The last month of Spring seems to be the peak flowering period for Australian native plants that grow around here. In November they were the most spectacular, as well as the most plentiful. Leading into this month, rainfall had been good, the dam was full, and the ground moist. The late Spring sun shone down on blooms of violet, yellow, pink, blue and white.
So here is part one of November Wildflowers.
I’m a much better photographer now that I was in November, so please forgive the blurry photographs.
Plain Sun-orchid Thelymitra nuda R. Br.
I took this photograph before I realised it was an orchid, otherwise I would have taken several more. If my memory serves me well, it was a deeper shade of purple than this photo shows. My camera seems to have an aversion to photographing blue and violet flowers clearly. It must be something to do with the light.
Small Grass-tree Xanthorrhoea minor
The back third of our property is littered with Xanthorrhoea minor. Most of the year, it looks like scrubby grassland, but in November this land turns into an exotic garden, filled with two metre flower spikes and drifts of butterflies. I can’t wait to see them in bloom again.
Chocolate Lily Arthropodium strictum
Unfortunately I did not manage to take a photo of this flower while it was still in the ground. It was growing in a location which was being slashed to prepare for the fire season. At the last-minute, I rescued this one, simply so I could photograph it. My recollection is that Chocolate Lilies were fairly common in November. Hopefully they will grow again this November so I can capture the full flower.
There are a few different types of Chocolate Lily and my photograph is not clear enough to distinguish which particular one it may be.
Looking at the sad state of the lily in these photos makes me feel sad that we couldn’t leave it where it was growing.