The Sydney spring bush flower caravan trundles onwards (you can catch up with part 1 and part 2 here)! So, I have found yet another five petalled flower and I have decided it is a mauve coloured small crowea. Meanwhile, the charming white mini floral display below that is absolutely everywhere in some parks at the moment. It is very pretty and seems to be concentrated mostly along paths. It looks a bit like a light scattering of snow and upon careful investigation, I have decided it is a heath myrtle. Finally, this blossoming bush is actually in the last hurrahs of flowering (it was much more active during winter/ autumn) and I am happy to say that it is without a shadow of a doubt a peach blossom tea tree.
This post follows on from my previous post the other day on Sydney bush flowers which seem to be taking full advantage of the lovely spring weather at the moment. I have found yet another variety of boronia - this time with an arrangement of fern like leaves which I think is a Pinnate Boronia.
Below, are some other native delights (clockwise from top left): Could not find the name of this tiny blue/ purple beauty, short purple flag wild iris, red spider flower, white spider flowers and pink swamp heath.
So, for some time now I have been very perplexed about the variations of the abundance of purple/ pink native bush flowers that appear this time every year. Some are light pink with five petals and long thin leaves, some are dark purple with four petals and long thin leaves etc. Well I have finally pulled my finger out and have possibly come to some conclusion about the identities of these variations on a theme.
From what I can gather, these are all native Boronias (four petals). The top left hand boronia has short leaves, so quite possibly it is Boronia serrulata or Native Rose or Sydney Rose - deep pink version. The top right is also a Boronia, but with its long thin leaves it is a Boronia heterophylla. The bottom two Boronias are a bit different again (the petals are more rounded and the flower buds are balled up rather than elongated), but are quite possibly a variation on the heterophylla.
Meanwhile, there are the five petalled Crowea exalata waxy star flower which I have seen in both white and pale pink:
Finally, here are two more photos showing yet another variation (?) of a native Boronia, but in a dark, dark pink and beside that a field of Crowea exalata waxy star flowers.
It is most definitely Spring here in Sydney! The entire city is awash in flora and fauna proclaiming that this is indeed the season. Here are some on the fly snaps I have taken over the past day or two. Above: Dee Why pools and beach. Below: More Dee Why pools featuring groovy honey combed sand stone, pink and white fleurs from north head, wattle also from north head, a yellow tailed black cockatoo in Manly Dam and a black swan saying "hello" also in Manly Dam.
Below: My fourth sighting of an echidna in the wild in Sydney - always a delight!
Fountain in Martin Place, parrots in The Australian Museum, native somethings in the wildflower gardens, Queen Victoria in Queen's Square Sydney city, ornamental purple and white cabbage - y things in Hyde Park.
Some interesting things I've seen on my travels recently: my second in situ echidna sighting (see first sighting here)! Purple flowers that are everywhere right now, beautiful flowering mimosa and a flock of seagulls black cockatoos that sailed overhead making the most glorious squawks and chirps as they went
Some photos I've been taking over the past little while with my 4S. Above, a pretty pink and green art nouveau building in York Street in the city.
Above: A stylish, new, arched brick building in York Street that perfectly compliments the art deco brick building it sits beside (right). An attractive native something as seen on a walk in the bush. A streamlined moderne beauty in Riley Street and a mural in front of a classic art deco pub in Park Street