Flowers and bees in MtLawleyShire

Yesterday, it reached 32 degrees.  Spring had truly sprung.  It was the earliest date for such a high temperature.  the sun was bright, but sadly, it was also incredibly windy which meant it was not ideal for taking photos of flowers.  But I got a few – & some with bees 🙂

Small Grevillea with a busy little bee:

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and this is a hoverfly, resting on rather than hovering above, a bright yellow daisy:

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More Grevillea – the everyday ones, orange ones, the magical pale ones and the rare ones:

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the brilliance of blue leschenaultia on roadsides and in Hyde Park:

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Geraldton wax, marigold and a rose unblurred by wind:

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Hibiscus and a lovely fluffy looking flower:

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blossom on a tree in the park

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wildflowers:

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and I just love these tiny, flamboyant bottlebrush 🙂

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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 🙂

 

Wildflowers in MtLawleyShire

The wilderness of some verge gardens is simply wonderful.  Some have planted wildflowers and as Spring comes, they bloom.  These flowers are mostly from a young garden, nothing is very big, but everything is flowering.  In a couple of years, it will be a glorious little wilderness, planned with paths and a little pool which will be delightful for bids and bees visiting to sip the nectar:

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And all of these are from that one verge garden – Kangaroo paw:

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golden flowers:

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blue leschenaultia:

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bacaon-and-egg flowers:

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Geraldton wax and something unknown (to me):

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& these delightful wee Grevillea:

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Elsewhere along the streets and in people’s gardens, flowers are bursting out.

Bottlebrush:

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& more on the way:

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a different type of bottlebrush glowing in the late sun:

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Finally – more Grevillea from some of my favourite bushes:

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and these – gold with the late sun:

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MtLawleyShire’s early spring wildflowers

It is Spring.  there is no denying it.  It has been Spring for a few weeks really, a short, not-wet enough winter, with little run-off for the dams.  But the flowers are coming out.  So I went walking around the neighbourhood and down to Hyde Park.

There aren’t flowers everywhere yet, but they are coming.

Grevillea are around most of the year, but they are even more lovely with all the new green everywhere, whether in people’s gardens, growing over the walls and fences, or in the middle of roundabouts:

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and you find them in roadside native gardens – I love these pale creamy ones:

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and these Grevillea in a playground:

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The street bottlebrush trees are coming out and other trees have blossom as well:

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and this rare loveliness – a native hibiscus in someone’s garden:

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In Hyde Park, there is a native plants section and here, the flowers are coming out.  They are not massed clumps of colour yet, but for individual photos, there were enough:

Leschenaultia with its startling blue:

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Various myrtles – I love the myrtles:

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& I love these: pink fluffballs

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Banksia. these I think are called Candle Banksia:

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the remains of a different variety are almost as spectacular as the flowers:

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Gold ones:

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multi-coloured ones:

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small Grevillea:

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different bottlebrush:

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kangaroo paw just starting:

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Purples and mauves/pinks:

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and this: a stunning creeper – it  apparently grows very well in gardens.  I am tempted:

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Flowers around MtLawleyShire

Despite arthritis, artwork and so much socializing after my PhD results, I have been walking around and taking photos.  This post is filled with some of the flowers I’ve seen over just the last few days.

The wattle is out, golden and fluffy and beautiful:

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And Autumn is making an appearance, mostly in the quality of the late afternoon light which touched on dwarf Bougainvillea, Lantana and the gold of not-quite sun flowers

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The frangipani are still flowering:

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and so are roses!

Reds:

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What I call sunburst roses:

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little pink-white ones:

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Creamy white ones:

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And sumptuous yellow ones:

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a flower on a vine and light tangled in the spiny leaves of a spear of rosemary:

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Camellia in a friend’s garden:

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And native flowers – I don’t know what these are:

 

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But these are Grevillea:

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And these?  I think they are South American, but they are a stunning scarlet:

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and – oh! This?  🙂  She’s the prettiest flower of all the gardens

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I will be back soon with sunsets.

Flowers on a smokey afternoon in MtLawleyShire

More fires filled the city with smoke.  This time in the southern suburbs (MtLawleyShire is inner north).  The smoke filters down streets, filling in shadows, and reduces perspective by playing with it:

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It played havoc with the lighting as well, but I caught some flowers:

a sunflower translucent with sunlight

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the astonishing beauty of a white hibiscus (though it was too breezy to be trying)

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The joyous scarlet of a bottlebrush type:

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The limitless grace of roses.  Red:

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with a touch of gold and pinky-apricot:

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and this delicate pinkish-mauve:

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Finally – Grevillea and a close-up of one unfurling:

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and now, I must go walking.  Maybe I will find more flowers…..

Flowers in and around MtLawleyShire

Just out and about:

Roses, glowing in a smokey sunset

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White hibiscus, shadow-sharp

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opulent orange hibiscus – I love the deepening of colour inside the flower:

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Pink bottlebrush and the always lovely frangipani:

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A pretty azalea and a little purple flower – these are in West Perth:

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Grevillea, glowing in a smokey sunset:

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A Grevillea flower in the act of unfurling:

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and no, not flowers, but trees. The first is my favourite on the side of the freeway, the other one of my favourites outside work in West Perth:

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Yes, I love photographing flowers.  I hope you enjoyed looking at them 🙂