Australia has been full of beautiful flowers. One in particular was something we’ve never seen before, but very common along the woodland coast, in fact everywhere we went in New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the banksia.
Not a flower in a garden; it’s actually growing on a tree and has a very elongated flower.
Rainbow lorikeets like to roost on its branches. After the flowering season, the blossoms become odd-looking masses of rough growth with hard seedpods. The pods open and drop seeds to the ground. The propagation must be successful; these trees are everywhere.
This is what is ultimately left in the tree, an odd-looking piece of wood.
Do they have a usefulness? Yes! The wood is very porous. You can buy banksia scent pots, candle holders, and coasters made from the seed pods.
We enjoyed the Eumundi market, like the Windmill in Penn Yan with numerous artisans and eating spots, but MUCH bigger.
Saying goodbye to the Noosa area. (Goodbye was on the other side of the sign.)