Oh, the Gumnut babies must have been out and about this morning – hiding in this tree!
While trying to keep up with DH whilst out walking after the traditional Sunday breakfast of eggs, (“How else do you know what day it is!”), the tree blossoms were magnificent.
(Read a quick explanation of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ on Lisa Walton’s blog)
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie must be around somewhere!
In our neighbourhood, so many plants are non-natives to Australia, and with the climate changing I wonder how much longer they will continue to survive.
Little ‘hats’ in the making!
The magenta colour is so clear and vibrant, perfectly balanced against the glossy green of the leaves and the shades of lime green in the cups. No wonder nature is a source of inspiration to so many patchwork quilters.
Throw in the muted greys and browns from the trunk and a palette of colours for a striking quilt appears. Now who is going to design and make it?
What Australian native is this?
Every year DS and I venture off to spend the day at the Royal Melbourne Show to check out the Arts and Crafts Pavilion along with all the boutique foods and produce. A few years ago I brought home and potted up two Australian natives – one the black pepper bush and this one. Unfortunately I lost the tag for this plant, so I don’t know what it is. This is the first year it has flowered, and profusely! It is so delicate with a very soft and light, yet sweet, perfume.
I think that last year’s massive 45 degree heat wave on top of the effects of the ten year drought, has impeded this plant’s progress. As a native of the eastern highlands, it needs more water than drier plains area plants, so perhaps this summer’s more temperate weather and watering has made it blossom.
Do you know what it is, let me know!