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A Red Hill vase on Monday

I am cheating again with my vase on Monday.  Not my own work!  I went to a wonderful market on Saturday at Red Hill in the Mornington Peninsula, and one of the stalls was full of native Australian flowers.  I took a few hurried photos of one large enamel vase with some very interesting and quirky flowers and leaves and so this is 'my' vase on Monday.  Apart from the copper beech leaves, I'm afraid I don't know the names of any of the plants, although I think the large cone shaped one is a banksia.
Thank you to Peninsula Wild Flowers!


  1. Lovely. It was a fabulous market - lots of original craft. Yes banksia for sure, eucalyptus but the purply red leaf has me stumped.

    Glad you enjoyed it. x

  2. You didn't stop to ask the florist...? ;) I wonder how much plant knowledge some florists have though, if they are not gardeners and see their material purely as decoration...? It's fascinating to see what's on offer though, whether we know what it is or not. Thanks for sharing

    1. It was such a lovely stall that the smallholder was a busy girl! The cone shaped flower (hardly seems like a flower to me!) is a banksia. The little fluffy dark red seedhead is something I used to use when I was doing the flowers for the company I worked for some years ago. I can't remember the name of it, nor can I find it online. Annoyingly I saw it again today in Prahan Market (photos to follow on the blog) and I should have asked then - but didn't!! Too busy taking photos of an incredible array of flowers. A

  3. I love seeing native flowers from around the world...these are just gorgeous and I am glad you shared them with us!

  4. I adore Australian plants and as my area of Southern California has a Mediterranean climate like that of southwest Australia, I use a lot of them in my own garden. That said, other than the Banksia and the Eucalyptus foliage, I can't help you with any plant IDs for the vase material. The flowers in front of the sign (last picture) look to be from a Leucospermum, though.

  5. Like Kris, I'm a big fan of Australian plants and have many, mostly grevilleas and eucalyptus, in my own garden. One of the greens looks like Acacia pravissima. What a wonderful arrangement.


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