Wednesday, 10 October 2007


Late September through October is bloom time for the waratah (Telopea speciosissima), floral emblem of New South Wales. Many of these shrubs grow wild in the Blue Mountains, and it's a popular shrub with gardeners who favour native plants. There are a number of cultivars on the market, including pink and cream-coloured ones, but the traditional colour is red. At Mount Tomah Botanic Garden I photographed this impressive specimen of a cultivar called 'Shady Lady'. From a distance, it bears a distinct resemblance to the rhododendrons that I was admiring a month earlier. (see my blog of Sept 10)

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