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Australian Beauty, Bottlebrush

11 Feb
Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush

Australia is blessed with many delightful plants.

One of my favourites is the hardy Bottlebrush.

This one is growing in our yard. A bonus is its irresistible attraction to  native birds such as Wattlebirds. My day is often brightened by the dual delight of seeing both these lovely flowers and their  feathery visitors.

Enjoy!

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Australian Bushland in the Park

3 Nov

I often speak about our walks in the park.

Those living overseas and visiting this blog perhaps would like to see a sample of the native plants and landscape.

The yellow-flowered plant with strap-like leaves is called Lomandra. It’s sometimes grown in suburban gardens, too. It’s helpful cover for small native

In the Park

In the Park

birds.

 

 

Memories….

26 Sep

Memories…..

That’s what this Pelargonium sparks in my mind.

As a young child in my city home, I used to gather these and their companions, red geraniums, from our front garden.

Luckily, when we moved away to the suburbs, my family took slips, which struck with characteristic ease.

This is a direct descendant.

Enjoy!

Purple pelargonium

Purple pelargonium

A Celebration of Spring

23 Sep

A celebration of Spring…..well, perhaps that’s going to far, though here in Australia, among the exotics both Azaleas and Prunus rate highly.

This is a small section of our front garden. Further along, one finds more Azaleas –mostly the old-fashioned varieties. Waiting for their day in the sun, the Frangipanis are yet to sprout, though the hardy Geraniums and pelargoniums are in full bloom, now.

Where would we be without flowers?

Springtime flowers

Springtime flowers

In a place that I don’t wish to contemplate…..

It’s Springtime: It’s Wistaria Time!

13 Sep

Here in Sydney, Australia, we are in the midst of Springtime glories.

Judging by perfume, colour and form, one of its top contenders in the stakes of delight must surely be Wistaria.

Though its glory  is as short-lived as it is spectacular, its presence is surely one of nature’s special treats.

Not so popular in modern gardens due to its very vigorous growth, it’s still to be found in abundance in some of the older yards, and sometimes it’s seen twining along a front fences: even trained as a standard on a trunk-like support.

The illustrated display is growing in our back garden.

Wistaria

Wistaria

Enjoy!

 

Blossoms: The Crowning Jewels of Spring!

11 Sep
Red Spring Blossom

Red Spring Blossom

I love blossoms!

Surely they, above all other flowers, are the crowning jewels of Springtime.

They delight not just our eyes, but also our noses. Their sweet scent so often is as spectacular as their flowers.

True, their flowering season is often quite short, and during winter most are quite bare of leaves.

But, come the start of the warmer weather, more than the buzzing bees greet their flowering with true delight.

Spring blossoms in Sydney, Australia

Spring blossoms in Sydney, Australia

Do You Love This Australian Native?

3 Sep

Do you love this Australian native?

I hasten to add it’s one of my favourites.

Its botanical name is Epacris Longiflora, though many call it Fuchsia Heath, and it grows wild in the bushland park where Chicki and I take our daily walk.

Right now it’s near its peak, and is a true sights for sore eyes, especially when its captured by the light.

Closely related to the spectacular floral emblem of Victoria,  Epacris Impressa,  for my money its beauty is hard to surpass.

What do you think?

Epacris Longiflora

Epacris Longiflora

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More Yellow Flowers Bloom in the Australian Bush

26 Aug

As the iconic Wattles fade, another yellow-flowered shrub is catching my eyes.

It’s quite a golden shade, and it’s certainly at home in my local bushland. Look around, and there are plenty of these to spot…

Can anyone give me its name?

Golden-flowered Australian native

Golden-flowered Australian native

Wattle: Icon of the Australian Bush

15 Aug

What could be more iconic that wattle?

Its yellow or golden ball-like flowers herald the approaching Spring.

So vibrant are these blooms that they stand out quite strikingly, even at a distance.

Interestingly, their leaves vary quite widely in colour and shape.

How lucky we are to witness these sights!

Wattle in a Sydney bushland park

Wattle in a Sydney bushland park

Sweet Magnolias!

14 Aug
A Delicate Colour

A Delicate Colour

A richly coloured Magnolia

A richly coloured Magnolia

Here in Sydney, Australia, Spring is fast approaching, and with it all the beautiful blooms associated with it.

One of my favourites is the magnolia.

Although sadly we don’t have any in our garden, many of our neighbours’ yards are adorned by these spectacular trees.

Superb in colour and form, they must surely rank as one of nature’s triumphs in horticulture.

Enjoy  these photos I have snapped over the past few days!

A cluster of sweet Magnolias

A cluster of sweet Magnolias