I thought I might share with you the seasonal changes in a piece of Southern Australian bushland not far from where I live. So pop your walking shoes on, it’s not far to go!
Australian plants, as you probably know, are almost all evergreen and the landscape does not have the dramatic seasonal changes seen elsewhere in the world.
But changes do happen. Sometimes they are ‘shout it out loud’ changes, like acacias all in flower for miles around and sometimes they are little whispered changes like the emergence of a tiny delicate ground orchid.
It’s early autumn here and a few things are flowering or in bud right now.
This bushland is far from pristine. It is on the edge of my semi rural / industrial town and has to put up with a lot of bad treatment from people who think it is a great place to dump rubbish and garden waste. However it is cared for by a very dedicated band of volunteers who keep the damage to a minimum and give the indigenous plants room to move.
As I wandered about with my family taking photos my true ignorance of Australian plants really began to sink in. I could tell you a tree is a eucalypt, but which of the hundreds of different eucalypts…or maybe it’s a corymbia…well, your guess is as good as mine and quite possibly better!
Same goes for acacia. I’m pretty much stumped even for names of acacias after ‘golden’ or ‘silver’ wattle and there are hundreds of them! Same for banksias and grevillias.
Oh dear. Looks like this seasonal update is going to turn into yet another research project. But all the better really – I’ll start to gain a better appreciation of what is born to do well in my area (other than blackberry that is)!