After months of the local banksia trees showing only their old scruffy looking seed pods ~
Today, after a lot of rain, I noticed a couple of beautiful fresh lemon yellow banksia flowers blooming 🙂
Joseph Banks collected samples from Botany Bay which were sketched and painted by Sydney Parkinson a botanical artist who was also on the expedition.
I’ve always held a soft spot for banksia seed pods; they remind me of both muppets faces, and the beaks of baby birds gapping open wide begging for more worms!
Banksias were ‘brought to life’ by May Gibbs in 1918 in her children’s books Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
Sadly for me they are portrayed as the baddies of the tale ~