Spring has sprung

8 09 2013

I spent part of this gorgeous spring Sunday morning in the garden (spraying weeds — not much fun) and I noticed how lots of the plants are bursting into flower. The bees are hard at work too!

Oh, and we have some ancient plant species in our (mostly) native garden.

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Green and black kangaroo paw

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These orange kangaroo paws are ready to burst into full flower

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Something (I suspect birds) is chopping off the new flower heads of some of the kangaroo paws

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Yellow kangaroo paws ready to burst into full flower

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I think this is a NZ Christmas tree. Magnificent red flowers, though the camera doesn’t do the red justice.

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NZ Christmas tree?

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One of several varieties of proteas we have in the garden. The flower heads are bright orange, but again, the camera didn’t capture the true colour very well.

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Protea flower heads

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Closer view of those proteas

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Grass tree sending forth its spear. Soon this spear will be about 2 metres long and covered with tine white/yellow flowers

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No idea what this one is, but suspect it’s part of the aloe/agave family

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Yellow strelitzia

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Orange strelitzia

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I think this is a cycad of some sort. I’ve never seen that centre ‘crown’ before. The others I have of these don’t have such a dominant crown yet — perhaps they are less mature?

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No idea 😉

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Also no idea 😉

 


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9 09 2013
sheila

i think the last one is a Day Lily, I was reading recently how they flower better if the flowers are plucked as they die off.
Love your native garden

9 09 2013
treadlemusic

LOVELY!!!! Puh-leeze…..keep those Spring flower photos coming!!!! Fall is beginning its descent (kinda) here. Although the last few days have been above ‘normal’, we know it’s coming. Tomorrow is a heat alert/warning. Temps in the upper 90’s F with indices of 105 F. September??? MN???? Well, we know it will crash! “When” is the question! Great post!!!!! Hugs………

9 09 2013
Tamera in ND, USA

The last two are both different species of Day Lily. So awesome to have “friends” in the southern hemisphere!

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