We went for a walk in Kings Park yesterday. The winter/spring wildflowers are out in force, including plenty of Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymma robustum). This pretty pink shrub can be erect or sprawling (as shown above) and grows from just north of Perth to about Augusta on the south coast. Its flowering season is June to November.
We have noticed Harsh Hakea (Hakea prostrate) flowering in many parts of Perth recently, including Lake Claremont, Minim Cove, Bold Park and Buckland Hill. The shrub has spiky leaves and generally has a rather untidy, sprawling form. The plant itself isn’t much to look at, but the flowers are quite spectacular.
We were walking along the Zamia Trail in Bold Park recently and stopped to admire these Winter Donkey Orchids (Diuris brumalis). They flower from June to August and add a splash of warmth and colour to a winter’s day. These native orchids grow north and south of Perth, but not over a very large area.
On our way from Los Angeles to Perth last week, we stopped off for a few days in Sydney, staying near the EG Waterhouse National Camellia Garden in Caringbah, on the south side of the city. It is claimed that the garden has camellias in flower all year round – and there were certainly plenty of blooms to admire during our winter visit.