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My Floral Friday post, is early and in honour of

National Wattle DaySeptember 1st.

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I only became aware of National Wattle Day while watching

Better Homes and Gardens television program last Friday.

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Apart from the first image, a repost, all others are the result of a quick drive around the extended neighbourhood…

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…and the use of my 70-300mm lens on my Nikon D 90

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Wattle trees, and now shrubs, are members of the Acacia family.

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 This last image is one of several Acacia Limelights we have in our garden.  We have yet to see a flower, which is normal.  However, we have planted some above a pebble mulch and discovered the hard way that these pretty little shrubs are dirtier, and scruffier, than teenage boys below that pretty green exterior.

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For more information about Australia Wattles (Acacias) click on this link and watch the Wattle video.

It only runs for 4 minutes.

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Some weeks ago I posted a couple of photos of early flowering Camellias.

Today I have photographed the plants as they are now.

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There is not much more I can say about these plants…..

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…except that I think they look  stunning.

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I hope you enjoy

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Just for the record, these are my photos taken in our garden.

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After a long drive today I have included some shots of a plant which I should know.

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However, I don’t know its name.

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I found it in our garden while shooting some other pictures a few weeks back.

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I think the colours  were the attraction….

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Its been a long day today so I hope you forgive the lack of a name.  I will try and update this post with a name of this plant in the morning.

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Just for the record, these are my photos taken in our garden.

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Festival of Flowers – Floral Friday

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This week I chose to feature a couple of native plants, from our garden, which have been in flower for a few weeks now.

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Grevillia.
Like all plant families there are many types of grevillia.

This one may be the Grevillia ‘Superb‘ (according to Wikipedia).

Grevillia ‘Superb‘ is a dwarf plant (1-2 metres high) and is covered with these delicate flowers. The birds love them.

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Correa, Dusky Bells.

Growing to about 1 metre high, with a 2-3 metre spread Dusky Bells is a shrubby sort of ground cover.  Dusky Bells produces many flowers which are only about 2.5 centimetres (one inch) in length. I love the this one as foliage is just as it appears here all year round and it flowers for a  long time.  Not everyone will agree.

It is commonly known as the native fuchsia.

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Just for the record, these are my photos taken in our garden.

There are similar photos on the web

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Someone commented about the Daphne mentioned in last week’s post.

Ours is just beginning to bloom so I will try to capture it in full bloom if it ever reaches that stage.

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Friday Flower Festival – Mock Orange

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Just had to photograph our Mock Orange last weekend.

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It has been in flower for several weeks now and is located right by our electricity meter…

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…which I read each night to record the amount of solar power returned to the grid. As I brush against he bush I am engulfed by the gorgeous aroma emitted by Mock Orange.

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The Daphne bush, in front of Mock Orange is surviving and does flower, but is not in the same league as its showy neighbour. However, there is likely to be a severe ‘haircut’ when flowers fade…..and daphne is not going to be the victim!

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Friday Flower Festival – Daisy

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Early this week I took a wander around our garden to photograph some early winter blooms.

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This week I focussed on daisies which are getting ready to bloom in earnest.

I have difficulty seeing shades of red among green. I hope this daisy is as visible as I think it should be.

 

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In a few weeks these plants will be covered in bloom brightening the winter gloom.

 

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My favourite.

However, I can see yellow quite clearly and for that reason it is my favourite this week.

A nice drop of ‘sunshine’ to remind us of warmer days.

 

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Friday Flower Festival – Agapanthus

Until around 25 years ago I do not think that I had seen, or at least retained a memory of, an agapanthus.  

All that changed when MGW and I purchased an old rambling 1920s home with an equally old and rambling garden.   

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We had agapanthus growing everywhere, courtesy of the previous owners.

 These are some of the plants that travelled to a new home with us.  

Google tells me they are Lily-Of-The-Nile, agapanthus.

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Since our move we have noticed newer varieties being sold and are in the process of establishing some of them in our garden.  

The purple variety, in the background is the one we refer to as the ‘Black Aggie’.  

Nurseries and Google know it as  the Black Pantha, agapanthus.

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My favourite.

The Black Pantha agapanthus has spectacular deep purple colouring which is a gorgeous contrast to the blue agapanthus.

In another part of the garden there are some Queen Mum agapanthus.

The Queen Mum’s should produce decent blooms next spring and summer.

The Queen Mum petals which has dual-toned flower heads with  are predominately white flower heads which transition gracefully from a purple base to a white tip.

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