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Australian Christmas Bush

23 Dec
Australian Christmas Bush

Australian Christmas Bush

Here in Sydney, we know that Christmas is coming when we see the Australian Christmas Bush starting to turn red.

In our native bush park there are many, many such trees beside the river, and they make a delightful display. One can stand in the baths and gaze at them. Delightful!

Ron and I have a couple of mature trees at home, too. They soldier on…

Merry Christmas!

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Bright, Cheerful Pelargonium

22 Dec

I recently posted a photograph of a purple Pelargonium, and many people liked it. So today, I’m showing you another that I grow: this one, a gift from a close friend.

Enjoy!

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Pelargonium

Pelargonium

A Beautiful Rose

21 Dec
Peace rose

Peace rose

Roses are one of the best-loved of all flowers: symbols of love and beauty.

This one is named ‘Peace’, and it flowers prolifically.

Enjoy!

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The Tropical Beauty of Frangipani

20 Dec
Pink Frangipani

Pink Frangipani

Frangipanis are unusual small trees: when bare, they resemble sculptures.

To my eye, they come into their own in summer, when they are in flower.

Here’s a photo of one that grows in our front yard.

Enjoy!

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They’re Out: Four O’Clocks!

19 Dec
Four O'Clocks

Four O’Clocks

When I was a small child I loved these little flowers that, as if by magic, opened every day at around four o’clock. They flowered in summer and autumn, and came in a variety of bright colours: sometimes, more than one colour on an individual plant. Hardly and prolific, they grew almost as weeds.

As an adult, I still love them, and look forward to seeing their unique flowers as the daylight begins to weaken. Of course, the introduction of Daylight Saving has changed their showtime to five…

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Here’s More: Beautiful Bottlebrush

25 Nov
Beautiful Bottlebrush

Beautiful Bottlebrush

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!

Enjoy!

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Peek-a-Boo!

21 Nov
Rainbow Lorikeet peekingf rom  behind the Old Man Banksia

Rainbow Lorikeet peeking from behind the Old Man Banksia

Peek-a-boo!

Is that in the mind of this Rainbow Lorikeet as it peeks out from behind a Banksia flower?

This is Australian bush at its engaging best!

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It’s Jacaranda Time!

14 Nov
The jacaranda in flower

The Jacaranda in flower

Here in Sydney, Australia, it’s Jacaranda time!

We have a large specimen in our yard, and its glorious flowers are fully out, even starting to drop and form a stunning, purple carpet.

There are many of these trees where I live, and they certainly make their presence felt.

Some may not like them. They’re messy, shedding tiny leaves, and later, flowers (which can be slippery). But for all that, they are still magnificent.

Enjoy!

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Blossom Time

12 Oct
Spring blossoms

Spring blossoms

Here in Sydney, Australia, the Spring blossoms are starting to fade, and unfortunately some have completely dropped off their branches.

Here’s a pretty, street specimen growing near our home. The flowers are still hanging on. 🙂

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Flowers that Remind Me of Childhood

8 Oct

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Certain flowers remind me of my childhood.

I grew up in an inner-city suburb of Sydney, where gardens were far less common than in the district where we now live.

In fact, I remember only a handful of flowers that grew in my childhood home: red geraniums, snowdrops, snapdragons of many colours,   red, pink and yellow four-o’clocks, and purple pelargoniums.

Here is a photo of a direct descendant of that original purple pelargonium. When we moved, we took slips, and so the plant, as well as the memory, lingers on.

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