TL;DR – We explore all the beautiful flowers I came across during my recent trip to Gladstone.
Flowers of Gladstone –
Earlier this week, it was the Day of the Wattle here in Australia, and with that in mind, I thought I would share some photos of flowers I took on my recent trip to Gladstone, on the central coast of Queensland.
We begin our tour with the humble Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan), more known for the titular legume/pea used in cooking from India to across the world. However, I adore its small yet profoundly yellow flower and its juxtaposition with the red seed pods.
The next flower is this stunning spray of red from a Grevillea (Grevillea aurea x bipinnatifida ‘Molly’). These red flowers invoke the flames of a fire, and they can look very much like that when the whole bush is alight with the red flowers. That is when the tree is not filled with songbirds and butterflies.
Then we have the stoic but dependable Lavender (Lavandula stoechas). It might be more well known for sitting in Potpourri bowls, but watching a bush of lavender sway in the wind as the insects hop from one whorl to the next is a joy. As are seeing the mass of purple from afar, yet the small intricate flowers up close.
I am not sure there is a more staple plant in vegetable gardens like the common pea plant (Pisum sativum). Yet, for all its towering vines and pods, their flowers are delicate and delightful. You can see the veins crisscrossing the petal just like the leaves creating a striking similarity.
If you ever know someone who has a Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa x altissima), then you probably have been plied with jams/chutneys/ or cordials. Well, I personally prefer the flower that explores all the pinkish hues of the spectrum.
One evening as the sun started to wane, I came across these Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) in a garden. The bright orange of the flowers was highlighted even more by the sun behind them, illuminating them to their full potential. They also make a great addition to any salad.
To finish, we have what brought us here: a wattle full of gold (look, it is Acacia something, but I could not tell you which of the 100s it could be). There is a reason that the wattle has become the national floral emblem of Australia [okay, that is officially the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), but I am counting all of them]. The green and gold is an instantly recognisable moment, and it always tends to link me to land and place when I see it.
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