10 September 2009

Australian Native Flowers

Today we visited the annual Flora Festival at Kariong, on the Central Coast of N.S.W. It's a place we love to visit each year for the fabulous floral displays; such a feast for the eyes.

Sharing with you some of our beautiful native flowers. Since many of my readers are from other countries, I'm sure you will enjoy seeing these, almost ... up close and personal.

The large pink flower to the left and bottom right, is the floral emblem for our state of New South Wales, and it's the Waratah. The most commonly recognised Waratah colour though is a deep, dark red. This beautiful soft pink is a hybridized variety. The little five petalled tiny white to soft pink flower is Geraldton Wax, a native of Western Australia.

These are all from the fabulous Banksia family; aren't they just magnificent?

More Banksias, and a stunning gumblossom on the left.


Shawna said...

Thanks for sharing the flower pictures. Wow, I didn't know these flowers even existed! Gorgeous! Australia is so unique and fascinating. It is my dream to travel there someday.

Love the paper cutting, as always.

CWhite said...

Found your blog through a forum post you did on SplitCoast Stampers. Love these flowers! They make our Northern Ohio gardens seem almost dowdy by comparison.

The paper cuttings are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talent.