Val loves these really colorful Peruvian lilies, More correctly they are Alstroemeria, a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are also known as Lily of the Incas. These photos were taken just as the rain started.
Today I visited a lovely garden in Cohuna, a nearby town. In a corner I noticed a tiny flash of red. Val informed me I was looking at a Queensland firewheel tree, Stenocarpus Sinuatis. It was growing a very long way from Queensland, and certainly not anywhere near a rainforest. I was taken by what was remaining of the firewheel flower. The flower, as its name suggests is shaped like a wheel.
For some reason these pics remind me of a spider dangling on a web string. I feel a little uncomfortable. If you search up a pic of the tree actually flowering, (click here) it looks very different when there are lots more wheels,
I also thought the seeds were worthy of a photo. I was all for bringing a few back home and trying to raise them in my glasshouse until Val said it takes a very long time, at least 7 years, before a tree produces any flowers.
I will have to remember to go back and get a photo when the tree has more flowers next year.