Kings Park Festival

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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.

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

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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.

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Two-leaf Hakea

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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.

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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.

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Native Wisteria

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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.

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