Monday, 21 January 2013

Letter B



B is for Banksia – considered to be the symbol of the Australian bush. Named after the famous botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, the banksia is well known for its cylindrical flower spikes and distinctive woody pods or cones.  The “big bad Banksia men” are  the villains in the children’s story, “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie “  They are modelled on the appearance of aged Banksia cones, with follicles for eyes and other facial features. Generations of Australian  children have been more scared of tales of Banksia men than any bogeyman story. In our front garden we have a really big coastal banksia tree which has beautiful golden coloured spikey candles for flowers, but it does also have  lots of old cones, and they just look like “ugly, wicked little men” which May Gibbs describes in her book.  For this week’s tag, I printed a page and some text from my copy of “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” onto white cotton fabric and embroidered ‘Banksia’. The image is of a big bad Banksia man kidnapping sweet little Ragged Blossom . The other photos are of the banksia in my garden ... There was only one old flower on our banksia at the moment, so I picked it and some of the sinister looking cones in varying stages for the photos. 





11 comments:

  1. Ooooh scary Wilma! Very informative though. I have been trying to think if we have a story about a plant here in the UK but can't think of one, a very great tag! x

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  2. Great tag! I love everything I'm learning through this tag series. Blessings!

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  3. Absolutley fascinating. Great tag picture Wilma :0) Mo

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  4. Very interesting! Great tag too! Love the fabric "effect."

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  5. oooohh that's really a really scary story - great tag too :o)

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  6. Great tag, Wilma! I am learning so much on Tag Tuesday! It is so interesting to connect with other taggers in different parts of the world.
    Jane x

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  7. I don't think it is ugly at all. Love your tag depicting it. Hugs Mrs A.

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  8. Fascinating, thanks for the botany and legend lesson

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  9. What a fascinating story & great tag too.
    Gigha x

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  10. What a great tag and a great story of the big bad Banksia man :)

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  11. Great tag and very interesting background story - thanks! Hugs, Valerie

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