Lilly Pilly flowers and berries  by girlie

Lilly Pilly flowers and berries

On the left is the flower of the Lilly Pilly tree that I've already shown from time-to-time. Now the berries are here - see right. I picked a kilo of them after taking this shot and intend to make lilly pilly jam today. For those who don't know about the Lilly Pilly tree, it's a native to Australia, widespread both wild and cultivated. The top bunches of the leaves in spring are a glossy reddish pink and the flowers that come in spring and summer attract parrots and cockatoos as well as Noisy Miner birds. So does the fruit, so I've picked it as soon as it's turned red to get enough for jam-making. The berries are about the size of blueberries.
Oh my I do miss the lovely flowering trees from down there Robin - Nice shot of the flowers and the red berries..
December 17th, 2010  
Oh yum, I'm sure they make delicious jam! Stunning shot of them Robin, they are a beautiful red.
December 17th, 2010  
Beautiful pictures and I like the name of lilly pilly jam. It sounds interesting.
December 17th, 2010  
Very beautiful. I have never seen these berries or a jam of Lilly Pilly. I wonder how it tate .
December 17th, 2010  
What a lovely name lilly pilly, I haven't heard of it before, I am wondering what it tastes like..your pictures are so nice and bright, with great detail
December 17th, 2010  
Beautiful shots - it's nice to see the before and after of the flower and berry.
December 17th, 2010  
Gorgeous photos! i love the name - what do they taste like?
December 17th, 2010  
Gorgeous shot!! and I love that all your pictures come with a wonderful story!! How does they taste?? sweet or sour?? I don't know why I have the feeling they are sour.
December 17th, 2010  
Thanks Robin for sharing this with us! I was thinking of you at the Phipps today! Our wattle tree was in bloom!
December 17th, 2010  
Excellent shots, I recognise the flowers and the berries, but I couldn't have put a name to them.
December 18th, 2010  
Still can't believed someone named a plant Lilly Pilly, even if it's only a common name. The berries do look delicious. Beautiful shots!
December 18th, 2010  
Amazing shots! I don't know why but the name Lilly Pilly just makes me wanna giggle! What do the berries taste like? must be sweet if you make jam with it. I just added "try lilly pilly berry" to my bucket list. :) hee hee
December 18th, 2010  
@yoelao @snowy @timandelke @lovemyflowers @katrinacristy To all of you who've asked what they taste like: The jam is sweet with a slight tang and has an almost indescribable flavour with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's one of the most flavoursome and delicious jams I've tasted. The berries themselves are also quite nice to eat; tangy with that indescribable flavour as well. But much nicer as jam!
December 18th, 2010  
@molizard As to the name, it comes from the Aboriginal word for the tree. The native inhabitants ate them as part of their diet.
December 18th, 2010  
Such wonderful shots that compliment each other beautifully :)
December 18th, 2010  
Fabulous! Looks like Lilly Pilly jam season has arrived.
December 18th, 2010  
What a beautiful shot. The flowers are so pretty that they look like ornaments or decorative pieces.
December 18th, 2010  
I would LOVE some of this red and green in my Christmas decorations :-)
December 18th, 2010  
I've never heard of lilly pilly jam, but anything named lilly pilly must be good! Thanks for your comments...I like to go for the unusual...it's not always there...you are lucky to have such beautiful weather...we are buried in snow right now...
December 18th, 2010  
I'm thinking I must add that to my list of things to do ! - taste Lilly Pilly jam !
December 18th, 2010  
Lovely colour and clarity!
December 18th, 2010  
funny name for jam : )
December 18th, 2010  
What a fun tree to have. It would be fun to see all of those beautiful birds come to visit, but I don't blame you for getting your fair share of the berries first!! I love the name.
December 18th, 2010  
These are beautiful. I enjoyed catching up on your photos just now.
December 19th, 2010  
Are you taking orders? Lovely shot again. You have a great knack for flower and bud shots.
December 19th, 2010  
Beautifully shot,must try the jam one day!
December 19th, 2010  
Such a lovely name,too.Beautiful shots,Robin
December 19th, 2010  
I remember the Lilly Pilly you posted before....fabulous! Keep up the great flower shots!
December 22nd, 2010  
beautiful photo...it's nice to view Spring/Summer while wintering here in Ohio, US
December 23rd, 2010  
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