The Christmas count down may be on but November still has plenty to offer. Case in point: a pretty spectacular display that’s just begun at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
Those beautiful, otherworldly beings you see above are rare Puya plants - Puya alpestris ssp. zoellneri. From the mountains of Chile, they feature flowers that only bloom once at the end of a seven-year life, so it’s worth making the trip to see them. And you won’t be the only visitors.
“Puya attract all manner of insect and birdlife, which fly in to enjoy the nectar,” says the Garden’s Curator Manager Greg Bourke.
“We get Honeyeaters, the Red Wattlebirds and even the shy Eastern Spinebills, so the display will be worthwhile for bird lovers too.”