Australia was the first continent where flowering plants grew. This occurred because it was the first landmass that experienced erosion of the hard rock surface leading to the first soil on the planet. And with the origin of soil came the first plants.
Australia was originally part of Gondwanaland, the one great southern landmass comprising the modern-day countries of Africa, India, Tibet, South America, Antarctica and Australia. Due to the continental drift that started about 60 million years ago, the land mass began to break up leading to the gradual separation into individual continents, some of which were still connected to the north. Australia was the last one to separate, 35 million years ago, drifting south to become separate and isolated. Because of the isolation, no dominating plants could come from other countries to take over.
This means that all the native species found in Australia at the beginning of white man’s invasion have been on the continental landmass for about thirty-five million years. There is a wide diversity of plants across the globe, and Australia has the highest number of flowering plants.
The isolation of Australia and its small population relative to the size of the landmass means that Australia is uniquely unpolluted, with a minimum of damage to the natural landscape and reduced psychic pollution by way of wars fought on its soil or incidents of mass genocide, although there were isolated cases of Aboriginal bloodshed, particularly to the north in the Palmer River region and in Tasmania. At the time of the white settlement, there were only three hundred thousand Aboriginal people in the whole landmass.
The vibrancy and strength of the flowers is due to extremes of climate that the plants have to endure — flood followed by fire followed by drought followed by famine, in a cycle that has repeated itself over thousands of years.
Australian flowers are very vibrantly coloured due to the high level of sunshine. The major colours of Australian native plants are red, purple and yellow. Many flowers imported to Australia have adapted so well to the environment that in many cases they have become classified as noxious weeds, and have blue flowers that take on surreal indigo, magenta or sparkly cobalt hues. It is as if they have had an injection of vitality from the intensity of the sun and taken on a new life!
These imports become imbued with the energy of their adopted home not only physically but also energetically. As they adapt to the new environment, they take on the energy of the people who lived there for thousands of years.