Floral Friday - native blooms

Happy November! It's Floral Friday today and this month's theme is "native blooms".

Here's a confession: When I first moved to Australia, I thought the native flowers here were a bit 'meh'. They are (mostly) spindly, spiky, dry and wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi movie. But over the years, I've learnt to appreciate their unique beauty. They are brightly coloured and tough - resilient to the harsh Australian sun and drought. And mostly, I love how to their nectar provide food for so many of our native birds and animals.
Australian natives from left to right: Lomandra longifolia, callistemon (various), grevillea (various)
What flowers are native to your part of the world? Show us by linking up below with your native blooms. Be sure to check out everyone else's links too!

Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email me for next month's theme.

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21 Responses to Floral Friday - native blooms

Jennifer Tran said...

Love love love your idea!!! And it is such a nice collection of natives you have there. Thanks for sharing with us. I'm so glad to be a part of this month's floral Friday. Can't wait to check out everyone's entries.

OtherMix said...

The bottlebrush ones are nice! :]

I had a hard time for finding a good flower this month. I failed too. Not much is growing here now, and I have the idea that we basically just imported everything.
I mean, even the Tulips are originally from Turkey, though everyone sees them as Dutch!

Next time better luck!

My Garden Diaries said...

Ah!!!! What a rich array of stunning blooms and foliage you have there pal!!! The colors are just so rich and pretty! Wishing you a glorious day! Nicole xo

Sharon D said...

Beautiful plants. I especially love the one that looks like a bottle brush :D

Anouk said...

Great that you continue with the series! I remember you asked me to join but it was around the same time of the year when winter was nearing in Europe. The flowers you are showing here - I have never seen any similar where I live. They are very colourful and nice to look at!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It's so cool to see these Australian beauties. They look so exotic compared to the flowers I usually see around NYC.

Ananka said...

Such lovely flowers. I like the photo of them :-)

Cannot believe it's Nov already! :-|

burntfeather said...

I'm with your trishie, natives have taken a while to slowly grown on me too. I love how you mentioned their ability to attract wildlife that in itself makes them beautiful :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

You have picked a lovely collection of your native blooms - the bottle brush is always a wonderful flower and we have some growing over here too.
Thanks for organizing Floral Friday and it will be great to see what other flowers are blooming elsewhere.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

akiko hiramatsu said...

Hi!
I cannot see such a flower in Japan. A color is very dark, and these seem to overflow for vitality!!

akiko

Debie Grace said...

We have Gumamela here! I do not know if it grows somewhere else except in this country so I thought that would be good answer. :)

Jane said...

i love that they are bright, tough and resilient :) shows a lot of beauty and strength!

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

They are certainly unique and I'm glad you've grown to love them and actually identified them as native. Now I wonder what's native to my area!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are so beautiful, Trishie - I love the bottle brush blooms! Native flowers are my favorite! Thank you for hosting such a fun meme! xo Karen

Kelsea Echo said...

Wow - all of these flowers are GORGEOUS!!!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

So beautiful and unique!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Dogwoods. Good question!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Trishie, something went wrong with my photo there, it didn't let me crop or edit it. I still have time to link a new post, maybe more Australian native flowers.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Christine Uy said...

Wow.. those are beautiful.. don't even know half of it, but they look amazing :) I've always dreamed of a garden full of different flowers.

Take care always, love Christine ~ xx
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Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, what an amazing array of flowers - I do not think that I know any of them - how very interesting to get to know them through your wonderful pictures!

Rose said...

Lovely post. I came to know this floral Friday from Azura.