Spring, South-East Queensland
Stock Photography By Christina Jablonski
The new spring comes rapidly with the warm rains, and bubbles of colour appear everywhere; purple on tibouchinas, pink on the twigs of bauhinia and the hues of red and gold on grevilleas. Soon roses, lilies, gardenias and other plants start to bloom, creating a different tapestry of colours for the approaching summer.
Photo Captions for Spring, South-East Queensland
Image #1. Red & white hippeastrum, Gold Coast
Image #2. Tibouchina, Gold Coast, Australia In its native Brazil tibouchina was used for the church decorations during Easter as the purple colour is a symbol of mourning. Here on the Coast this evergreen shrub is at its best at the end of winter.
Image #3. Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream', Gold Coast, Australia This variety of grevillea is a new cross that has been produced in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. It can be grown in small gardens and, like all its relatives, it attracts the native birds.
Image #4. Strelitzia reginae, Gold Coast, Australia This very popular ornamental plant is a native of South Africa. It grows well on the sunny Gold Coast, and in other warm climate areas of the world.
Image #5. Bauhinia, Gold Coast, Australia This photo was taken just after the rain. The purple pink flowers of so called Hong Kong orchid tree are heavy with droplets. The plant's name relates to its discovery on the shores of Hong Kong at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Image #6. Bauhinia x blakeana, Gold Coast, Australia This purple pink flowering plant is also called Hong Kong orchid tree. The name relates to its discovery on the shores of Hong Kong at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Image #7. Cream lotus, Queensland, Australia This photo was taken at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The lotus has been a legendary and symbolic flower of the ancient Egyptians, Hindus and Buddhists.
Image #8. A lotus bud, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Australia Emerging from the muddy bottom of the pond, the bud reaches above a layer of wide leaves to show its shape and beauty so admired by many.
Image #9. Lotus flower, Queensland, Australia In Australia lotus is mainly grown as a feature plant in water gardens. During the warmer months they produce flowers in many shades of white and pink.
Image #10. Red canna lily, Brisbane, Australia This bright flowering plant is a part of a spectacular display of cannas in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Image #11. Canna lily, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Australia Cannas originally known as canna indica were named after their native region of West Indies. It seems the plant became familiar to Europe and other places some time after the discovery of the New World.
Image #12. Sulphur crested cockatoo, Queensland A popular parrot Australia, this cockatoo is nearly white with a faint yellow colour under its wings and tail, and a strong sulphur coloured crest. This intelligent, curious and noisy bird lives in the wooded area, or visit the suburban gardens.
Image #13. Orange daylilly, Mt Tambourine, Australia Daylilies come in a huge variety of colours or bi-coloured. Natives of Europe, their spectacular, often scented flowers made them popular on other continents.
Image #14. Water lily, Gold Coast, Australia The photo of this large waterlily was taken early in the morning. The pink and white flower was surrounded by its lush round leaves.
Image #15. Blue water lilies, Gold Coast, Australia Pale blue flowers on their long stems surge above the water and bathe in the sun. Here and there bees fly among them to feed undisturbed. The leaves protect some small aquatic animals.
Image #16. Bright pink water lily, Gold Coast, Australia The fiery flowers look so cheerful among the glossy leaves. Especially through the camera lens at noon.
Image #17. Pink water lily, Gold Coast, Australia Such pale pink flowers and their large glossy leaves are one of many varieties to be found in feature gardens, on the edge of the canals, lakes and ponds on the Gold Coast.
Image #18. Yellow water lily, Gold Coast, Australia A dazzling water lily clustered with others in a pond, all different colours and sizes. The mid morning sunlight made the petals look lighter. The pond was a bowl of delicate jewels.
Image #19. Torch Ginger, Queensland, Australia The torch ginger is a stunning ornamental flower. Its shoots and seeds are used as spice in Asian cuisine and leaves for medicinal purposes. This plant was spotted in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.
Image #20. Gardenia, Gold Coast, Australia The fragrant white flowers and their glossy leaves look amazing in the gardens. The plants grow well in a good quality soil in the sunny or shaded position. The flowers may be used or their medicinal properties or to make tea.
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