This is the second in an occasional series of posts in which I celebrate, and share with you, the spring flowering in what we like to think of as the Bush Capital. If people associate Canberra and flowers at all, it's likely to be in the context of Floriade, an annual display of mostly European plants, or perhaps the magnificent National Botanic Gardens. However the forested hills and flatter woodland reserves that lie throughout the city have superb floral displays in spring.
As spring progresses and I post more in this series, I'll limit myself to flowers which have emerged since I was last out, so I won't be repeating species. The last couple of weeks have been dry, and it's only starting to warm up now, so progress is still a bit slow.the first posting in the series, these photos were taken on Black Mountain in central Canberra, on a short walk yesterday as we zipped between other engagements. For the rest, the flowers are quite capable of talking for themselves.
|Waxlip Orchid, Glossodia major. A handsome fairly large orchid,|
widespread in south-eastern Australia. I'm always delighted by the first one of the year!
|Dillwynia retorta, one of the parrot-peas, so named for no evident reason.|
|Finally, another firm favourite of mine, the beautiful Twining Fringe-Lily,|
Thysanotus patersonii. Just love those fringed petals!
Another instalment in a week or so, as things start to pick up - October is the peak flowering month around here.