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The Time-lapse Bush

By Gardenamateur

I mentioned in my previous posting that my Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream' is flowering its head off at the moment, and the way it bursts into bloom all over is almost like time-lapse photography. Wherever you look there's a bloom in one of the stages of opening, and so that's what I thought I would record here. All these photos were taken this weekend.
The time-lapse bushFully open and two-toned, the only thing Peaches and Cream lacks is subtlety.
The time-lapse bushI can't imagine a garden full of two-toned blooms – one bush is enough, but my Pammy fell in love with a Peaches and Cream in a house nearby and she wanted one. It has taken me a while to also really, truly love this plant the way she does, but it's growing on me. Certainly it's a hit with the honeyeater birds who visit it every day. As you can see from this photo there are blooms in every stage of opening up, so let's take a closer look.
The time-lapse bushStage one – the flower pokes its head out from the foliage.
The time-lapse bushStage two, the unfurling begins, from the base of the flower head.
The time-lapse bushStage three – more unfurl, all a pleasing, pale limey-green colour.
The time-lapse bushStage four – the flower grows from the base, more stamens (is that their name?) unfurl.
The time-lapse bushStage five – the first blush of pinky orange appears.
The time-lapse bushStage six – all the buds are opening now.
The time-lapse bushStage seven – red-tipped antennae send out signals (sorry, I'm not a botanist, not sure what these thingies are really called).
The time-lapse bushStage eight – almost there now, pink blush growing, not quite fully open though.
The time-lapse bushStage nine – birds start feasting on these now, a lolly shop for honeyeaters.
The time-lapse bushStage ten – a fully mature flower, pinky peaches and yellowy cream.
The bush itself is about 2m high and wide, but it would grow bigger (maybe 3m) if I left it to grow to full size. But sorry, Peaches and Cream, that isn't going to happen in my tiny backyard. Besides, my brutal trimming seems to suit this bush beautifully. It thrives on being pruned, and that's how things are hopefully going to be for many years to come.

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