Friday, November 5, 2010

Darlinghurst: Plant Life: Spring Flowers

We are now in the third month of Spring, but in Darlinghurst the temperature has dropped, rain is drizzling and the winds are howling through the Plane trees. I can only recall three sunny weekends this season and that fills me with sadness. I love basking in the sun and singing through the streets on a deliciously warm day, but so far there has been very little of that going on.
Nevertheless, Darlinghurst is still spotted with spring colour, from the Daleks at the Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street crossroads, to the fragrant colour at St Johns Church and the flowers in residents' gardens.
We may live in the inner-city, but Spring in Darlinghurst is blooming, proving you don't always have to flee the city or seek sanctuary in the Royal Botanic Gardens. You just need to keep your eyes open for bursts of pleasure.
Over the past few weeks I have gone blooming bonkers and have photographed the flowers that light my little heart, including these gorgeous Peonies (Paeoniaceae) - in the picture above - which were perched outside in all their splendour at PoHo florist on Macleay Street in nearby Potts Point.
I have listed all the flowers with their family name (to make me sound intelligent) and have also included pictures of cut-flowers purchased at local markets that have brought my apartment to life. Maybe Mother Nature will hear my prayers and praises and grant us with a sunny, flower-filled weekend.


The First Flower I Can't Identify, Discovered on Darley Street (Unidentifiaceae):

Darley Street Yellow Hibiscus (Malvaceae):

Darley Street Yellow Roses (Rosaceae):

Darley Street Crimson Roses (Rosaceae) at Blossom Gardens Nursery:

Royston Street Red Begonias (Begoniaceae):

Royston Street White Primulas (Primulaceae):

Royston Street Small Purple Flowers (Unidentifiaceae):

Nimrod Street Rambling Yellow Flowers (Unidentifiaceae):

Royston Street Sunrise Clivia (Amaryllidaceae):

Royston Street Pale Pink Begonias (Begoniaceae):

Royston Street Exotic Pink Begonias (Begoniaceae):

Kings Cross Police Station's Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia Bonodora):

And Indoors . . .
Kitchen Window Violas (Violaceae):

Bathroom Daffodils (Amaryllidaceae):

Dining Table Trio of Pink Orchids (Orchidaceae):

Spare Chair Oriental Lillies (Liliaceae):

And My Favourite Flower, Side Table Sweet Peas (Fabaceae):

117 Macleay Street
Potts Point NSW 2011
02 9331 4333

Blossom Gardens Nursery
112 Burton Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9361 4786

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