Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

2 06 2012

Today!! Is this week’s WordPress theme.  The challenge is to take a photo today!

These flowers are from the two grevillea bushes which are in flower right now at the front of our house. It has been a beautiful autumn day with a soft breeze and gentle sunshine. It is a lovely transition into autumn and the grevilleas bring nectar feeding birds to the garden.  Large parrots and small honey-eaters take turns to gather and feed on the sweet flowers and shoots.
The grevillea is native to Australia (and New Guinea, New Caledonia and Sulawesi) and is a common species of the Protaceae family.

These two plants are large shrubs, about 3metres or 10feet high. The yellowy flowered bush (I think this is called Moonlight) starts branching out very low down on the trunk and as such, it provides a great ‘wine glass’ shape and a cluster platform where birds build their nests. I daren’t get too close at the moment as there is a lot of activity going on.

They seem to come back year after year and I love to leave out bits of cotton or soft wadding for them to collect and weave into their houses. One year, we clipped our dog and left some of her soft, woolly fur outside. Sometime later I found that it had been used to line a little nest!!! Fantastic.

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2 06 2012
Shaanthz

Such beautiful flowers….never seen before.

2 06 2012
Louise

Wow – it’s so cool to share things across the world. 🙂 These are prolific in Western Australia, and yes I think they’re beautiful too! Thanks for stopping by.

2 06 2012
dadirri7

that is great louise, i wonder what the pink one is ? we have moonlight too and it is a major source of food year round …. such a vigorous and beautiful plant!

2 06 2012
Louise

Hi Christine, I’ve been searching the net and due to the size of the bush (about 3m/10ft) I think it is likely to be Grevillea “Caloundra Gem”. It’s a very creamy/pink and quite delicate looking. Gorgeous too!

2 06 2012
mountainmae

Amazing flowers- they look crocheted.

2 06 2012
Louise

Wow – what a cool observation – I didn’t think of that but you’re SO right!!! They DO look like crocheted coat hangers don’t they? 🙂

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3 06 2012
Lynne Ayers

Really interesting flower Louise – do they have a scent?

3 06 2012
Louise

Hi Lynne, yes they do. The flowers themselves are not ‘perfumed’ but when they are full of nectar they smell quite like warm honey. It can be quite a heady smell and the birds love it!

3 06 2012
Lynne Ayers

The scent you describe sounds similar to the delicious scent of the honey locust in our side yard. What a wonderful scent to greet you in your yard.

3 06 2012
Heart To Harp

What a beautiful flower! I love all the spiraling petals. And it is so cool that the birds love it.

3 06 2012
Northern Narratives

Wow, I have never seen these. I love the colors and the unique design 🙂 Judy

3 06 2012
The Retiring Sort

These are beautiful – I’ve never seen them before!

3 06 2012
Delft

Lovely exotic flowers. Look like they could come from a Rousseau painting.

3 06 2012
Gilly Gee

They are wonderful, gorgeous soft colours and I love how they attract so many birds. We have them here in the south west but I’ve only seen small ones I guess because winter is too cold.

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3 06 2012
Libby

Amazing photos. I just dropped by to tell you I have nominated you for a couple of blog awards (and I see you already have several!). Anyway there’s a couple more waiting for you at my blog – do check it out!

3 06 2012
Madhu

Beautiful flowers! Love how you help the birds build their nests! They reward you by returning every year 🙂

4 06 2012
eof737

Perfect. Stunning flowers! 🙂

5 06 2012
rommel

It looks like you can eat them. Hehe

10 06 2012
suitablefish

lovely and original

10 06 2012
Louise

Thanks Susan – they’re quite amazing. I saw some others emerging this morning that are really quite pink. I’m going to try to get a shot of them this week between rain showers!!

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