Kings Park in December


Asmid-summer approaches, there are still some interesting wildflowers to admire in the bushland of Kings Park in Perth. At present you can see lots of the amusingly named Prince of Wales Feathers (above) and the not so common Pink Summer Calytrix (below).


The Sand-dune Fringed Lily is looking great.


Tricoryne tenella is covered in small yellow flowers.


There are also three different species of Jacksonia, all with rather similar-looking flowers. This is Waldjumi (Jacksonia sericea), which is a low growing, prostrate plant.


Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana, below) is a shrub/tree with glossy green foliage which grows to a height of several metres.


And Grey Stinkwood (Jacksonia furcellata, below) is also a shrub, but has dull grey-green foliage.



Bold Park in November


As spring comes to an end, the peak wildflower season for Perth is definitely over. However there are still plenty of wildflowers to be found. Coastal Honeymyrtle (Melaleuca systena, above) still has its lemon-yellow flowers, and Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata, below) is also in flower.


There are tiny triggerplants flowering in the undergrowth, like this Fan-leaved Triggerplant (Stylidium striatum).


There is plenty of Marno (Daviesia divaricate) covered in small yellow/brown flowers with distinct yellow “eyebrows”.


Slender Banksia (Banksia attenuate, aka Candle Banksia) is in flower, and very popular with the bees.


And there also a few flowers on the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) with its deeply serated leaves.


You may also spot his pretty Sand-dune Fringed Lily (Thysanotus arenarius).


Kings Park in November


We went for a walk through the bushland of Kings Park recently.The wildflowers are becoming less noticeable as the summer approaches, but there are still plenty of interesting ones waiting to be discovered. We spotted some Blue Devils (above) and Pixie Mops (below).


There was some Slender Lobelia hiding in the undergrowth.


And plenty of Waitzia suaveolens (no common name that we are aware of), which looks rather similar to the Everlastings that were in flower a few months back.


The Wedding Bush was covered in white flowers.


And Hackett’s Hopbush was covered in colourful seed pods.


Bold Park in October


We went for a walk in Bold Park yesterday. The orchids that were so noticeable last month have finished flowering, but there are plenty of other wildflowers in bloom at present. One-sided Bottlebrush (above) is about as good as it gets, and Parrot Bush (below) still has plenty of flowers though it is a bit past its best.


Diplopeltis huegelii is covered in delicate pink flowers.


Coastal Honeymyrtle is past its best, but still putting out plenty of flowers.


Hairy Yellow Pea is prettier (and less hairy) than you might guess from its common name.


And if you are lucky, you may see some Red-tailed Black Cockatoos feasting on the seed pods of Eucalyptus and Banskia species.


Kings Park in September


The Kings Park Festival ends on 30 September, but of course there are still plenty of wildflowers to be seen beside the walking trails through the park’s bushland. In the past few weeks we have seen lots of Donkey Orchids (above) and a few Spider Orchids (below), plus both Cowslip Orchids and Pink Fairy Orchids.


The Grasstrees are just coming into flower, with their long spear-like flower head.


There are heaps of milky white Milkmaids.


Plus patches of Morning Iris scattered through the undergrowth.


And the amusingly named Prince-of-Wales Feather is so common that you might mistake it for a weed (which it isn’t).


Bold Park in September


There are plenty of spectacular spring wildflowers in Bold Park at present. The Donkey Orchids (above) are having the best year that we can remember, and the Pink Fairy Orchids are looking good too.


If you look carefully, you will find Granny Bonnets hiding in the undergrowth.


Geraldton Wax, with its pink waxy flowers, is in full bloom.


Yellow Tailflower is covered in masses of striking flowers.


The delicate Diplopeltis huegelii below (sorry, it doesn’t have a common name as far as we know) is looking very pretty in pink. And there are heaps more. You can find all these flowers along the Zamia Trail walk.

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Lesmurdie Falls in September

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 1

We went for a hike at Lesmurdie Falls Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills a few days back. The wildflowers are in spectacular bloom at present.

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 2

There were masses of Sticky Starflower (Calytrix glutinosa, above) growing beside the walking trails on the north side of the falls and creek.

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 3

Couch Honeypot (Banksia dallanneyi), an odd prostrate Banksia, was in flower in a few places.

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 4

There were a number of carnivorous Drosera species, including the pretty Pink Rainbow (Drosera menziesii) above. The insect on the flower isn’t in danger of being eaten – the leaves shown below are the part of the plant that traps insects.

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 5

And we also spotted Diplopeltis huegelii (no common name that we know of) growing in some places. You can also see plenty of this plant flowering in Perth’s Bold Park at present.

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