ROUND-LEAF or FAIRY FANFLOWER? (Scaevola)

Not sure whether this unusual flower is a ROUND-LEAF FANFLOWER  or a FAIRY FANFLOWER, but I do know it’s genus is Scaevola.  I just hate it when my encyclopaedias and the internet have conflicting information as I’m just an amateur when it comes to gardening and don’t have the time, or inclination, to spend hours trying to work out what is right, what is wrong OR even……..whether its just a flower/plant with various Common Names.

If I had a real in-ground garden, instead of 12-15 potted plants on a tiled balcony, this is one plant I’d grow.  Gosh, I could even grow it now (in a container), but at the moment, I grow mainly Herbs and a few leafy green vegetables (plus a couple of long-flowering plants).  After last summer’s highly successful tomato crop on my west-facing balcony, next Spring I might even try some other sun-loving vegetables that can be successfully grown in containers, but I do prefer the quicker yielding leafy crops.

I love blue or purple/blue flowers and this became a favourite after I made the first photos some years ago.

Scaevolas are fan-shaped Australian flowers in shades of purple-blue, lilac or blue and I love the profusion of blooms that cascade over the waist-high rockery area near The Plant Cottage in the north-west corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne  

They’re great ground-covers and really do look pretty.

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NOISY MINER (Manorina melanocephala)

Medium-sized, mid-greyish honeyeater with distinctive head pattern consisting of pale greyish face, and black crown extending down through eye to link with a slim black moustachial streak.

You can’t miss the distinctively rich yellow beak and legs, but if they’re sitting on/in the olive-greyish-green foliage of a Eucalyptus tree, they become almost invisible.  Luckily, I’ve been able to capture them out in the open as well as high up in trees.  I was so busy chasing one bird some distance away on the south side of the city with the camera up to my eye, that I almost missed the Miner that landed on a fire hydrant right in front of me in the image below.  I frantically had to zoom the telephoto lens back in without moving too much.

Their pale grey rump shows up distinctively in flight.

One day I hope they might land on my balcony as I’ve often seen them in the area between the back of my apartment block and the nearby Maribyrnong River.  The following images being the best I’ve shot so far (down near the walking/cycling path next to the river).

They like open forest and woodland, but are often seen in the public parks and gardens in almost any suburban area also.