The lilies of the valley

Blue Squill Chamaescilla corymbosa and others

I recently was blessed to visit a remnant grassland in a little valley on the plains of western Victoria during a mass spring blooming of various lilies, orchids and other wildflowers. This site was once a sheoak and banksia woodland/savannah (I’m told) but most of them are gone, having been cleared. The derived grassland is, nevertheless, spectacular in its own right. This mass flowering is something not many people in modern Australia would have seen, although it would have once been typical of our temperate plains and grassy woodlands. A few photos might at least start rectifying the sad state of public appreciation. Continue reading

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Mistletoe on the Christmas Bush

Christmas, a northern hemisphere religious/cultural festival associated with the winter solstice and (obviously) Christian and earlier pagan religion, can seem a bit odd translated into the Australian summer.

“Ecology is Not a Dirty Word” has blogged on a few of the Australian christmas-theme-compliant plants and flowers and their ecology. Have a read of that; and here’s my add-on.

Depending on where you are, “Christmas Bush” may refer to a number of different plants. Around here it would be the shrub Bursaria spinosa, but the name “prickly Bursaria” is more common. Continue reading

Flowers of the Forest II: Eggs & Bacon in the Brisbane Ranges

A second Spring wildflower walk, this time with friends in the Brisbane Ranges in late September. We entered via Anakie Gorge, and then took the Ted Errey Nature Circuit which ascends the hills on the south side of the gorge, to return via the other end of the gorge. The Brisbane ranges are renowned for spring wildflowers, and the most difficult part of my job to make this post was choosing which photos to share! Continue reading