My stay in Sydney, Australia last December was quite short. But in between the daily trips from the house to the city, or when there's a little time wherever we went, i made sure that i take some shots of any flowers anywhere. Some of the following are from the garden of the house i stayed in, some are found in parks and two shots were in the supermarket flower section.
Flowers in temperate countries are always looking fresh even if it is noontime. This is so obvious to me because here in our country, the petals immediatley showed some wilting as the sun rises to about 10 o'clock. Many flowers here are not able to reach the afternoon without showing dehydration.
This cactus is a desert plant but lends itself to cultivation. It blooms also here in our tropical country but not as prolific as when induced by the cold temperatures in semi temperate or sub-tropical climates.
This is a young growing frond of a fern, the leaves still in thick embrace with the midrib, trying to unfurl so slowly.
I am not familiar, nor have seen before this impressive flowers. A petal automatically drops to allow the stamens and the stigma be fully exposed to pollinators. I haven't seen this type of habit in flowers here in my country yet.
Above is the flower i am very familiar with because its parents can be native to the Philippines. It is a hybrid Phalaenopsis. It is sold in pots and fetch for AU$50. I felt a little envious as the vaselife of this bloom will be much longer here in Sydney.