Autumn Flowers

Recently we have been looking at the flowers growing in the botanic garden section of Kings Park, just a kilometre or two from central Perth. Although it is autumn, there are plenty of colourful flowers in full bloom.

That’s Grevillea leucoclada, from the Northern heathland of Western Australia, up top. Plus Batchelors Buttons above and Sturt’s Desert Pea below.

And that is Oak-leaved Dryandra below. You could be forgiven for thinking that it was spring here!

Taking the High Ground 2

Although it is mid autumn here in Perth, there were still some interesting wildflowers along the Baldwin’s Bluff trail at Serpentine National Park. There was plenty of the large flowered Hibbertia species above and also these small daisies.

And a few spectacular flowers on the Lemon-scented Darwinia as well.

We were pleased to see that Lemon-scented Darwinia was featured on the large sign in the picnic area – because it featured one of our photos ( with our permission, of course). Oops, sorry for the shameless self promotion – but we did earn the bragging rights after all.

Bold Autumn Colours

We went for a walk through Perth’s Bold Park recently. It’s mid-autumn here in Perth and you might not expect to find any wildflowers in bloom. However if you look carefully, there are still colourful flowers to admire.

We noticed Fringed Lilies (above) and this Grevillea vestita.

And Yellow Leschenaultia.

And Firewood Banksia.

And even some trees with the less common, all yellow variety of Firewood Banksia. You don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy wildflowers in Perth!

Bold Animals

As well as the flowers that we featured yesterday, we have seen plenty of interesting animals in Bold Park recently. There are quite a few colourful Rainbow Bee-eaters (above) and some well camouflaged Tawny Frogmouths.

There are also some impressive spiders, including Golden Orb Weavers with the “packaging” from previous meals hanging in their web.

And this colourful spider that looks like the West Australian version of the St Andrew’s Cross Spider that lives on the east coast. It’s called a Banded Garden Spider or Banded Argiope.