Tag Archives: plants

Flannel Flowers By The River

11 Dec
Flannel Flowers by the river

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.

Enjoy!

By the way, here’s a link to my third post on my new blog. Thanks go to those who visit!

http://margaretlynettesharp2.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/a-soggy-day/

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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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Gorgeous, Golden Wattle

29 Sep
Wattle

Wattle

Lately, one of the chief joys of walking (or driving) around our local bushland park has been the sight of Wattle in bloom. There has been a wonderful procession of beautiful species. This is one of the loveliest. It’s called Sydney Golden Wattle, (Acacia longiflora).

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Springtime in the Australian Bush

19 Sep
Spring in the Bush

Spring in the Bush

Spring is such a beautiful season. Fresh shoots and flowers bring out the best in flora.

Some of the sweetest bushland blooms are out right not.

This scene by the little beach next to our local river baths shows some of the lovely little flowers that can be seen in September.

Enjoy!

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Glorious Hibiscus

19 Jun
Glorious Hibiscus

Glorious Hibiscus

Even now in early winter, the Hibiscus are still in bloom.

This one grows in our front garden. It came from a cutting, many years ago. The parent plant has not survived, but this one soldiers on, giving liberally of its delightful flowers.

Though short-lived, each flower holds such beautiful colours and textures.

Sydney’s climate allows such an array of flora to grow and flourish.

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Australian Icon: Wattle

12 May
Wattle

Wattle

Wattle!

As children, we in Australia are schooled in the beauty of this plant. We are taught poems that speak touchingly of its delights.

As adults, many of us have to travel to natural bush areas to it see first-hand.

Here’s a photograph of one that grows in Sydney.

There are quite a few varieties, and I’m no expert. I ‘ll make a guess and suggest it’s Flax Wattle, but if you know better then please don’t be shy. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Night Life: Night Lights

14 Apr
Night Life: Night Lights

Night Life: Night Lights

Every now and then, Ron and I have dinner at a not too distant club.

What makes it very special is the delightful garden that  is easily accessible from the  dining area.

It’s a pretty little greenery, quite captivating by night. Coloured lights change their hues every few seconds, turning the water-fountain this shade and that!

Is it enchanted?

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Spring Revisited in the Australian Bush

11 Mar
Revisiting Spring

Revisiting Spring

Officially it’s Autumn here in Australia. Days are shortening. Leaves are colouring and starting to fall. A sense of change is in the air.

But for a moment, let’s look backwards (or forward) to Spring in the bush.

While some of our natives flower all year round, many provide a flush of beauty exclusively in early Spring.

Here is a photo taken in our natural parkland.

Enjoy the sweet little gems!

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