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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Winter colour

When all else fails, you can definitely count on Australian native plants. As soon as the cooler weather arrived, everything in our garden slowed down. Except for the natives, as there are a lot of species that withstand the most harsh temperature. We love its diversity, variety, colours and textures. They are easy to grow, low-maintenance, hardy, vigorous and best of all prolific.

Thank you friends for your visit and leaving your kind and sweet messages. I am counting the weeks when the cooler weather passes and I can get back to more posting action. This weather is truly turning me into a couch potato.

I'm linking to: Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Friday; Martha for Tea Cup Tuesday; Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday; Bernideen for Tea Time ; and The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home.

This is Grevillea var. Lady O

This is Geraldton Wax, endemic to Western Australia

This is another variety of  Grevillea

Banksia var. Giant candles

Tea Tree var. Rhiannon

Hardenbergia Violacea

Callistemon or commonly called bottlebrush

Grevillea Superb

Callistemon Taree Pink

My little posy of native cut flowers

Our Red Kangaroo Paw

A close up photo of Geraldton wax

Another Grevillea Superb

Grevillea var.

Dwarf Banksia Integrefolia

Grevillea ground cover

Another cut flower of Dianella Caerulea or blue flax-lily or blueberry lily or Paroo lily

Australian native violets

This Lorikeet loves the nectar from this Grevillea var. Ned Kelly

Not only a great food source for native birds but also a perfect shelter and protection

Paper Daisy

The pruning of our native plants make a perfect bouquet

Our driveway is lined with bottle brushes, displaying their most bright pink blooms.  

Banksia var. Giant Candles

A close up of Hardenbergia

Eriostemon - bees love them

My freshly cut native bouquet of golden lyre grevillea, bottle brush, Geraldton wax and some tea tree.

The vase is my $2.00 junk shop find.


  1. Your plants and flowers are very bright! It IS hard to get going when the weather is grey. Our daughter just returned from the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot. She said that she just wanted to nap when it was drizzling outside.

  2. Wow, there is so much variety and color in your garden in winter! Where I live things are pretty well dead looking in the winter (except for the evergreens). Thanks for sharing your pretty garden and your lovely pictures--especially the beautiful pictures you took of the Lorikeet!

  3. Lots of beautiful color in your winter garden. In mine, there is only white (snow) and brown (sticks). I prefer yours!

  4. All your wildflower bouquets are wonderful! It is surprising how many flowering shrubs you still have in winter. Our winters are much more grey and dull I think without any flowering plants outside. Great post, because I love wildflowers, especially the unknown ones from far away countries.

  5. I am amazed at the vast varieties of flowers blooming in your garden! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Oh Aida,

    What a beautiful post today of all your native Australian lovelies!! We share the bottle brush and the Eriostemon, (thanks for naming it, as I have tried to locate its name for a while now!). They are all gorgeous, as are your bouquets! Thanks for sharing your winter splendour, my friend!


  7. Dear Aida,
    for me all of this flowers are very exotic. And yours bouqets-so beautiful!

  8. Dear Aida,
    You know how much I love flowers, so seeing your pictures made my heart glad. I really liked the Paper Daisy and the pink Bottle Brushes. I can't believe how beautiful the Lorikeet bird is. If I saw one of those around here, I think I'd hang around and take pictures of it all day. The birds around here are very average looking, but I still love to take pictures of them. I love taking a peek at all the different tea cups that you have because tea time is a favorite time of the day for me. I am actually sipping on tea right now reading one of my favorite blogs........YOURS!

    Have a peaceful Sunday, dear Aida.


  9. Lovely native garden! It's encouraging me to plant a few more! They are wonderful!

  10. Hello Aida,

    You are so right Natives give us a burst of colour in the Winter. I see your Geraldton Wax has opened up, ours are just about too. I bet the bees are loving your garden right now.

    Have a happy day.

  11. Hi Aida,

    Great to see all the Australian flowers you have shared and lovely to discover your blog.
    Many thanks for visiting me.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend

  12. Life is colourful because of these flowers, and all the friends around.

  13. beautiful and exotic natives you have! amazing bouquet!!!

  14. Such a lovely variety of flowers!

  15. Your garden must look so lovely! I have a red grevillea in the backyard and it really is lovely and brings the lorikeets in. I'm loving the arrangements you made with the natives and that thrifted vase is delightful!

  16. Hello!:) Many thanks for your visit yesterday. I really enjoyed looking at your native garden plants, such pretty and exotic looking flowers. I'm impressed that you know all the names of them also, most of which I have never heard of, or seen before. You have a lovely and colourful garden.:)

  17. Beautiful flowers, very exotic for me, most I saw for the first time. I now, after the holiday, is impressed by the bush which still hang butterflies. His name Spiraea. I gotta have it
    Vase real bargain