Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy Wanderer

My piccie of the day is of Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia violacea) flowers. A very common Oz native.

According to Wikipedia it is used as a landscape plant in the southwestern U.S. where it is commonly called lilac vine, and occasionally Mexican lilac vine.

It does originate "south of the border" but an awful lot further than Mexico!

I detected a slight air of disbelief when I posted about Emu sausages, well to silence the sceptics we do indeed farm Emus in Oz. When you think about it Turkeys are native to America and farmed, chickens native to South-Asia and farmed. We just do things bigger down this way!

3 comments:

mshatch said...

beautiful flower! I'd love them in my yard :)

Kathleen Jones said...

What a fabulous plant! That was one of the things I loved about Oz - the variety and strangeness of the flora and fauna. Met an emu and chicks in the desert in Western Australia early one morning driving out to watch the sun rise. They are amazing creatures. Have tried Ostrich steaks, but not sure about Emu sausages. It's the sausage bit ......

Raquel.Somatra said...

Just came from the Southwest and saw those all over! Beautiful photo.