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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Selections # 215

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I've been searching my old files again and found you a few very lovely flowers
All you Australians will recognise them, all you Northern Hemisphere people can have a taste of the prettiness that will soon be coming your way as the snows continue to melt. 
Of course your flowers might not be the same as ours, but there will be colours and greenery. 

we'll begin with buds, as all flowers do. I don't remember what they will open into, it's been a long time since I took this photo and I labelled it as buds (*~*)

this one is a grevillea, the next few photos are also grevilleas, but different types and colours.


another grevillea

the only purple grevillea I have ever seen.

almost red

a rose peeking through the fence

these oxalis have closed themselves against the rain, they're quite pretty when open, but are considered a weed and most people get rid of them one way or another. I call them sour-sobs, others say sour-sops and I'm sure there are other names for them.

a single wattle blossom, this tiny puff ball was about a half centimetre across. Now that I'm looking at it, I recall the buds in the first photo were on this very same bush.

finally, a wax flower. 
I hope you've enjoyed this little trip through spring 2010.


  1. Love those pretty and lacy.

  2. The grevillea just became my favorite.

  3. Any spring is good to look at. The current one will be good to bask in--soon, I hope.

  4. Purple grevillea? Stunning. I must try and track one down.

  5. I've never seen a purple grevilllea either.

  6. The wonders and beauty of nature to start of my Sunday...thank you River.

    I hope you and Angel have a wonderful week ahead. Cuddles to Angel. :)

  7. Purple ones are rare I've never seen one, if I do I will take a picture too.

  8. It's like crazy ribbons came to life. Do they keep well in water, or do they need to stay on the shrub?

  9. Beautiful pictures of beautiful flowers and I am sure sour sobs or sour sops have been called many names, and none of them complimentary as they are so difficult to remove from the garden as well as the pink oxalis.
    I love grevilleas and should consider getting a couple of plants Love that purple one which is most unusual. They are great attractants for native birds.
    I have always loved the Geraldton Wax and they are very plentiful in Perth particularly alongside roads on on median strips.

  10. Delores; these are on the bigger bushes so the flowers are a decent size. Not at all like mine, I have small shrubs that only grow 60 cm high and the flowers are a lot tinier than I expected, about thumbnail size.

    joeh; they are lovely, maybe you could find out if any would grow in your area.

    Joanne; I'm sure you'll be sitting on your deck soaking up the sun soon enough.

    fishducky; thank you, grevilleas are one of my favourites.

    Elephant's Child; try all nurseries and google. There must be some information out there.

    Andrew; if you find one will you buy one? I'm not sure it would survive your balcony, being so high up.

    Lee; I put these up hoping to get smiles from people, especially those still covered in snow.

    Merle; I wish I could remember exactly where I'd seen it, then I could ask for a cutting. I'll have to take the photo around to nurseries instead.

    Happy Christine; I have no idea how they would do as a cut flower. I don't usually bring flowers inside because of my hayfever. Perhaps someone else here could answer that for you?

    Mimsie; I know why they are so difficult to remove. Along the roots are many, many tiny white nodules that fall off when the plants are pulled out and from those nodules, new plants grow. The only way to get rid of them is with a poison such as round-up and you have to keep applying it each time buried nodules grow until eventually there aren't any left. it takes years!
    If you have space for grevilleas get large varieties so the flowers are big and showy. Mine are small with tiny, tiny flowers that I can barely see.

  11. Very enjoyable, River.
    I adore Grevilleas, and have never seen such a pretty purple one!
    We have heavy clay and are very heavily shaded, so sadly, they won't grow here at all.
    I used to have many Grevilleas in W.A. where the sun and sandy soil grew prolific natives.

    I'd have a guess and say the first image (buds) is a Bottlebrush variety...

  12. The other flowers are a breath of fresh air for those of us still beleaguered by winter, but the grevilleas are spectacular.

  13. Grevilleas are one of my favourite natives River, but I've never seen before or heard of a purple one - how marvellous!