‘Flower’ of the Day: Cee’s OBC

What colour! Last week I took this photo in the warmth of the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory, Melbourne.

I’ll submit it as part of Cee’s Photo Challenge but that glorious pink is the plants’ bracts, not the flowers of the poinsettia.


       It was a cool afternoon in June with occasional sun … great for some of us to stroll in the park and enjoy these Autumn avenues.


I sought out a special ‘Fairies Tree‘ in the park. The sun came out again.


First carved  in the 1930’s by Ola Cohn who wanted children and those people who believe in fairies to know there was a sanctuary for them, here. It was restored in the 1970’s and is such delightful whimsy …


…. with lots of talking points and stories here.



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CFFC: Really Red


Red is a troublesome colour. I hunted thru lots of flower photos before I realised that the amount of sunlight changes many reds to orange. Shade-loving Clivias (say ‘Clive-ee-az’) prove my point.


I do think reds are the better for a bit of contrast.


Red also packs a punch. When this tree flowers, it opens up a wine bar for local lorikeets. (They’re often planted in Queensland as shade trees around public buildings, like libraries!) The nectar quickly ferments in the heat … much to the delight of the birds … who quickly throw wild parties, sometimes falling drunkenly out of their tree, and incapable of flying straight home.


Schotia brachypetala, is often called the “Drunken Parrot Tree.” New Year’s for local lorikeets is usually third week in October. The red blossoms are long gone now. It’s all quiet. Shhh.

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