It is finally beginning to feel like Autumn, even though technically, it has been for a few weeks. Over the past few days I have been noticing many familiar wild flowers beginning to grow. This post shows a few of the plants I have come across this week. Some are just setting leaves, and will flower later – in winter or spring. Others, are already in flower. It’s great to see so many young plants growing along the sides of the bush tracks. Among them I’ve noticed a few different kinds of heath, a few pea species, tea tree, Erect Guinea Flower, Twining Fringe-lily and a number of different rounded orchid leaves. Here we go on another wild flower adventure! Each year has been different, based on the weather. I wonder what 2015 has in store? Both pink flowered and white flowered Common Heath plants have been in bloom since mid Summer, and continue to thrive in the mild conditions. The white heath is pictured, above. I see smaller heath plants sprouting from the soil all around the property. Next year it should be a very good show!
We have small patches of Cranberry Heath in a number of different locations, but they all seem to be progressing at different rates. I’ve seen two plants in flower, so hopefully it won’t be too long before the rest follow. The flowers are a glorious red!
The orchid season has started as well. Small numbers of Parsons Bands Orchids have been flowering for a couple of weeks, and with some rain, they seem to have popped up everywhere in the last couple of days. I know we had them last year, but I don’t recall seeing them in such numbers. The milder summer, and recent rain seem to have suited their required growing conditions.
A couple of days ago, I noticed the first Tiny Greenhood for the season. Such delightful plants! Today I found some smaller Greenhoods which I can’t yet identify. They were about 4cm in height and had a single flower on each stem, with no leaves on the ground. If anyone can help me to identify them, I would appreciate it.