MtLawleyShire’s hunt for Wildflowers #2: peas, paws and pretties

The second in a post of flowers from the reserve in the northern suburbs.  There were so many flowers! I wonder if I will have time to return before they all fade.  It is getting warm and sunny in teh coming week and many of the flowers will fade with teh warmth.

These are commonly called ‘milkmaids’ – they are everywhere, on long delicate stalks.  So very pretty!

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Cats paws – sort of like kangaroo paws, but much smaller, lower to the ground, but isn’t their colour glorious!

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Here are the more iconic kangaroo paws.  they just glow in the sunlight!

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some odd ones – & I do not know their names:

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I believe the first of these is called a tassel flower and comes in blue as well.  Very pretty, especially when they are scattered throughout in quite large numbers.  The second I think is a type of myrtle and it’s almost finished, but so very pretty and delicate.

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This is called a pimela.

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The first two of these are definitely the same flower, the third is not, but they are all beautiful.  I should really know their names, shouldn’t I 🙂

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Now – the peas – of various varieties and I know none of them 🙂 they grow on bushes of climb over things.  they are all rather tiny and come in so many colours!

this first one is common even in people’s gardens. Called a native wisteria.

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I would love to get more photos of this one.  It is very striking!

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But this one?  It’s face is colourful enough…

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but from the back it is astonishing!

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I hope you enjoyed this small selection.

In the coming days, I will post more wildflower photos from MtLawleyShire and other areas.

 

MtLawleyShire’s hunt for wildflowers #2: orchids, lilies, triggers and devils

This is the first of two posts of flowers from another bush reserve in the northern suburbs of Perth.  It was the first sunny day of this remarkable Spring and I walked quite a few kilometres around the area, delighting in all the flowers.

There were so many donkey orchids!  I do love these, so bright.  The grow on tall stems and lie flat with their delightful faces up to the sun and when you see them in large groups, they are like a golden wave.  I couldn’t get a decent photo of that but here are some examples:

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trigger plants – these are tiny, thing little things, like stars on the sand.  And just as numerous so you can’t really walk into their midst because you’d crush them:

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Cowslip orchids – they are fading, sadly.

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These made me whoop out loud!  Fringed lily.  It’s the first time I had seen one, and aren’t they lovely!

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Now this – this is a purple (obviously!) enamel orchid.  They are not large flowers, but not as small as you’d think and their colour makes them stand out in striking contrast to the plants around them.  They too are fading, but there are some here that look pretty good.

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Yes – this is a flower – that tall spike is the flowering spike of the grass tree.  It also gives you an idea of the bushy surrounds.  Managed, yes, but being restored to something that resembles the area’s native flora.  The sounds of the birds was astonishing.

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And this – this is a blue devil.  The picture on the left is before it opens, and then – open.  Isn’t it glorious!

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I hope you have enjoyed this part of Part 2.  Next one coming…

MtLawleyShire’s hunt for wildflowers

First – I must apologize to all who read this. I cannot interact with other blogs.  I can reply to comments, but can’t do anymore than that.  I don’t know what the problem is, it keeps occurring on this blog and is a damn nuisance.  And the WordPress people can’t seem to fix it either.  I will keep trying though.  and I do look at your blogs.

 

First – despite the cold and the rain, this has been teh best season for wildflowers in one of teh parts of teh world that is rightly famous for its wildflowers.  and this year, I went looking for them in more than my usual haunts.  There are/will be posts from Kings Park and Hyde Park, but this year, I took myself and camera further and to more different places.

This post is from a tiny area of remnant and conserved Banksia woodland in MtLawleyShire itself.  Banksia woodland is what the natural area is like, and though there are no photos of banksias in this post, there will be in others.  It is a tiny area, perhaps half a hectare, but the ‘friends’ of this area are doing wonderful work in replanting and caring and maintaining all the plants.

And I found flowers.  Wonderful flowers!

Spider orchids:

This was the first time I had seen a spider orchid let alone photographed one.  I was delighted, despite the awkward angle!

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Cowslip orchid – I have more photos of these in later posts, and again, this was the first time I had seen one.

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Donkey orchids – again, there will be more photos, but I love these.  This is the first time I had seen them and so difficult to photograph!

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This is affectionately called the ‘salt and pepper’ flower

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This is a type of pea – there are so many varieties.  There are bushes of this little flower and I have more examples from other places.

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Banksia flowers – or ‘fruit’

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I don’t know what these are, but they are buds and I haven’t yet seen their flowers.

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This, I believe, is dampiera – a cousin of the beautiful blue leschenaultia which will be in later posts.

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I have no idea what this is apart from totally intriguing!

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I don’t know what these delectable little things are, apart from pretty 🙂

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And this? A ‘naughty’ plant – a weed, but it was the only one that held a bee still enough for long enough 😀

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I hope you have enjoyed this first of the ‘wildflower hunting’ posts.  There are more to come 🙂

 

MtlawleyShire’s Native Flowers in December

Despite the hot dry weather of an early summer, there are still many flowers around, including native flowers.  I love them all and there are many intriguing ones:

Grevillea:

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Bottlebrush in all colours & cloud blossom:

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Coral and other blossoms:

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Lily pilly – flowers like stars:

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Feather flowers still flowering in Hyde Park:

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Kangaroo paw:

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and others:

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Mtlawleyshire’s 2016 calendars: 1: Wildflowers

These are photos from which I will choose those to go into the 2016 Wildflowers Calendar.  There are too many photos (soooo many!  I *do* like photographing flowers) for one calendar, but it is merely to present what will likely be included rather that what definitely will be.

Bottlebrush types:

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Grevillea:

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paper daisies:

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trees:

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blue leschenaultia:

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pea flowers:

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myrtle types (fluffballs):

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Banksia;

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others (don’t know their names or types) – & some may be cultivars or not native:

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& kangaroo paws – cultivars but lovely

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If you wish to order a Wildflowers Calendar, let me know.

 

Flowers in MtLawleyShire

But we will start in the city with flowers and bees in the small city orchard.  A riot of colour, of beauty.

Borage

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Borage and bees

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more flowering herbs: yarrow and tansy

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& I know this is a herb, but can I think of the name?  No 😀

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A sort of poppy (though it’s probably not)

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and in a brighter orange variety – a bee burrows for the rich nectar & pollen

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Action shot!

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Paper daisies, eternally cheerful

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a solitary blossom in a courtyard

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This should be up with the herbs: valerian flowers:

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and to my delight – a cornflower.  That blue is just lovely.

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one of these is a marigold, and the other – pretty but unknown.

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Kangaroo paw en masse:

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and these were my delight – when I was a child, we had yellow ones in our garden and called them ‘granny’s bonnets’.  They are columbines 🙂

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In MtLawleyShire itself, there are still bottlebrush flowers.  I love the pink variety.  So delicate:

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some flowers seen in a verge garden:

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the stunning architecture of a dandelion seed head:

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the heavily perfumed flowers of the rainforest tree – they are street trees and I walk through perfumed air sometimes

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roses in one of the gardens I walk past:

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and a bee on a clump of roadside lavender

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but here – this is the prettiest flower of them all 🙂

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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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A Feast of Flowers in MtLawleyShire

It’s the first day of Spring – as far as the calendar goes, at least.  And the last few days have been too cold and cloudy if not outright rainy for flowers in other people’s gardens.  There are no roses as they are all only putting forth their first shoots, but there have been flowers, and if I was not so thick and weary with ‘flu, I would be out hunting more.

Here is a selection of flowers from the last two weeks, and as it’s officially Spring, I’ll start with blossom – almond blossom, complete with a singing honeyeater.  This tree is always the first to burst into blossom around here:

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Native blossoms from around the area:

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Geraldton wax & native wisteria:

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Beautiful iris:

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camellia and lemon flower:

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Daisies:

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poppy & ranunculus:

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Jonquil & dandelion seed head:

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freesias and snowdrops:

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Dietes and something purple 🙂 :

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and weeds – lupins and others:

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lily:

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and a variety of hibiscus:

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I hope you enjoyed all the colour 🙂