Banksia, the Australian native flower

The banksia has to be one of the strangest, yet one of the prettiest native flowers Australia has to offer.

The first time I saw one was at the SO’s grandfather’s farm down in Western Australia back when we visited as a dating couple. The SO’s grandfather has a great love for these indigenous plants and grew many species on the property. The banksia produce copious amounts of nectar, attracting some amazing wildlife to partake of its bounty – one of the reasons the SO shares his grandfather’s love for the genus.

But what I love most about the banksia is how they retain their beauty and often their colour, even when dried. I am not the most religious when it comes to purchasing cut flowers for the home, so the native blooms are extremely forgiving if I leave them in the vase for weeks.