Ferns and #gumtrees adorned this space for hundreds of square kilometres… thriving in their natural habitat.
Earlier, #kookaburras were heard ringing out amongst the tree tops.
Blue Wrens flitted throughout the trees.
And no other person was around, for miles.
This is kinda Heaven on Earth!
Found it tough to identify these, therefore if anyone knows what they are, please enlighten us!
They were in abundance… we’re in late Spring here.
The backdrop of gorgeous gums completed the scene.
They’re full, radiant and lush. Bursting with colour and that fresh distinct #rose aroma.
They’re exquisite! 🌹
It drapes beautifully over a rear fence, backing onto a public reserve.
Just look at these awesome #Rhododendron… pink as anything and oh so delicate, elegant in appearance.
I’ve seen many in white, too!
Most species are native to eastern Asia and the Himalayan region, but smaller numbers occur elsewhere in Asia, and in North America, Europe and Australia.
Fun fact; there exists, 1,024 different species of Rhododendron 😳🙌
This magnificent #WisteriainSensis, commonly known as the Chinese wisteria, is a species of flowering plant in the pea family, native to China.
I’m in Love with these 🙏💜💜
Found particularly, the south eastern parts.
I love these pale yellow blooms.
Another suburban #gumtree, featuring its unique trunk patterns, akin to typical army fatigues.
The different colour of bark patches are in fact varying layers that have aged over the months. The lighter shades, obvs, are the newer layers.
This beauty is at least 60 foot tall and has most likely been around for longer than most of us, even though it’s a relatively mid-aged tree, I’d suggest.
Many #gums live in excess of 200 years, I read with interest!
You should see these monumental trees in a bush setting. In numbers, they are breathtaking.
Before and After…
The first photo was snapped a month ago.
The second pic was taken prior to sunset the other night. This tree has just commenced blooming.
I plan on keeping an eye on this one and update you with its blooming evolution.
What a beautiful transformation… a gorgeous work in progress.
These #ducks congregating in a circular formation caught my eye earlier…
Were they playing "Ring a Ring o' Rosie?” 🤔
Wanted to get closer shots, but as ducks go, they were somewhat shy and evaded me at any chance!
They probably wondered why I was taking photos of them.
Perhaps they thought I was quackers?
The trusty flora ID App tells me these leaves belong to an #AmericanSweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), which is native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America.
Sweetgums are recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves (similar to maple leaves) and its hard, spiked fruits.
This tree is almost bare, however a handful of beautiful leaves still remain. Notice how the setting sun accentuates the rich network of veins throughout each leaf structure?
And their colours are oh so gorgeous, too!
Oh my goodness!
A typically cool morning, around 10c (50F), and will remain around that temp, albeit a little cloudy throughout the day.
After viewing these stunning pics, I can live with that!
Thanks to @Witchy_Minx for pics! Great snapping you!!
I took the first picture one month ago, ahead of this beauty blooming.
The remainder are pictures from now, late afternoon today!
I find it astounding how such flowering bloom can and does, grow in such a short time and with so much beauty and grace.
This is a #peach. For years I believed it to be cherry. So today, I learned something new about this gorgeous specimen!
(I’ve always noticed this tree but never had the opportunity to check for fruit, nor verified it’s identity). Time to remedy that, this year!!
I love this tree. #stunning.
Terrific pink blooms feature on this one, so lovely.
There’s no doubting where the inspiration from army fatigues came from. Mother Nature herself!!
Check out this #Freesia. Have only spotted a couple and managed to stop to snap this one during my working day.
They are native to the eastern side of southern Africa, from Kenya south to South Africa.
They have fragrant funnel-shaped flowers, and these were sweet with a perfumed aroma.
They come in many colours of the rainbow, including a variety of shades (mixes).
How glorious is that full bloom? A sea of yellow, wow!
Cold last night, car was iced, a low of 1c (34F) but these, like many here in Melbs are hardy and resilient to frost.
This bicoloured #daffodil is beautiful.
Simple, sweet and cheery.
Early blooming, as with many flora of late here in Melbs, but only a couple more weeks until #spring propper… and more of same. I am sure of it!
#LeptospermumScoparium, commonly called mānuka, (Māori) is a species of flowering plant in the myrtle family Myrtaceae, native to New Zealand and south-east Australia.
Its nectar produces Mānuka honey.
#Magnolia × soulangeana (Magnolia denudata × Magnolia liliiflora), the saucer magnolia or sometimes the tulip tree, is displaying majestically here in south east Melbourne!
This one has beautiful blooming flowers in various shades of white, pink, and purple.
Isn’t this bloom just delicious?
Well, hopefully they signal delish fruit to come… as my ID app tells me this is #peach (Prunus persica).
It is a deciduous tree, apparently first domesticated in Zhejiang province of Eastern China.
It will (hopefully!) produce edible juicy peaches (the glossy-skinned, non-fuzzy varieties)… the birds are going to have a ball with this one, when the time comes!
#Strelitzia is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa.
In South Africa, it is commonly known as the #CraneFlower.
The gorgeous ‘flowers’ are so colourful and cheery. A welcomed sight, during late #winter here in Melbs!
Not sure I’ve seen these before in all honesty.
#PhloxDiffusa (per ush, happy to being corrected!!)
#LavandulaStoechas, the Spanish lavender or topped lavender (U.S.) or French lavender (U.K.), is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, occurring natively in several Mediterranean countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey and Greece.
Threw it some of my coffee scroll… loved that!
Then some avo 🥑, my youngest pulled out of his sushi roll earlier… and it absolutely devoured that!
Lucky for them.
Lucky for me, getting these snaps!
Found particularly, the south eastern parts.
I love these pale yellow blooms.
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#PrunusCerasifera is a species of plum known by the common names cherry plum and myrobalan plum.
It is native to Southeast Europe and Western Asia and is naturalised in the British Isles.
Also naturalized in parts of SE Australia where it is considered to be a mildly invasive weed of bushland near urban centers.
Weed or not, I love it!
It is commonly known as the oil-seed camellia or tea oil camellia.
These streaked pink petals are divine. Healthy too!
My car was parked nearby this beauty and now sports a thin film of yellow pollen.
The bursts of bloom are lovely.
These blooms are bountiful and healthy. The petal structure is bright and their heads are full.
They’re a robust flower that are so giving, especially this time of year in the southern hemisphere during #winter time.
A Gorgeous pot of #primrose outside of a residential home in south east Melbs caught my eye.
Did a u-turn and snapped away, as it wasn’t going to go without sharing.
Visual food for the soul!
Happy Sunday to you and yours.
They’re bright, sunny, and make your heart sing!
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They’re colourful, unique and oh so aussie.
Endemic to Queensland, they grow prolifically here in Melbourne. And they are a visual delight to behold. They make my heart sing.
It is a large, evergreen shrub, reaching 2 m in height, with light-green, spear-shaped leaves that are up to 12 cm long, and pale lilac flowers. I’ve noticed some come in white inflorescence as well.
I loved discovering these.
The almond is also the name of the edible and cultivated seed of this tree.
I have previously observed and posted pink inflorescence from this species of tree.
These whites are just as elegant!
The genus #Acacia belongs to the family Mimosaceae. There are some 1350 species of Acacia found throughout the world and close to 1000 of these are found in Australia.
Commonly known as #Wattle, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia.
Australia's national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle.
For those into botanic classifications, this one (pictured) is a #AcaciaPodalyriifolia
#EchiumCandicans, the 'Pride of Madeira', is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to the island of Madeira (in Portugal).
It grows normally as a 1 to 2 meter high shrub, usually with a candelabra-like growth. The flowering inflorescent cluster on this one is say, around 25cm long.
#EucalyptusCaesia, commonly known as caesia or gungurru, is a species of mallee that is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia.
I’ve seen these here and there but have found them difficult to photograph. These were so high up, but managed to get a few good shots of these beauties.
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So elegant in their appearance and structure, these flowers make my heart melt.
Stumbled on this truly awesome #Magnolia × soulangeana (Magnolia denudata × Magnolia liliiflora) this morning, also known as the saucer magnolia or sometimes the tulip tree.
It is a hybrid flowering plant in the genus Magnolia and family Magnoliaceae.
It is a deciduous tree with large, early-blooming flowers and I’ve seen many lately, in various shades of white, pink, and purple.
I read with note that it is one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture, being widely planted in the British Isles, especially in the south of England; and in the United States, especially the east and west coasts.
Elegance all the way!
📍- bentleigheast #australia
Noticed most camellias in Melbs atm are bountiful and full flowered. They’ve come out in the ‘correct’ time. Most of trees are jam packed with colour!
And they’re healthy, with bright green foliage.
Although, this strange ol season and the sunshine of late (we’re 2/3 into winter), is bringing out many spring-time flora out to play, ahead of their usual time.
#PleromaUrvilleanum, also known as Tibouchina urvilleana, is a species of flowering plant native to Brazil.
It’s vibrant (and deep) purple petal shading is quite stunning in person and I am glad the camera reflected this.
Have a Super Sunday, whatever you’re up to!
It’s #olive season here in southern Australia!
Love them or not, these beauties are so versatile as a health tonic, be that simply to eat, cook with or apply to your body.
Magic stuff this!
My ID app doesn’t lock this down to a specific species, but I suspect it’s a #daffodil from the genus Narcissus.
However, Google Lens does indeed confirm it is a daffodil! Otherwise known in some parts, as #jonquil.
So happy and healthy too, I hope these remain in the ground for weeks to come (rather than a vase), for all to see… and marvel.
Seeing these flowering in abundance throughout Melbs atm, ahead of them producing fruit in the coming months (spring, early summer).
The blossoms on this are magnificent. The bursting reds and the anatomy of this flower is quite delightful to the eye.
Elegant and simple, yet visually pleasing.
PS - The flowers are usually red, but can also be white or pink.
What a beauty. And such a unique petal structure!
These flowers (petals) are thick and fleshy to the touch.
This is a #MagnoliaDenudata, the lilytree or Yulan magnolia, native to central and eastern China.
A little bit of info about the #lilytree;
It has been cultivated in Chinese Buddhist temple gardens since 600 AD.
Its flowers were regarded as a symbol of purity in the Tang Dynasty and were planted in the grounds of the Emperor's palace.
It is the official city flower of Shanghai.
As I was taking pictures, an older guy approached me and asks what it’s name is. So we looked it up on my trusty ID app and we chatted for 10 minutes about this group of beautiful plants. Bless!
It’s botanical name is #DietesGrandiflora and is a perennial plant of the family Iridaceae with long, rigid, sword-like green leaves.
This species is common in horticulture in its native South Africa, where it is often used in public gardens and along roadsides.
Grows well here and it’s gorgeous flowers are just breathtaking!
Bees are so industrious and gentle creatures.
There are over 1500 different species of native #Australian bees
Some bees are as tiny as 2mm with the largest being around 24mm.
It is thought that a honeybee produces just one half of a teaspoon of honey throughout its entire working life.
In just a single day a queen bee can lay 3000 eggs.
There are on average around 55,000 worker bees in a bee colony.
A honey bee’s wings flap 11,400 times a minute, which creates the bee buzz - as in, how is this even remotely possible!!! 🤔😮
A queen bee lives for up to two years.
A worker bee lives around 45 days during summer, and less in winter.
All worker bees are females, the only male bees are the drones.
Wow. Look at this beauty!!
It is a GarryaElliptica, aka the coast silk-tassel, silk tassel bush or wavyleaf silktassel.
It is a part of the family Garryaceae, native to the coastal ranges of California and southern Oregon.
It is an erect, bushy, evergreen shrub reaching a height of 2–5 m (7–16 ft).
This one is large and the masses of draping flowers are just beautiful, don’t you think?
These are mature and in bountiful display not far from the SE Freeway… such a shame only a handful of peeps view these beauties… well, until now!
The blooms on these mid-sized trees are bountiful and healthy as anything.
The red petals (pic 1) are spectacular, so too the filaments and anthers of both coloured flowers.
I observed this bird chasing (and snacking on!) insects in the grass near a busy road and footpath.
Was wary of my presence so couldn’t get too close, but it hung about long enough for a few pics at least!
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And a sweet floral scent, pungent as ever!
#DimorphothecaPluvialis, common names white African daisy, Cape rain-daisy, Cape daisy or rain daisy, is a plant species native to South Africa and Namibia.
The camera depicted these beauties perfectly; they were just as vibrant and visually dynamic in appearance irl, as you’re seeing here.
The colours of the petals; amazing whites, violets and purple colours bleeding into each other and dark disk flowers (florets; those that make up the centre - pic 3), contrasted with a small ring of orange are a feast for the visual senses!
But are no less impressive.
Vibrant colours and green foliage are most likely, in part, attributed to the rains of late and the glimpses of winter sunshine throughout the past fortnight.
Surprisingly, we’re seeing Agapanthus (these I believe are #AgapanthusAfricanus) blooming in Melbs, here and there.
Strange timing, however gorgeous all the same.
You’re viewing #AloeArborescens, the krantz aloe or candelabra aloe, a species of flowering succulent perennial plant and a genus which shares with the well known and studied Aloe vera.
Aloe arborescens has succulent green leaves, large vibrantly-colored flowers, winter blooming, and attraction birds, bees, and butterflies.
#AloeVera is derived from the plant’s leaves and has many cosmetic and health benefits.
An amazing plant, and the flowers are just divine!
It’s botanic name is #NarcissusTazetta and many varieties and colours are popping up in many suburbs here atm.
They spout and grow from a bulb and hang about for anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on conditions, location, soil etc I read with interest.
There are at least 25 different daffodil species and up to 13,000 hybrids.
They're the official 10th wedding anniversary flower.
Daffodils contain sap that's often poisonous to other plants.
Info source: NGS.org.Uk
#BanksiaEricifolia, the heath-leaved banksia, or lantern banksia, is a woody shrub native to Australia.
It grows in two separate regions of Central and Northern New South Wales east of the Great Dividing Range.
Well known for its orange or red inflorescences, which contrast with its green fine-leaved heath-like foliage, it is a medium to large shrub that can reach 6 m (20 ft) high and wide, though is usually half that size, like this one.
It normally ‘flowers’ in autumn but this is stretching on (does so in cooler areas) into mid winter, here in Melbs.
#altext, image 1.
The tall gums provide the perfect shade canopy for the ground dwelling ferns, which thrive all year round.
This day (pictured) ranged from 3 - 9 degrees Celsius (37 - 48 F), depending on the altitude.
Surprisingly, even during mid-winter, small bright green fern fronds (called ‘fiddleheads’) were in the early process of unrolling on a number of these plants.
I think this is a #manuka. Aka LeptospermumScoparium, (Māori pronunciation: maːnʉka), New Zealand teatree, broom tea-tree, or just tea tree.
It is native to New Zealand and south-east Australia.
Its nectar produces Mānuka honey.
Love it’s tiny flowers - this series of bushes measured around 4 x 2 metres and was waist height (around a metre).
Pic taken just on sunset.
Good morning!! (Arvo, evening or night! 😉)
#NarcissusJonquilla, commonly known as jonquil or rush daffodil, is a bulbous flowering plant and is a species of daffodil.
It is native to Spain and Portugal, but very much at home here in #Melbs.
Such a mood lifter, especially blooming during our winter months.
Wattles are out in force and blooming profusely - and right on cue, now in Melbourne.
This tree is quite large and the yellow blossoms, generous. The scent of this thing was pungent.
#Wattle is known for such an impressive attribute, as well as their bursts of yellow, of course.
They’re really something else!
It occurs in a few isolated populations on the south coast of Western Australia.
Grows well here in #Melbs and they’re displaying in abundance in gardens throughout our grand city atm, during mid-winter!
The woody spiked head is a greeny -yellow colour, on this one anyways.
Many I’ve noticed present in various colours; some rustic brown, others a deep red too. Just beautiful.
The detail of the rough, woody florettes are astounding.
#Altext, second pic.
My ID app tells me this lovely plant is called a #BergeniaCrassifolia, a species of flowering plant of the genus Bergenia in the family Saxifragaceae.
A common name for the species include heart-leaved bergenia… or the heartleaf #bergenia.
Interesting naming fact; The species crassifolia means "thick-leaved", while the synonym Bergenia cordifolia means "cordate (heart-shaped) leaf".
#CamelliaOleifera, which originated in China, is notable as an important source of edible oil (known as tea oil or camellia oil) obtained from its seeds.
It is commonly known as the oil-seed camellia or tea oil camellia.
It is adorned with a multitude of stunning flowers, as can be observed on pic 4.
“We don’t find peace after everything is perfect… we find peace then see the perfection in everything”.
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
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It has smooth yellowish bark with some rough bark near the base, lance-shaped or curved leaves, flower buds in groups of three and cylindrical, barrel-shaped or shortened spherical fruit.
A widely cultivated species, it has white, red or pink flowers.
This gorgeous flowering #gum was growing, with full happiness and health, in 👇
Oh, a #RainbowLorikeet photobombed at the precise time!
Did you know… there are over 250 known species of the genus #Camellia?
The sheer quantity and visual variety of #flora throughout our world, is just astounding.
If one thing in life is true, you cannot get enough of a good thing, right?
Camellias are one of the most bountiful and generous flowering trees on the planet. And I’m grateful for that.
They make #winter bearable when the floral landscape is normally in its most dormant state, as nature prepares a pallet of colour and fragrance for spring and beyond!
Is a species of Camellia native to China and Japan. It is usually found growing in higher altitudes (up to 900 metres / half mile).
My ID app tells me this gorgeous tree is a #JapaneseApricot.
The flower is a beloved subject in the traditional painting and poetry of countries including China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan… and is usually called ‘plum blossom’.
The fruit of the tree is used in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle, and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine.
Despite its practical uses, this tree is undeniably visually divine!
She told me this whale was active, just like this, for around 20 minutes, prior to sunset yesterday evening.
Southern right whales inhabit oceans south of the Equator and in 2009 the global population was estimated to be in the region of only 14,000. Source: wiki.
Within the #YarraRangersNationalPark.
Meet the gorgeous SalviaInvolucrata!
Also referred to as the roseleaf sage.
It is native to the Mexican states of Puebla, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz, growing in shady places such as the edge of forests.
Its flower’s shape is so unique. And the colour is vibrant and oh so visually pleasing to the eye!
#altext, pic 1.
Forgive me if this is incorrect… my id app and Google both suggest this could be a #Bergenia of some variety.
Anyhow, it’s just beautiful with pink petals and lush green leaves.
Made my morning.
Is the vibrant purple bract flowering masses just beautiful?
It is a herbaceous (non-woody stemmed) plant that is native to subtropical and tropical conifer forests in central and eastern Mexico.
The flowers are usually white, emerging from coloured bracts. It is often grown in warmer locales for its prominent arching velvety blue or purple flowering displays.
Even though we’ve just hit winter here in Oz, this is blooming all the same. And is a welcomed burst of colour on a cool but sunny day (so far!!), today!
I just love this mural. I’ve posted some time ago, but can’t get enough of it
Found it again in my travels recently.
Painted by HaydenDewar.com in 2019, this scene complements another painted on brick, just off Acland Street in StKilda. It has the same humanoid figures and #Australiana themes.
I’ll visit that and feature it here, sometime in the not too distant future.
Gorgeous, and intriguing huh?
#altext first pic 👇
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