Saturday, January 3, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS ~ 11 Australian Dryland Flora

Here are some of our Native Wildflowers ,
survivors in coastal sand dunes and desert country.

The Desert Wattle, no more than 18" high in the
Little Desert Nat.Park blooming it's little heart out



These I found in coastal sand dunes on the
Eyre Peninsula. I have tried to find their name,
but even in the Nat. Botanical Gardens there is
no listing for them. I have seen them grow into a
4' bush covered with these pea shaped flowers.



Sturt's Desert Rose, quite a large bloom 3-4" across.



A beautiful Banksia flowering on a coastal cliff,
grows to a medium sized tree.



The lovely little Sun Orchid in the Little Desert.



Another low growing, profusely flowering desert
dweller.


The Pincushion Hakea, Hakea laurina, needing a
litttle more water but quite stunning when covering
a 15' bush.


and last but not least, the stunning red Correa



Just a small selection of some off our dryland flora.
My native flora books are not to hand at present so
botanical names are in short supply. Enjoy the colours.

Please visit flowers around the world via Logo on right.
My thanks to Luiz Santilli Jr., Denise B. Castro and
Laerte Pupo for their splendid organization of this meme.

66 comments:

  1. Oh how beautiful those flowers are...I just love them..thanks again for sharing...

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  2. Since we're suffering through winter up here, you're flowers are a delightful reminder of what is to come! Thanks.

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  3. I think that orchid is beautiful. I'm enjoying your blog, especially knowing that you are having summer now while we are under snow drifts! cheers!

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  4. I always admire the beauty of these wild flowers. They are even more intriguing because one cannot pick them and put them in vases for they will immediately wither. They were meant to be really free and for the most, people leave them alone. That's wonderful.

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  5. Good Morning! And thanks for your visits to my blog!! I love this series of beatiful flowers! We are having gray, rainy, dreary weather here in MS, USA. It's wonderful to think about it being summer somewhere.

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  6. Beautiful flowers,all of them.It is so neat to see flowers and nature from the other side of the world.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  7. It's such a treat to visit you and revisit the flowers of summer!! If I ever get weary of the winter skies out my window, I just pop over and ... voila!! Thank you!

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  8. Beautiful..I was at the store on Friday and decided to treat myself to some cut flowers. I only know what a couple of them are..I will have to post a picture..but they cheered me up...

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  9. I especially love the red bell flowers, with the dense foliage. Wow. I'm so glad to have come by for your glorious colors; it's such a cold, wintry day here.

    Thanks for your Sky Watch visit!

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  10. Awesome! what a beautiful flowers! happy colors! I cant wait for spring to come! thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blogs and leaving a comments. :) happy new year!!! more beautiful photographs to take this year!

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  11. Such bright colors. We need the color here since winter and snow cover my place. MB

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  12. Wonderful flowers, some of which I have seen in Queensland too. I took photos of the banksia in the Botanic Gardens in Cooktown, but I know that this Banksia is a lot smaller than the one in west Australia.The wattle tree is also found in Queensland.
    Thanks for sharing, Arija!

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  13. Sand Dune Flowers are amazing, dealing with the salt and the deep and shifting sands. It was fun looking at what your dune habitat looks like in comparison to ours. Thanks.

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  14. I love the red Correa!

    Is the Desert Wattle some kind of Acacia?

    It's so interesting seeing these oh-so-different wild flowers!

    One of my favourite trees is Eucalyptus - especially glaucescens. I expect you have loads of them over your way!

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  15. I love wildflowers. The tiny Wattles are wonderful and the Desert Pea is marvelous. There are not many of those left in my area, perhaps more to the West where it is much drier. In a wet year lots of different native ferns are emerging as this used to be part of a rain forest.
    The four winds clouds in your SW are all beautiful and I could not make up my mind
    which is my favorite.

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  16. Oh those are so beautiful! and even more so because it is still so gray and grim here in Washington. Thanks for such a beautiful parade of nature at her best! I love them!

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  17. They are all gorgeous, but the Sturt Desert Rose is absolutely stunning!

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  18. Gorgeous! That second picture is a work of art! A Happy New Year to you and I wish you many, many wonderful hours rummaging through nature and your garden!

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  19. Very beautiful colourful flowers series.
    That little Sun Orchid with six purple petals is my choice.

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  20. Such a lovely collection of blooms! Thank you so much for letting us know that our Mother Earth grows these in her womb!
    Some that I managed to get the botanical name of Desert Pea from Internet:
    * Sturt's Desert Pea - Swainsona formosa

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  21. Isn't it amazing that all these beautiful flowers are growing in such a dry land as ours and also in drought conditions - exceptional.

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  22. Beautiful flowers, especially the last photo seems to speak to me.

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  23. You have such beautiful photos and flowers. It is refreshing to visit your country vicariously as we wallow in winter here in the northern U.S.

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  24. What lovely native plants. I love botanicals, and your shots of them are wonderful!

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  25. Reader Wil,
    Banksia and Acacia (commonly called Wattle) both genera have hundreds of species Australia wide.

    Raph G. Neckmann
    Wattle is the common name for Acacia.
    E-glaucescens is not one we are familiar with although we have many others on our farm.

    Titania
    my photo is of a pea shaped flower, unfortunately not Sturt's Desert Pea.

    Chandramouli S.
    The Sturt's Desert Pea is a groundcover growing in the deep inland deserts. the plant in my photo is of quite a sizeable shrub.

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  26. A beautiful bouquet for the day.

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  27. What vibrant colors and beauty these flowers are!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best wishes to you too, Arija!

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  28. It is a treat and a thrill for me to see wildflowers blossoming in the desert! Yours are of Australia..I winter in Arizona soon and look forward to seeing desert wild flowers in bloom!
    Today's Flowers is uplifting for those of us that live in black and white worlds with snow!

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  29. What a wonderful flowers!!!!
    See you soon ^^

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  30. Fantastic flowers !!! It's beatifoul !!!
    Hi, thanks for your post in the my blog.-

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  31. Wow...everyone of these is gorgeous! What wonderful beauty to enjoy for those of us in the middle of the dead and dreariness of winter.

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  32. I walked with you through the desert drylands and enjoyed the shapes, colurs and sheer joy of all the beautiful flowers. Thank you for that walk. The Sun orchid made me go aaah! Fresh from watering and droplets still lingering on the lovely blue petals. So very exquisit.

    Here's one who is eagerly waiting for spring time and the start of the gardening season at our summer cottage.

    Welcome to visit my garden blog: http://blomster.vuodatus.net/

    It is in finnish but don't hesitate to click on the categories at the left hand side(=kategoriat). Pictures speak more than a thousand words as we all know :D

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  33. The first photo reminds me of the mimosa that blooms here at the end of January. It was/is a native of Australia. I love the cheery yellow flowers.

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  34. You captured some very nice flowers there.

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  35. Such gorgeous flowers cheered me up no end. When we visited Australia in Feb last year, we loved the Banksia especially.

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  36. absolutely lovely, each and every one of them. Hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing

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  37. Arija

    Marvelous your flowers!
    Thanks for posting in TODAY'S FLOWERS!
    Hope you have a great 2009!

    Luiz

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  38. All are wonderful, but I love those bright red (pea-shaped?) things toward the top (2nd down). I've never seen any of these.

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  39. What a nice selections of flowers for the beginning of a New Year

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  40. Such beautiful flowers. A couple look a little simular to some that I have encountered around here, or on my travels along the west coast. Thanks for sharing

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  41. Those are all beautiful flowers. The Banksia flower really intrigued me. Smiles B

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  42. Beautiful shots of the flowers. The vivid colors are stunning. I enjoy our four seasons, but these almost make me long for spring all year.

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  43. what a lovely series of photos.

    Gill in Canada

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  44. I just can't pick up my favorite - they are all gorgeous! Thank you for your visit and greetings from freezing Croatia.

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  45. those flowers are beautiful and very attractive.

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  46. Great shots, all of them. They're all so pretty.
    :-)

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  47. Wow ... what a lovely collection of flowers in your part of the world, mostly unfamiliar to me. I've shared the last roses from my yard this week at Happily Retired Gal and Sacred Ruminations, especially for all those folks who are currently snowbound. I'll be cutting those bushes back in the next week or two so I'll have no NEW roses to share until Spring time.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  48. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your photos of these beautiful, and very different, blooming plants.

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  49. And so I envy the season and the flowers as well! Another lovely display of flowers! Surely wild yet beautiful. Enjoy your week!

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  50. they are all pretty, I like all of them..

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  51. I wish some of those dryland flowers were available here. Maybe they wouldn't be hardy in my zone. I'm trying to create a garden that doesn't require as much suplamental water.
    Marnie

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  52. All of these are so beautiful!
    Love the orchid with the drops of water.

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  53. Uniquely beautiful flowers! They're just gorgeous.

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  54. Just stunning Arija...wildflowers at their best. Love the ones in the Snowy Mountains as well especially the lupins when they come out!!! Dzintra

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  55. Exquisite, Arija - Every one is beautiful, but the desert rose is my very favorite.

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  56. These are great flowers. Some are very unusual to me.

    Great job and thanks for posting these pictures.

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  57. Lovely, any desert flower is a favorite of mine as I live in the foothills of Calif full of chaparral. The Banksia is a personal fave.

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  58. You got a lot there and they're undoubtedly beautiful. Thanks for the visit.

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  59. They are all gorgeous!...
    That orchid is beautiful.
    Awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Portugal...

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  60. Arija: What a wonderful series of photos, you did a great job of capturing them all. The pincushion is a really special flower shape.

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  61. What a beautiful blog! Your photos are stunning.

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  62. Amazing photos, thanks for sharing.

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  63. Beautiful flowers you've shared with us :)

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