Wildflower walk around Lake Leschenaultia – photo post

An orange-brown gravel track wanders along on the right hand side. In the far background are some greyish brown rough-barked tree trunks. Covering the ground in the centre and foreground is a large mass of sky-blue flowers.

Walking around Lake Leschenaultia in October. There is a lake, and there is the blue-flowered leschenaultia.

A blue flower central with more out of focus behind. The flower has four petals each shaped like a squished heart, with crinkly edges  at the centre. Three of the petals are yellow where they meet the centre, the fourth is black.

There was a lot of blue out, actually. The Thelymitra orchids or Blue Sun orchids were showing their faces anywhere that the sun shone (erratic), the blue lily that looks very similar was growing here and there, and there was these guys. I’m not sure what they are, four symmetric petals with assymmetric central colouring, presumably something from the Goodenaceae (same family as Scaevola and the Leschenaultia).

Four heads of white four-petalled cross-shaped flowers. Each flower is slightly fuzzy or frilly, orange stamens come from the centre of some. The effect is a lot like a bubbly marshmallow.

I much prefer the white Pimelea to the pink one that gets sold all over the place. What I want for my garden though is the yellow one.

A stem dangles from top left to lower right, occasional leaves coming off at joints, the stem terminates in a flower. The flower is like an orange fan with two yellow eyes and a big bulbous red nose sticking out of the centre.

There are what, 400 species of peaflower in this state? One day I will revise my knowledge of them but it’s not now. I just remember that they’re almost all poisonous (hello, 1080) and make fun of their “faces”.

Multiple thin green reedlike stems coming up from the ground. Each stem has multiple small yellow pea flowers up and around it, with occasional tiny lance-shaped green leaves.

Another pea flower. This one appears to be leafless at first glance, with many flowers on each of several reed-like stems.

A small bush of densely packed blue-green leaves, with long white tubular flowers scattered over it.

Ooh, an Astroloma! These are a bush food – they have an edible berry that’s supposed to be quite nice. They are one of the plants I have in the back of my mind for learning to propagate as a potential commercial proposition. People are always interested in bush foods and this is a much prettier plant than mondo grass.

Many little purple cup-shaped flowers hang upside down off slightly bouncy stems. There are probably forty flowers visible in the picture.

I have no idea what these are. I know that I did once know, but other than noticing that they all hang upside down and they’re not fuzzy, my memory is quite blank. Quite colourful though.

A few white flowers emerge from a general mass of dried stems and leaves. The lower petal of each flower protrudes like a landing platform, and has a double line of pink spots leading down towards the centre of the flower.

This is not the Snake Bush I best know, but I think it must be in the same genus. The flowers are identical in shape and size, white instead of purple but they have the same lines of spots. Those spots and petals look quite different in the UV spectrum, and bees and insects see the spots as “landing lights” to find their way straight in. The flowers may seem plain to us, but it’s flashy neon-bright advertising for eyeballs that see a different spectrum.

A thin branched stem almost disappears against the bushy-grassy background. At the tips of the branches are tiny olive-black ovals which are flowers, closed tightly together.

Flower spikes from one of the bloodroots. Another bush food I’d like to grow, the roots are edible (if a bit hot). I like these for the flowers though, small, shiny and black, and pollinated exclusively by native bees (European honeybees can’t work out how to get in).

A vine trails back and forth over leaf litter with a large forest log in the background. The leaves lie flat to the ground in groups of three blue-green round leaflets like a giant clover. Scattered across the vine field are flower stems sticking straight up. At the tip of each stem is a cluster of orange and pink pea flowers. The effect is of a pinkish orange layer floating about three inches above the ground.

One more of the many pea flowers I saw. This is one of the coral peas, with pink centres to the orange flowers. I loved the way the vine had drifted over the ground but put flower stalks straight up in a floating field of nodding colour.

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