The Smell of Spring

Glorious to walk about quietly today after a couple of frenetic days.

Whether you love showy bursts of colour or the subtlety of quieter, hidden flowers there is something in all these plants to relish. All photos taken in the grounds at Melbourne Uni.

Whites, Pinks, Mauves, Purples

Greens, Yellows, Oranges, Reds

Would love to know your favourite

My favourite flowers? – the Banksias – these were quite a surprise to see hidden at ground level.

If you’re researching plants or wanting to identify any in a garden or growing naturally – the Australian National Botanic Gardens website is a great resource for matching plants to names. However you have to have at least a vague idea of where to start. I will have to go and track down a couple of names of these plants from the gardeners.

Australian Flora is vast and exquisite in all its forms. With an ever growing number of modern cultivars and even new species being found – there remains a great field of horticultural and botanical discovery. A more general respect of indigenous plant knowledge is also being added to our understanding of our beautiful plant species.
This little snippet from the ABNG website gives a sense of the size of the known species currently indexed:

Nancy Burbidge, Australian Botanist

Dr Nancy Burbidge, Australian Botanist

The Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) was the inspiration of one of Australia’s most prominent botanists, Dr Nancy Burbidge. It was compiled over a period of 15 years from literature in herbaria and botanical libraries around the world, and published in 1991 as a 4-volume set of 3,055 pages, treating over 60,000 names. Originally compiled by Mr Arthur Chapman of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), the underlying database of APNI was transferred to the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in 1991 as its foundation dataset, and as a public-good Internet resource.

Australian Plant Image Index – Australian Botanical Gardens


5 thoughts on “The Smell of Spring

    • Good to know! – the low lying banksia pictured here is a new one to me – quite amazing. I love all the phases of the banksia flowers from their soft furry stage through to their banksia man seed heads.


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