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I first saw Banksia burdettii at Kings Park, Perth (Botanical Gardens). It’s not hard to fall in love with such a glorious plant. It has been a while in coming- this painting and it initially was intended to be just the plant. But as the project progressed the birds were introduced to the composition. I rather enjoy using mixed bird species in the one composition despite seldom doing it. Finding a balding old seed cone was a bit of a challenge and I hope what I have included is a typical example. The (orange) colour of the flower heads is derived from the stamen and not the flower which is a typical off white with a very feint red central line. When the flower explodes open there are four small white flower heads supported by four individual fluffy stems. I would recomend checking them out on your own garden plants if you have not already done so. with other similar banksias.


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