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The David Jones Flower Show 2015

Pom-pom dahlias and orchids.

Pom-pom dahlias and orchids.

“David Jones” is a department store with 39 branches around Australia. It was founded in 1838 by a Welsh immigrant named — wait for it — David Jones. The flagship store on Elizabeth Street, Sydney, was opened in 1927. For the past 30 years, David Jones has held a flower show at the beginning of spring, in which the windows and the ground floor are decorated with flowers. The event is as popular and as iconic as the Selfridges Christmas window display in London.

And to put all these flowers into perspective, don’t forget they are displayed inside a department store.

Perfume nestled among the flowers.

Perfume nestled among the flowers (these are actually paper flowers).

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On fire: red dahlias in glorious colour

Red-yellow dahlias in the morning sun.

Red-yellow dahlias in the morning sun.

These red dahlias are from the same bunch I photographed for a recent black and white post. They have opened fully now, revealing the delicate yellow at the base of the petals. In early morning sunlight, they remind me of flames.

Red-yellow dahlias in the morning sun.

Red-yellow dahlias in the morning sun.

(Taken at: Sydney)

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