Category Archives: Spring

Bold Park in November

coastal-honeymyrtle

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.

jarrah

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

fan-leaved-triggerplant

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

marno

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

slender-banksia

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

bull-banksia

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

sand-dune-fringed-lily

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Kings Park in November

blue-devils

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).

pixie-mops

There was some Slender Lobelia hiding in the undergrowth.

slender-lobelia

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.

waitzia-suaveolens

The Wedding Bush was covered in white flowers.

wedding-bush

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

hacketts-hopbush

Bold Park in October

one-sided-bottlebrush

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.

parrot-bush

Diplopeltis huegelii is covered in delicate pink flowers.

diplopeltis-huegelii

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

coastal-honeymyrtle

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

hairy-yellow-pea

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

black-cockatoo

Kings Park in September

kings-park-donkey-orchid

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.

kings-park-spider-orchid

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

kings-park-grass-tree

There are heaps of milky white Milkmaids.

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Plus patches of Morning Iris scattered through the undergrowth.

kings-park-morning-iris

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

kings-park-prince-wales-feather

Bold Park in September

bold-park-donkey-orchids

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.

bold-park-pink-fairy-orchids

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

bold-park-granny-bonnets

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

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Yellow Tailflower is covered in masses of striking flowers.

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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.

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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.

Lesmurdie Falls Regional Park 6

Kings Park Festival

Kings Park Festival 1

The annual Kings Park Festival starts today and runs through to the end of September. We went along for a sneak preview yesterday afternoon. There are certainly lots of flowers in full bloom in the botanic garden section of the park.

Kings Park Festival 2

The ever popular Everlastings (above) and Geraldton Wax (below) gardens are looking pretty in pink.

Kings Park Festival 3

There are some amazing blooms in the Grevillea and Hakea Garden, including this Pouched Grevillea (Grevillea saccata) which was positively glowing in the late afternoon sun.

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And the iconic Floral Clock was telling the time very colourfully.

Kings Park Festival 5