Helen commented on A Family of Four, reflecting on the way kangaroos were affecting the number of wild flowers in South Australia. This has inspired me to go back and keep a month by month record of the native flowers I have photographed since we moved in. This will build into an index of flowers when I have sufficient finds to create an index page.
Thanks Helen, for giving me the motivation to go back and organise my photographs.
While we arrived here in August, it did not occur to me to look for wild flowers until we had a visit from a friend who knew a lot about native orchids. I have no photographs of flowers in August, and in September, only two;
The first is the Nodding Greenhood (Orchidaceae pterostylis nutans), an Australian Native Orchid. We had very large patches of these in September, in numerous locations across the property. I’m in the very early stages of learning about our Native Orchids, but I understand these ones are fairly common.
The second photograph I am almost too embarrassed to include because it is so blurry, but given I am creating a record of species, I have decided to include it. There is insufficient detail in the photograph to identify it conclusively, and the closest I can find in my field guide is a Wedding Bush. I’m not sure that it is though – the field guide states that the Wedding Bush is an erect or spreading shrub – and this is obviously a ground cover. So, my guess is that it is not a Wedding Bush. If you know your native flowers and can identify it, I would love to hear from you.
I’m sure there were plenty of other things flowering in September, but at that stage of my life here, I did not know enough about our bushland to ‘see’ them.