Among the oldest families of flowers on earth, dating back 300 million years, Greek legend tells us that Protea were named after Proteus, the son of Poseidon. A sea god who had the power to know all things past, present and future Proteus was defiant and preferred to nap on the island of pharos rather than prophesies. To deter those seeking his insights, he would change his shape at will, and it's said that the protea flower was named after him because it, too, presents itself in an astounding variety of shapes, sizes, hues and textures to make up more than 1,400 varieties.
The traditional floral symbol of China, the state of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) in the wild form has small white flowers but the discovery of very rate plants with red and double petals has lead to many ornamental cultivars of this species. Leptospermum Scoparium also occurs in Australia along with about 83 Leptospermum species endemic to that country. This has lead to many hybrids occurring spontaneously.
Models: Ashleigh at Red 11 // Imogen at Clyne