Fireworks of Garden Colour

close up image of the bilbergia pyramidalis flower spike with pink petals and purple tips

Close up image of the new new pink and hot scarlet flower spike of bilbergia pyramidalis. Image © Scott Hill, Sydney Living Musuems

For the past week several SLM gardens have been lit up by vivid colour – firework bursts of hot scarlet and pink. These are the flowers of a bromeliad called billbergia pyramidalis – a great ‘garden performer’ also known by its apt name ‘flaming torch’.

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Dr Scott Hill


As a teenager, Scott Hill was captivated by pictures of ruins, trying to imagine how people had lived in these dramatic and crumbling spaces.