I love watching the little coloured papery bracts open up to reveal the fluffy flowerhead in the middle of the bloom.
This is one of my favourite shots of the Bracteantha. It shows pretty much all the stages from tight flower bud to open flowerhead.
These masses of little flowers are always yellow, no matter what colour the bracts are.
Once the cone-shaped buds have matured into these brilliant blooms, they will close up overnight and open once again every morning until the flowerhead turns to seed. You can see the white Bracteantha in the middle of the photo above turning to seed. It's about this time that I pick off the flower and sprinkle the seeds in the pot so lots of new little ones will spring up.
I love everything about these daisies ... their wonderful texture, their form and their fabulous colours. These hybrids come in shades of red, pink, yellow, orange and white.
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