Three magnificent examples of Gazanias from my garden today. These wonderful flowers, relatives of the daisies, were originally from S. Africa but are so widespread in Australia they are practically natives, growing wild in many areas and sold in garden nurseries all over the place.
They grow as small long-leaved clumps that send out 30-40cm (12-15 inch) long flower stalks and may have as many as 20 flowers in bloom at any given time! (Although 3-6 is more common in my garden.
Each of these flowers are around 7 cm (3 in) in diameter. 🙂
(Click on a pic to open in a new window and click again to see enlarged detail!) 🙂Many of my gazania flowers are golden yellow, but each of them has a distinctive ‘flavour’. Some have a mark on each petal…
… and some don’t! Some are a single shade of yellow, others (not pictured today but you can see here) are ‘two-tone’! 🙂
And then some just seem to want to knock your socks off with glorious colour combinations! 🙂
The ‘white’ dots forming a ring around the yellow mini-flowers in the centre look light blue in natural light. I love how the stamens form a ring of spears with their precious pollen coating their tips.