|The true Blue Lady - over a metre tall and sometimes seen in other colours|
The time for photographing wildflowers has almost passed.
Not only have they begun to diminish, but we are now getting those typical
Western Australian days, hot, dry and sunny - too much contrast, too much UV, which results in pictures so
overexposed that you can barely make out the detail, not even when you adjust
the exposure. That ominous rustle and crackle in the undergrowth is also
starting to make me wary of heading into the bush alone, but there are still a few pleasant surprises.
|Blue Lady tending to blue grey/ purple|
My first Flower of the Week is the true Blue Lady of the hills, not that one
I showed you earlier which was smaller - about half a metre tall and only had
two or three flowers per spike. The real ones are much taller – around a metre
or so and their densely clustered flower spikes come in several shades
from bluish grey, through several blues, to pinkish purple.
The second is the fringed Lily which first appeared a couple of weeks ago. It
ranges from bluish purple to a pinkish purple and comes in a thick leaved variety
with a cluster of heads looking rather like a Sweet William and also a more
delicate one with only two to three florets offset on a single slender stem.
|And almost pink|
|The larger Fringed Lily|
At around the time that these were in bloom I also saw a clump of
red rattlebeak orchids, now long gone, and as I was admiring them a lady from
a nearby house invited me into her native garden to see the green ones. She
has twenty three different orchids that come up naturally every year in her
garden. I am looking forward to seeing the others. The now hot and almost ever
present wind, has not made for very good shots and you have to wonder how these plants manage to survive in this harsh environment at all.
|A clump of Red Rattlebeak Orchids|
|The Green Rattlebeak Orchid seen in a neighbouring yard|
|This week's Flower of the Week - The Blue Flag|
My latest find is a purple flag, a substantial plant which
would do any garden proud. This also comes in a variety of colours and types.
|Here is a large pink one, but I have also seen small ground hugging ones|
The many different
trigger plants continue to intrigue me as the season unfolds - the mauve, the yellows, pinks, the small
white cowkicks, and the clumps of tiny, butterfly shaped ones "Circus" perhaps, that range from white
to salmon pink to brick red and grow prolifically in several places.
|Tiny White Cow Kicks|
|Tall pink Trigger Plant - 'Queen' I think - about 1 metre,|
|I have also seen this one in a rich purple|
|A sprinkle of 'Circus" Trigger Plants which I have also seen in densely packed mounds and fairy rings|
|Lilac coloured Trigger Plant about knee high with spiky leaves. It also has a cousin with similar colours but with lobed leaves|
|Another close relative, the slightly smaller "Pink Fountain" is very prolific too|
The pea flowers are also changing. Bright red ones on a medium size shrub have replaced many of the earlier ones. I have also seen low growing pink ones, pale lemon ones on trees and shrubs and two varieties of 10 -15 cm tall spiked plants densely covered in tiny lemon or orange flowers. It makes me wonder about the insects which would visit them. It is probably not a coincidence either that there are so many trigger plants nearby. Do trigger plants die if they don't manage to catch anything or do they just make use of insects for pollination? I stay on the paths to avoid treading on them. It is the sides of the paths and roads - the border lands, which are richest in species anyway, because the variation in sunlight allows a broader range to flourish.
The beautiful Lechenaultias, Cottonheads in pink or white and
everlasting daisies of various heights and types, continue to make up the backdrop
of this everchanging carpet, with a few other plants thrown in here and there such as the pink
boronia one week, a wax flower the next, or a little tousleheaded Purple Tassel -about the size, shape and colour of a chive flower, popping in to keep things interesting.
|White Cottonheads - these come in pink too|