Love this Banksia menziesii which is a species of flowering plant in the genus Banksia. It can grow up to 10m tall as a gnarled tree, or as a lower spreading 1–3 m shrub. I saw this one recently at the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens and hope I might be able to buy one or two to put into our bush garden. The birds and bees love them and they’re so different to other plants and trees. For those who have Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, this is and example of where the banksia men come from.
This is another type of Banksia. Didn’t see it’s name but the reason why it caught my attention was that I saw the wattle bird fly into it and then had to look for it. And then I found it! Clearly great camouflage for this bird. Didn’t realise there was a tree or bush they could hide in. You can see the old grey/dead banksias in the to the left of the first shot and more in the right shot. Again, these have been great inspiration for the Banksia Men in the book I mentioned above.