Riotous Colour

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.
~Chinese Proverb

My obsession with flora continues.

Clovelly. Woollahra. Lilyfield. Rozelle. Cremorne. Rosebery. Freshwater. Ingleside. Rose Bay. Lavender Bay. Surry Hills.

To my visitor’s ears, some of Sydney’s suburbs have some lovely-sounding flora-inspired names.

I’d not been to Sydney for over a decade. And back then, it was mostly for work and the CBD hotel, serviced apartment and offices were the places I got to know the best. This time, it was purely for social purposes and it was the infinitely more enchanting backstreets of Paddington, Woollahra, Surry Hills and Balmain I became acquainted with.

It’s been a lovely tawny russet and gold autumn in Melbourne. But the colours, shapes, textures and temperature (a balmy 23 degrees celsius) that greeted me in Sydney! Bougainvillea.  Hibiscuses.  Palms.  Jacarandas.  And yet more tropical flora whose names I do not know. Blazing, brilliant, shimmering fuschias and corals, whites and crimsons, saffrons and violets.



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