There are many species of Banksia found in Australia. They are easy to grow and care for so are found in many gardens. They are also very attractive to birds.
They are named after Joseph Banks who journeyed with Captain Cook in 1770. Joseph collected many species to take back to England to explore more about these unusual plants.
Below are those I have taken in my travels around Australia but in particular in Western Australia. If you know their scientific name, please leave in a comment below.
The image above was taken on the Donnelly River Cruise near the Windy Harbour area of Western Australia in October 2012.
The image above was taken in Albany near the whaling station in October 2012.
The above image was taken at a house near where I live in Tasmania.
Birds in my garden
You will find images of many of the birds that visit my garden throughout this A-Z challenge * but here is a list of my most common visitors.
- Eastern Rosella *
- Musk Lorikeet *
- Kookaburra *
- Noisy Miner
- Grey Butcherbird
- Yellow tailed black cockatoo *
- Sulphur crested cockatoo *
There are many different ferns found in Australia. This one is found in the driveway leading up to my place in Tasmania. For some reason the fronds die off quite often. Think this might be because they are used to being in a wet environment while my driveway area is very dry.
The proper name for this fern is Dicksonia antarctica.
The trunk area is where fern fronds have broken off over the years of growth.
Just checking how easy it is to add an image via Safari.
Late last year I had a tall eucalypt cut down completely. I have just noticed new life sprouting from the remains. Wonder if it will grow tall or will it have many trunks?
Tried ItZooms again this time ordinary colours and zoomed about 3 times. Curled fern fronds, now my ipad is covered in little dots of spores or dust.
A little bit of Western Australia in my garden. A kangaroo paw that suddenly shot up after being so small for a couple of years.
It’s winter here and I was looking at one patch of my garden. Decided it needed some sprucing up with more plants. Now I have retired I had gone through all my old worksheets, (some even run off with a spirit duplicator about 30 years ago) and shredded them. Made seven large garbage bags of small bits of paper. Laid them down on the garden and wetted them well. But not enough – so will have to shred more over the next couple of days before adding again to the garden.
Shredded worksheets as compost
This image is for Diane – these are typical of our autumn colours in Tasmania in the Derwent Valley near New Norfolk.
Still blooming – a species of acacia or wattle.
Some flowers in my suburb are still flowering despite it being autumn. This is either a grevillea or hakea. Anyone tell me ?
So many different things washed up on the beach after heavy seas. Loved the colour of this sponge!
Must have been strong waves and tide to bring this type of kelp onto the beach! This is usually anchored deep in the sea not near our shallow bay.