Sunday, March 22, 2009

Today's Flowers - Banksia Robur or Swamp Banksia

Thank you Luiz Santilli for having me as Guest today.






Few plants are as charming and striking as this beautiful banksia, which grows in my garden. This is a uniquely Australian plant. The Swamp Banksia as the name suggests is at home in damp and swampy areas. The flower spikes grow to around 18cm long starting as blue-green, changing to a gold colour and then to a rich rusty-brown. The plant flowers for long periods of the year from summer to winter preferring full sun for maximum flower development. The large serrated leaves grow up to 30cm long and 8cm wide and are a deep glossy green. It attracts lots of birds which feed on the flowers.


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45 comments:

  1. The Banksias are truly beautiful flowers and lasting such a long time. A feast for us and for the birds. Love, Mum.

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  2. Just beautiful..
    I would love to have Banksias growing in my garden!
    - Cheers Gisela.

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  3. Hello,
    Flowers really come in all shapes and sizes !

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  4. Interesting flowers! Nice photos:)

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  5. Lovely flowers!

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  6. Certainly like nothing I have ever seen.

    Love the bird (is it a parrot?). So colorful.

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  7. I have never seen such flower amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Gunilla in Sweden

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  8. Very unusual to my eyes...but I garden in Canada!

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  9. I have grown a few banksias, but never the swamp variety. Amazing how much longer the brushes are of this one, plus the bonus of changing colour! Great shots!

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  10. Beautiful and fascinating.I shall be returning to your blog.

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  11. This are beautiful and unusual! I would love to see these flowers some day!

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  12. your passion-fruit photo series over at today's flowers is delicious!

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  13. Fascinating plant and lovely photos. Thanks for sharing

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  14. These are really interesting. Don't look now, but in one of the photos, there's a bird blooming out of the plant ;-)

    This is a great post - I had never heard of Banksias before.

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  15. Wow what a beautiful plant. We don't have anything like that here at least i have never seen anything like it before.

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  16. The flowers here and on Today's Flowers are wonderful. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  17. That is the funniest thing! And so gorgeous the parrot is! Never seen anything like it!

    Congratulation for being guest on Today's Flower! Beautiful shots also there!

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  18. Certainly a different looking flower. But lovely. Love those native plants.

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  19. Beautiful Passion Flowers and fruit. Mine died already last year, we used to get baskets full of fruit...drat the drought!
    You are lucky to have a moist enough place to grow tha great Swamp Banksia. Quite odd growth habit, producing terminalflowers in multiples, also on to of the seed heads. Love the Rainbow Lorikeet too.

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  20. It looks really exotic - great pics of it!

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  21. These are really exotic flowers - thank you so much for sharing them with the rest of the world. Greetings from Croatia.

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  22. I'm new to this meme and I find the most exotic and wonderful flowers here. They really are most amazing. You can see that they are large compared to that wonderful bird. Parrot is it? Also my compliments on the pictures you have hosted with. Magnificent.

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  23. what a neat plant, so unusual.....great photos and info.

    Gill in Canada

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  24. I did not truly appreciate these exotic blooms until I came to the southwest Arizona and see many blossoms and flowers I don't see in my world.I love your feature guest images..a passion flower and it's fruit!! Happy TF! :)NG

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  25. This is really a very different flower!

    The Passion flower and fruit at Today's Flowers are amazing!

    Have a nice week.

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  26. the banksia is lovely, but i am really struck by the flowers of the passionfruit at Today's Flowers (cat left lap, so now I can typw eith both hands)!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. Great photos Marie Louise. Love the lorikeet. Thought we must have lived in the same part of the world! I have been photographing the lorikeets lately too! Well done. I also like the moon photos, and managed to capture it the other week too!

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  28. Very unusual and exotic plants..
    Great shots,indeed...I love all and the main post too...Magnificent!!!
    Have a nice week!

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  29. Charming flowers indeed. I was in Australia last year but didn't get a chance to see them.
    thanks for sharing with us.
    greetings from Malaysia.

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  30. What a fantastic plant! I've not ever seen one before and your photos show it off very well. That bird is lovely too!

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  31. A little bit weird but cool flowers here. Haven'http://www.joyaxtraverse.com/?p=279 t seen like that yet!

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  32. Oh!.. I only notice the beautiful Rainbow Parakeet here!

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  33. Congrats as Today's Flowers guest host :)! I love the Marquisa plant and your lovely flowers here. What a beautiful parakeet as well. Best wishes.

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  34. Congrats on being today's guest friend. I've never seen the flower before. Thanks for sharing.Blossom Blooms

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  35. Thank you all for your lovely lovely comments. The bird in the second pictures is a Rainbow Lorikeet. We get many of these types of birds in the garden as they feed on the nectar of the native plants, like the Banksias,Grevilleas,Melaleucas and Callistemons which are all native to Australia.

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  36. Great passion fruit! I love passion fruit juice. Had lots of that when i was still in college because they serve it in the cafeteria.

    I played here - http://dgscrappingandme.blogspot.com/2009/03/scrappin-mondaze-6.html

    Arlene

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  37. I have never seen this type of plant before, so exotic looking. Your photos were wonderful.

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  38. Certainly a new flower to me up here in North America. I love all your flower photos. Congratulations on being Guest Host of Flowers for Today! And your frangipani below is perfect, just perfect.

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  39. Wonderful roses! And also the Banksia nuts are great! They are much bigger than the ones I saw last summer in Queensland in the Botanic gardens of Cooktown. Last year I had a post about them with the photos. I have also some coasters made of the giant Banksia nut.

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  40. They are so rare, never seen like this before. The post was so interesting and so informative. Thanks for hosting Today's Flowers.

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  41. I like that passion fruit flower.

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  42. Marie-Louise
    Great post in TODAY'S FLOWERS!
    Wonderful flowers!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I'm very glad for your great success as "Guest Friend".

    Luiz

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  43. I'm unfamiliar with this plant, so thanks for the introduction in this post. the pink roses in your header are beautiful too.
    Hugs and blessings,

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