Wild Australian Bush Flowers in the Springtime

On a visit to my parents a couple of weeks ago I snapped these little beauties in the bush next to their house. I hope you enjoy these colourful delights, however, I must admit I don’t know all the botanical names! Argh! I”l have to become a botanist I think …..

 

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Bush iris or native iris, Patersonia occidentalis

Bush iris or native iris,
Patersonia occidentalis

 

Egg and bacon plant, Pultenaea villosa Willd.

Egg and bacon plant, Pultenaea villosa Willd.

 

Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

Waratah, Telopea speciosissima

 

wild freesia , Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii

wild freesia , Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii

 

I have no idea what this sweet little flower is

I have no idea what this sweet little flower is

 

wattle, genus Acacia but I'm not sure what species this is

wattle, genus Acacia but I’m not sure what species this is

 

 

borania, genus name Boronia but I'm not sure which one this is

boronia, genus name Boronia but I’m not sure which one this is

grevillea, genus name Grevillea but I'm not sure what species

grevillea, genus name Grevillea but I’m not sure what species

 

protect our natural habitat

protect our natural habitat!

 

Thanks for enjoying this lovely Sydney springtime bush walk with me xoxo

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Winter Flowers in My Neighbourhood – A Photo Essay

Looking for inspiration today I quickly walked around the block and snapped a few happy winter flowers. This is what I saw:

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A pretty camelia round the back lane:

 

A pretty camelia around in the back lane

camelia

 

And my forever favourite, lavender. The girls next door just planted these plants called “Avonview”. It’s Lavandula stoechas ssp Avonview:

 

lovely lavender

lovely lavender

 

A distant shot over the fence, up the laneway, in a grey sky:

magnolia

magnolia

 

A stunning lilly opposite me in my little street:

 

Arum lilly

Arum lilly

 

A cute little pansy with a face, spotted on my way back from the post office:

pansy

pansy

 

My red zygo cactus (the pink one has already flowered:

 

zygo cactus

zygo cactus

 

And some beautiful ornamental kale in a bunch of flowers for my mum:

 

ornamental kale

ornamental kale

 

And finally the beautifully illustrated paper from the local book shop. They gift wrapped a book I bought for my 86 year old mum in hospital:

 

botanical gift wrapping paper

botanical gift wrapping paper

Thank you.

The end.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Violet – The Flower and the Scent

I’ve always loved violets. Wild violets, violets on a windowsill, violet ground cover – oh so petite and pretty. When I was bush-walking with my cousin on the weekend I snapped a pretty violet in the wild and it got me remembering ……

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pretty wild violet

pretty wild violet

 

Memories of my childhood, nothing specific really, just a general fondness and lovely feelings come to me when I see a violet. I love the delicacy of the flower, the deep rich colour (symbolising the Crown chakra), and the old-fashioned simplicity of the cute little things. I suppose they remind me of my Great Aunt, and other elders passed. I think I had a violet perfume and it could be this one:

The sweet little perfume Devon Violets

The sweet little perfume Devon Violets

 

I remember this perfume being almost sickly sweet – I don’t think I even liked it! But what I liked was the colour of the bottle, the purple ribbon, and the idea that this came from violets! Well of course there’s no real violet absolute in here, just synthetic fragrance, but at the time I simply assumed it was real. So I over used the perfume, as most young women do, and as a 10-year-old, thought I was marvellous.

 

Lovely violet ground cover

Lovely violet ground cover

 

Fast forward about 20 years, and as I discovered my love for essential oils I came across “violet leaf” absolute. Hardly able to contain my excitement I bought it, only to realise on opening the bottle it was “leaf”, not “petal” or “flower”. This absolute has a place in perfumery, but does not have a solid foundation in aromatherapy. Obtaining a real extract from violets is almost impossible because of the yield ratio – meaning millions of little flowers may yield a tiny amount of absolute, making it hugely expensive. I actually don’t know if anyone makes this, but if they did I probably couldn’t afford it!

As I forge further into botanical perfumery, I hope to add some violet leaf to a new creation – if only for the romantic notion.

 

My neighbours violets in the rain

My neighbours violets in the rain

I’ve often found describing a scent difficult, so my dear friend Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies, sums up the tiny violet perfectly:

 

“Violets are cool, waxy, fresh and crisp to me.

If any flower could simultaneously give the smell of spring and melancholy, I think it’s the humble violet.”

 

How can I say more?

Do you love violets too?

violet

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Flowers in Purple

Hi natural beauties! This week I am republishing a post that Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies curated for me. Because I’m busy. That’s my excuse. And the pics are all by me, and they are gorgeous! Thanks nature x

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Hi APJ,

I’m looking though my photos and everything seemed to be purple. Peaceful, perfect, poignant purple.

Purple: Photo Essay

Suzanne R Banks Prince Purple #1

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Suzanne R Banks Prince Purple #6

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“I might just stop talking again and not do interviews.”

Prince

 

Vale Prince

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