Tag Archives: Flannel flowers

A Long Season…

4 Jan

It seems quite a while, several months at least, since the first of the Flannel Flowers revealed its simple yet glorious petals in the local park.

Australian Flannel Flowers

Australian Flannel Flowers

 

While many plants have given up for the season, a few have found new life and kept on blooming.

Since they rank very highly on my list of favourite Australian wildflowers, this is a delightful bonus.

Enjoy!

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Flannel Flowers In the Wind…

24 Oct

Flannel Flowers in the wind….

A photographic challenge, if ever there was one!

Experience tells me this is a hit or miss proposition. Plenty of blurred shots bear testimony to the many misses.

Nevertheless…

Flannel Flowers in the Wind

Flannel Flowers in the Wind

These flowers are blooming today, beside the river.

Isn’t Australia blessed to have such native flora abounding in simple charm and beauty?

Who Loves Flannel Flowers?

2 Oct

Who loves Flannel Flowers?

My hand has just shot up! Their quiet beauty is a highlight of Spring in the Australian bush.

In our local park they are pretty scarce, but even a few clumps provide a wealth of photo opportunities.

Just a few days ago I noticed they were starting to bloom.

Enjoy!

Australian native: Flannel Flowers

Australian native: Flannel Flowers

Even More Wildflowers!

17 Oct

Red wildflower

Pink wildflower

It’s mid Spring , here in Sydney, Australia: what better time to feast your eyes on our charming wildflowers?

National Parks provide we Sydney-siders with an opportunity to witness first hand the wondrous beauty of nature. Just wandering around, keeping your eyes wide open, is all it takes. Within minutes, you’re practically guaranteed to stumble upon: or be overwhelmed by: a sight for sore eyes. Just watch out for other natives such as snakes, that may not appreciate your presence.

The recent warm weather has brought many

Flannel flowers

delightful flowers into full bloom. Here are some more for you to enjoy.

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Wildflowers of Australia: Simply Beautiful!

12 Oct

Lomandra

Flannel flowers

There’s something special about wildflowers. In essence, it’s that they are as nature intended: not meddled with by human hands. Therefore, their beauty is intrinsic, not cultivated.

Here, I’ve chosen two entirely different types to show you. First,  Lomandra, with the river in the background. I’ll admit they have almost certainly been planted: nevertheless they are rather unusual, attractive and useful natives. Their impressive spikes offer important protection for wildlife, and their flowers exude a kind of subtle beauty, along with an unusual perfume.

Second, the genuine article: Flannel flowers, scattered here and there, with Mother Nature as their guide.Their grey leaves blend perfectly with their cream-coloured flowers. Interestingly, their ‘petals’ are not what they seem: they’re actually bracts surrounding clusters of insignificant flowers. Perhaps surprisingly, Flannel Flowers are related to carrots and celery!

As I go through our native park-lands, I’ll keep my eyes open for other awesome Australian wildflowers to show you!