A little walk in MtLawleyShire’s urban Spring

A short walk down to Beaufort Street (& no tripping over pavement today, thank you!), and sun everywhere, spilling down on car windscreens and bouncing the light around.  and on flowers too:

roadside weeds and ferals – this is the tiny flower, onion flower, that, since childhood, I have recognised as the portent of Spring:

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buttercups (don’t know if they really are, I’ve just always called them that):

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dandelion heads: constellations against the darkness of distant foliage:

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my favourite feral – freesia:

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A daisy in the wind and a golden hibiscus (with bonus ladybird on the lowest petal):

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Sage flowers in sunlight & shadow:

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& these: Grazia?  I can never remember and people have told me sooooo many times!  Never mind, they are lovely in their infinite variety:

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the centre of one of them:

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blossom form a mini orchard behind a tall, dark, wooden fence:

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not many roses as most are either recently pruned or recovering with new shoots, but there were these two:

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Grevillea are certainly amongst my favourites of the native flowers, and seem to be around most of the year.  Some, however, do come out in Spring, such as the little white ball of beauty pictured here:

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& this – a flower from a succulent and the wonderfully pollen-full complexity of its centre:

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There will probably be another post with more flowers within a few days.  Spring is good for that 🙂

 

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10 comments on “A little walk in MtLawleyShire’s urban Spring

  1. KDKH says:

    I’ve never heard the term “feral” applied to plants before. I like it! I figured it was like “wildflower” but more like an escaped garden member. Interesting.

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    • Yeah – feral plants. These freesias are south african and there is a real downer on them recently, for all that they are an incredibly sweet and fragrant flower. Many of our plants are south african, including the beautiful jacaranda and the flame trees. People don’t plant them as much anymore which is a pity ’cause the colour they bring is wonderful. In NSW, entire ecosystems are overrun by lantana which, in its normal habitat, never grows large. In Australia, it drowns forests. It’s all to do with predators. I don’t think the freesais overrun anything much, but for purists, they are ferals. Though I think peple get upset when they invade what seems otherwise pristine bush. Not that there’s any such thing anymore

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      • KDKH says:

        I see. We have a similar movement here in the US to return to the land to its native condition, but it’s just impossible. Once invasive plants and animals get loose, there’s no stopping them. And yet, many don’t question the imported plants and animals that submit to their will. I understand the ecosystem needs balance, but we’ve already placed it out-of-balance. I’m not sure what path is best – return to native conditions, killing millions of plants and animals or acknowledging the new normal and working to achieve balance within what they have. Thank you for explaining.

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      • there is also beginning realization that yes, it’s been 100’s of years and in many cases, the plants have adapted to the ecosystems and become part of it. Animals not so much – at least here. they wreak terrible damage. But your country & mine have ruined vast tracts of the land for farming, and industrial farming even more so. Entrenching mon cultures that have no room for anything else. They do more damage than just about anything else.

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      • KDKH says:

        I agree. The world needs a new perspective.

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  2. Anne McMullan says:

    nice

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  3. niasunset says:

    a little walk but great photographs 🙂 I loved them all. Thank you dear Keira, have a nice day, love, nia

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