Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells (Blandfordia grandiflora) are a common sight in the Wallum area around here. They have been flowering for several weeks now and every time I saw them as I drove along I thought that I should stop and get photos - and didn't! Then my neighbor told me that they were flowering just behind her house. There is a wide strip of land there that has been cleared and burnt and then bulldozed over to make a fire break and these flowers had come up in that ground. The red and yellow form is the most common but there were straight yellow ones and then ones that were mainly yellow but with a wash of orange/red. I don't know if there will be any left until Christmas time - maybe in areas where it is damper and not so sunny.