Strelitzias: the bird plant

Locally the strelitzia plant or tree is commonly known as the Crane Bird or Bird of Paradise plant.   The flower buds form tight beaks, which hunt high until they burst forth like tufted bird heads.   As winter approaches the buds begin to flower, and one of my recent gardening tasks was to prune away the last of the seed pods from last years flowers.   I marvel at the robust design of the pods, the last of the seeds have soft bright orange wadding to protect their casings.  The birds have had their fair share of the seeds, and now the last will be carefully sown in moist loamy soil.

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