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.
The ever popular Everlastings (above) and Geraldton Wax (below) gardens are looking pretty in pink.
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.
And the iconic Floral Clock was telling the time very colourfully.
We also noticed that Grevillea crithmifolia is flowering here in Perth at present. We saw this one during a visit to Lake Claremont during the past week, but you will also find it growing in both Kings Park and Bold Park.
Spring is still four weeks away, but there are already plenty of wildflowers in bloom here in Perth. Walking around Lake Claremont earlier this week, we noticed that Two-leaf Hakea (Hakea trifurcata) is nicely in flower.
You can easily see where this plant gets its common name – there are clearly two types of leaves – thin spiky ones and flattish ones that look like pea pods. Two-leaf Hakea can also be found in Kings Park and Bold Park.
The reported flowering season for Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) is July-Oct. However this twining/climbing plant got off to an early start this year – it has been flowering in Kings Park and Bold Park for most of June. The plant is common in coastal areas of the southwest of Western Australia, from about Dongara to Albany.
Basket Bush is now in full flower. You can see plenty of it growing in both Kings Park and Bold Park in Perth. The flowers are quite pretty, but very small – only about the size of a match head. When it is in flower, this large shrub has a distinctive, heady perfume.
We saw this Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymma robustum) growing in the bushland of Kings Park in Perth. The stems of this native shrub are covered in buds at present, but we haven’t seen any in full bloom yet. Its reported flowering season is June-November.
Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella) is covered in buds at present, with just a few yellow flower heads in bloom. We saw this one in Bold Park in Perth recently, but you will find this thorny wattle bush in many parks, native gardens and areas of bushland in Perth.