Here is another in flower series – the life of……..This is number seven and of course I will have some more with one in the getting ready stages now.
I posted an Ivanhoe Grevillea flower in my Last on the Card for August which a lot of people commented that it was a lovely flower. This is a cultivar from around 1967 that first appeared in the Victorian town of Ivanhoe, presumed hybrid between G. longifolia and G. caleyi
The bush flowers from Winter to Summer and attracts small birds. The flowers have been likened to a toothbrush but I like to call it a Hedgehog flower. What do you think?
It is hard to get a whole picture of the bush as the flowers are up to around 5cm in length.
The buds start of like small berries closely grouped together
After a while they start to separate
Then the styles start to appear
The buds begin to separate more as more styles or stamen appear presenting the floral tubes or ovaries in the case of a male or female flower
Opening further to greet the morning sun
Almost totally unfurled beginning to reveal the full flower
Almost ready to show everything as the flower is getting ready to fully open
The underside has a certain insect or marine creature look don’t you think?
A female flower with their styles, stigma and pollen presenters
This flower is in decline. A loss of colour and a separation of the styles
The last throws as the flower starts to degrade
The final signs of life as it ebbs away