Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park Wildflowers #2 – en masse

It’s very difficult to get the wide sweep of flowers – Kings Park is in the middle of the city, but it is a large part of wilderness apart from the planted areas. And these fields are ‘planted’ so some extent – sweeps of wildflowers that wouldn’t fit in my little camera, but hopefully you get some idea of the sweeps of colour that are possible.  One day, I would love to see them in the wild where they can ‘paint’ great swathes of landscape in brilliance.


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and then there are the massed kangaroo paws:

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the colour of these spaces is wonderful.

And so are the trees, but you will have to wait for another day.  It is time I went to bed 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my so short few hours walking in the flowered places of Kings Park.


Out of MtLawleyShire: Kings Park Wildflowers #1

I finally got to Kings park early this week – on a sunny day that was, sadly, very windy. Many of my photos were spoilt by the wind shifting about flowers and leaves.  But I did get some shots evocative of the beauty of the wildflowers that paints Western Australia’s wild places in the festival held at Kings Park every year.

Because I was so late going this year, many of the flowers were either finished or almost.  But still, there are a few 🙂

I have split the post into individual flowers (this one) and massed flower displays (next one)

The first thing I saw made me laugh with delight – an old rusted out Holden, an iconic car in Australian culture – planted with wildflowers.  Quite delightful.

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I don’t know many of the flower’s names, so shall just post with comments.

Kangaroo paws:

This is the most iconic of the kangaroo paws – the red and green

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these ones:

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and red!

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& my favourite – the south-west Kangaroo paw:

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eucalypt flower – it makes gumnuts and was the last left on the tree:

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Bottlebrush flowers – the first is a round fluffy, puff-flower-ball at the junction of two small twigs.  Utterly gorgeous.

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I don’t know what these are but I love their delicacy. There’s 2 different types, and they are at the end of their flowering, so I was lucky to get them:

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I call this red fluffballs – they are tiny.

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Rare Grevillea – not the best photo, but it was soooo windy.

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I don’t know what these are, but I like them.  The green ones are like pom-poms.

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the ‘bacon and egg’ flower and – well, I don’t know what it is

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little white ones

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A branch of Geraldton wax flowers and a type of little ‘paper’ flower.  They can be dried and will last forever without losing their colour:

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I hope you enjoyed looking at the flowers 🙂

Next post: Kings Park wildflowers en masse


MtLaweyShire’s Wildflowers in the rain

There’s a small park on the edge of MtLawleyShire, on it’s – um – northern, or north-western borders (the borders are somewhat variable and I think, once, this park would’ve been just outside the borders, but no longer!) and there are some pretty wildflowers there – but this week, it rained, heavily, was a dark and gloomy sort of morning, but still – flowers.

My camera would not stay in my bag.

So, wildflowers bejewelled:

Fringed bottlebrush:

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I was fascinated with the way the raindrops hung on the spines:

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What I call pink fluffballs, but with the raindrops (giving you a clue as to their real size) they go from being pretty to stunning:

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A Banksia – I love the flowers grow on the ground in some of these, and a secret Grevillea:

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and trees, darkened by rain:


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Spooky tree in the gloomy light:



& a wee friendly light willy wagtail: