strong perfume of the yellow variety, its delightful colour more than makes up for it.

Besides, we for one household  don’t really need it since the aroma of the yellow one fills the night air.

Pink Frangipani

Pink Frangipani

 

 

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