WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  —  Prolific

I had decided not to enter this week’s photo challenge, but changed my mind today as I had the very good fortune to visit the amazingly beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.  To my delight, there were many plants in full bloom.  My little phone camera struggled with some of the smaller, more delicate flowers, but it absolutely loved the banksias.  There is such a huge variety of banksias, and many were flowering prolifically.  I hope you like them as much as my camera did.

banksiaA

banksiaE

banksiaC

banksiaD

banksiaB

BanksiaH

BanksiaJ

Even when the flower is dead, they have a beautiful sculptural look that is completely fascinating.

banksiaG

banksiadead

On the home front, in Spring we bought a punnet of butternut pumpkin seedlings.  Only two very small pumpkins were produced from four vines.  They did not like the unusually hot Summer temperatures.  We got a surprise when one of the seedlings turned out to be a “Queensland Blue”.  This one seedling produced a bumper crop.  Here are some still on the vine.

Pumpkin

Comments welcome.  Can’t find the Comments Section?  Keep scrolling.

24 thoughts on “So Many Banksias

  1. Oh, my. The banksias came out beautifully. The Queensland blue, so hard to cut, is the only pumpkin I remember from my childhood. My uncle would grow them in among the corn. And then along came the butternut, creating a generation of pumpkin-soup makers.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I didn’t see any banksia men, Pauline, but I kept a look out for them. I think that they may move too fast. I will have to get a better camera if I’m going to have any luck at all in photographing them. 🙂

      My friend was similarly disappointed with her pumpkin haul. I’m going to stick with Queensland Blue next year because they seem to be the only ones that can handle the heat.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s