I love Gum Blossoms. Whenever I see them they bring back the childhood memories of my favorite book "Snugglepot & Cuddlepie" by May Gibbs which I still have sitting in my bookshelf. The illustrations were so amazing and had a real Australian feel to them. My mother also had a May Gibbs book when she was a child, she in turn handed it on to me, it also sits in my bookshelf (although a little worse for wear)
Acacia podalyriifolia or the Queensland Silver Wattle is a fast growing, hardy, but short lived very handsome small tree with silvery grey foliage and puffy sprays of perfumed golden yellow flowers. It will attract birds to your garden and can be trimmed to a windbreak or hedge.
Pencil and Leaf
For this project I am putting together a set of bees which hopefully will show their diversity and beauty, so variety in colour and shape and pattern is important. There are many different species from all around the world and as you would expect Australia has some unusual native bees. This is the very beautiful Blue Banded Bee which has pale iridescent blue instead of yellow stripes and digs burrows in soft sandstone or clay for their nests.This is another solitary bee from the same family…
From the deserts to the sea the flora of South Australia is as unique and beautiful as its varied landscapes. South Australian Plant Society members from diverse backgrounds unite to celebrate, grow, conserve and promote Australia’s wonderful flora.
Pink/red flowering Yellow Gum - Eucalyptus leucoxylon - 20121221
Eucalyptus species are notoriously difficult to identify. I THINK this is PROBABLY a pink/red flowering variety of Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon). Eucalyptus leucoxylon 'Rosea' is commonly planted as a street tree - this example is from State Circle. anpsa.org.au/e-leu.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_leucoxylon Capital Hill, ACT, Australia. iPhone 5 - Photograph taken with the camera on an iPhone 5. Camera - The native Camera app was used without the HDR option. Laminar Express…
Alyogyne Karana Alyogyne huegelii selections These gorgeous creatures belong in the same family as Hibiscus, and for ease of memory are referred to as ‘Blue Hibiscus’, more to do with the foliage than the flower colours. Though they are similar in size (1-1.5 m tall and wide), their flowers are different in hue. Karana has...