LEFT IN THEIR NATURAL STATE

THERE has been a fair bit of traipsing into the bushland behind our place to check on the flowering of these ironbark orchids. My partner h...


THERE has been a fair bit of traipsing into the bushland behind our place to check on the flowering of these ironbark orchids. My partner has been heading into the hills (literally) every couple of days to report on their development and has dragged all but one member of the family to see them. They're spent now, after about a fortnight - maybe less - of flowering.

Interestingly, as they came into flower, I was reading the Historic Houses Trust publication Lost Gardens of Sydney. These orchids, along with many other varieties, are all but gone from bushland in and around Sydney because they were pilfered for home gardens. It is only thanks to a few diligent individuals that the practice was outlawed and remnants of bushland saved for our enjoyment and the continued propagation of these species.

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8 comments

  1. Pretty lucky find. They're beautiful.

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  2. They are gorgeous. As they are and where they should be.

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  3. Wow, they're beautiful!

    Seeing these reminded me of being a little girl... my friend and I wandered into the bush and picked lots of orchids to try and sell to people up and down the street. I don't think my Dad was too impressed(as a National Parks Ranger!).

    It's great that the orchids near your place are being left now to recover and grow. :o)

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  4. They are exquisite, aren't they? I was going to ask you their exact location but now I know you won't tell me, not only because you want to avoid more pilfering, but because you're too scared of those op-shop nannies knowing where you live...

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  5. arent you lucky!!! they're very pretty...

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  6. Ah good 'ol Historic Houses! My favourite club in Aus to be sure! Those orchids are spectacular - what a sweetie your partner sounds! I love that he got you all out there looking!

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  7. i do love an orchid. this little natives look super special

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  8. This is awesome! So pretty and i love that your partner excitedly drags people to see!

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