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: 

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.

Greetings from Christopher
12th August 2012

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