Monday, June 01, 2009

Welcoming Winter

Hi Lily, Hi Lily, Hi-Lo

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Today is the first day of winter here in Australia, so I thought I’d give you an idea of how flowers can be used to brighten our horizons.

Melburnians love their gardens, although the last few years have been tough going, with the prolonged drought and the progressively tougher water restrictions. But this display of flowers, shot outside the GPO in central Melbourne, shows just how important flowers really are to Melburnians.


The first shot was taken as I walked down Bourke Street, then I decided to go a little closer. So I walked up the first couple of stairs to get a good look at the vibrant gerberas, freshly cut and wrapped to carry away.

Next, my eye was drawn to the lily buds and the graceful manner in which they pointed to all quadrants of the compass.

It could be a long, cold season, but I’ll be doing some maintenance and recovery in the garden at Casa Authorblog, to ensure our own tribute to winter colour.


Visit Luiz Santilli Jr for the home of Today's Flowers.

38 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Funny, lillies are spring flowers here, preferring cool, moist climate. In the summer, few survive. I'm looking forward to your winters' pictures.

Willow said...

Gerberas are lovely and last a long time as cut flowers.

If you begin to miss summer's flowers I'll send you some photos of ours in SoCal. :)

Ananda girl said...

I collect day lilies. Mine do not bloom for about another month. Then I will have a series of blooms through Sept. But they have no scent. I like Asiatic lilies for their scents. (Right now the locust tree blooms are heavily scenting our nights... sweet!)

Thank you for the lovely tour. Your photos of flowers are a real pleasure.

Heather said...

Beautiful photos. Our flowers are just starting here in Minnesota. I'm very glad to say goodbye to winter for a while.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Welcoming Winter? These flowers are too beautiful to signify winter :-) But of course, Melbourne is more like San Francisco climate and less like the Northeast of the U.S. Enjoy your pruning, and planning! These photos are exquisite promises of things to come!!! ~Janine

aims said...

I'm wondering how cold it is going to get there for your winter.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I buy myself flowers every week now...they fill at least three vases...they brighten my mood...I decided to stop waiting, that no one was going to buy me them regularly and that they are worth their weight in gold...love it David.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

David it still amazes me that as we get ready for summer...you get ready for winter!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

So what's the equivalent of $15 in pounds sterling I wonder? It seems strange to see such beautiful flowers in abundance at the start of winter.

CJ xx

A Brush with Color said...

Glorious photos. I must admit, I think flowers are good for the soul, so I hope you can keep some going through the long, cold winter.

Katney said...

We are just short of summer, though you would think it had been here for a couple of weeks by the temperatures. My roses have started to bloom in abundance, and yesterday's heat pretty much wiped out my iris.

In the northern hemisphere, winter and summer start at the solstice, spring and summer at the equinox. Though, as I say, the weather of the season has its own schedule. I find it odd to mark the beginning of the seasons on the beginning of the month.

Kay said...

Yin and Yang...summer has arrived! you can keep the winter... and we can all share the flowers! :)

Cynthia said...

What intense vibrant life. No wonder you are welcoming winter. <3

i beati said...

There is something so exuberant in a flower shop for it always brings good cheer even in the worst of times

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

Just beautiful!!

Maggie May said...

Lilies are out here at the moment. There is a terrible lily beetle here. Looks like a lady bird but is longer and lethal to lilies.
Your flowers in the photographs are really clean and clear.
Great picture. We are just coming up to summer.

VALKYRIEN said...

Always a bit confusing to visit bloggers from "Down Under" - when you have winter, we have summer! I keep forgetting that!

But I'll bet you have some more beautiful flowers to show during winter!
Have a nice evening!

Susan said...

Oh so lovely! Quite a price for a bunch of lilies but then they are quite a flower--I love the size and fragrance of them.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi David

You are going to winter but we have summer!!
Wonderful red flowers you show us!
Thanks David for posting!

Luiz

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I like the little trees in the first shot. They make a nice frame. Thanks for posting the last shot with the price. That seems real high to me but I usually buy wholesale and may be spoiled.

Nessa said...

So weird to think of winter and see your beautiful flower photos.

Janie said...

Flowers seem all the more precious in winter when we don't have many of them growing outside. Good luck with your garden plans.

Naturegirl said...

David : I understand how flowers are important now that you are beginning the cold season of grey skies and freezing temps!I started posting TF meme just for that reason a year ago..to cheer me and help pass the cold winter months! Your post is cheerful today and I am sure continuing to be a participant in TF will help pass your dreary winter months too!

Sandy said...

The flowers are so beautiful!

Maureen said...

Wow, how pretty! But doesn't the change of seasons officially happen on the 21st? I would have assumed your first day of winter falls on our first day of summer.... June 21st.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shots. Reminds me of the Flower Mart in Los Angeles and this really makes me want to go. The smell is amazing.

SweetPeaSurry said...

I always love your today's flowers posts. They're so lovely.


blessings!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Love the flowers. I took photos of the flowers in Leon & Paris in December. Seems the French love their flowers also!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Wow!It's geting into summer here in Florida.And our flowers have started to stop blooming.But from the heat and humidity.How alike,but how how different.

Blossom said...

Beautiful Gerberas. Striking color. So vibrant. So pretty ...

Pastor Sharon said...

What a great way to great winter on your side of the world! Love those pics.

Kathleen said...

Aw...I love he little lily bud that's tilting its head toward the price.

Arija said...

Nice idea David when not much is flowering in the garden.

willow said...

Gorgeous. I haven't thought of Hi Lily, Hi Lily, Hi-Lo, since we sang it in grade school.

Shadow said...

flowers, flowers, flowers everywhere. they do cheer up, don't they!

immersion said...

On the flip side, our flowers are just coming into bloom with the increase of spring sun moving into summer. See some at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimmersion/

Paige V. Baggett said...

David, although I completely understand the science...I feel like a school kid again as I discover after posting about shells on the hot beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, you are "Welcoming Winter." I just planted beautiful red Gerberas in pots on our patio like those in your photos...beautiful!

Lee said...

Oh, David, I love the red! And when I clicked on the image I discovered that they were surrounded by a light mesh material such as one might see on ladies petticoats. This was a surprise as I thought they were surrounded by clear plastic as we see in stores here. How lovely!

Cheers!