This week my friend Heather gave me three beautiful Banksia's from her garden. They are banksia ericifolia, a native plant of New South Wales, that have large orange coloured flowers about 20cms long (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia_ericifolia).
I have taken some close-up photo's to show you a strange feature of the flowers. Their 'styles' which connect to the seed making part are very wiry and hooked like a hairpin. This means they get caught on each other if the flowers are pressed together. Like velcro. It can be an advantage to an ikebanist wanting to make a massed arrangement!
These two flowers are actually interlocked.
Here is the arrangement I made with the flowers using a ceramic vase made by Graeme Wilkie.
Here it is again in the entrance of our house.