Tag Archives: Australian wildflowers

It’s a Great Season for Epacris

13 Oct
Epacris

Epacris

Right now, the Epacris is in flower, and to my mind it’s never looked better!

Its sight is one of the highlights of a walk in the bush. It grows beautifully, right beside the river where I swim.

Such a pretty, Australian wildflower …

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Springtime in the Australian Bush

5 Sep
Springtime in the Bush

Springtime in the Bush

 

It’s easy to tell it’s Springtime in the bush. It’s the only time one ever sees in such abundance this lovely white-flowered creeper in bloom. It’s common name is Old Man’s Beard, but purists call it Clematis glycinoides. It starts to flower in August, reaching it full potential weeks later. But alas, it finishes its display in September. A brief but most welcome show!

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Australian Wildflowers : Here’s More

15 Oct

Tiny white flowers growing near the river

Purple wildflower

A rare park flower

Unfortunately I’m not a botanist, and, since identifying plants solely from reference books is both difficult and potentially flawed, when in doubt I’ll leave it to others to put names to flowers.

Certainly, you don’t need specialist or even general knowledge of such flora to appreciate their beauty. Whether understated and subtle, or unashamedly spectacular, our wildflowers have their own appeal.

These photos have been taken during recent weeks in Sydney, Australia.

Next time you’re in native parkland, why not make a special effort to keep your eyes peeled for our charming native flowering plants? Who knows what you will find!

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Wildflowers of Australia: Simply Beautiful!

12 Oct

Lomandra

Flannel flowers

There’s something special about wildflowers. In essence, it’s that they are as nature intended: not meddled with by human hands. Therefore, their beauty is intrinsic, not cultivated.

Here, I’ve chosen two entirely different types to show you. First,  Lomandra, with the river in the background. I’ll admit they have almost certainly been planted: nevertheless they are rather unusual, attractive and useful natives. Their impressive spikes offer important protection for wildlife, and their flowers exude a kind of subtle beauty, along with an unusual perfume.

Second, the genuine article: Flannel flowers, scattered here and there, with Mother Nature as their guide.Their grey leaves blend perfectly with their cream-coloured flowers. Interestingly, their ‘petals’ are not what they seem: they’re actually bracts surrounding clusters of insignificant flowers. Perhaps surprisingly, Flannel Flowers are related to carrots and celery!

As I go through our native park-lands, I’ll keep my eyes open for other awesome Australian wildflowers to show you!