My mother was born and bred in Western Australia, right in the heart of the fabled wildflower zone. If I had a dollar for every time I heard how wonderful the Western Australian wildflowers were compared to anywhere else in Australia – if not the world – I could have travelled round the world to find out for myself!
But despite several trips to the West, I’d never been there in spring to see the wildflowers in the wild.
We didn’t have to wait for spring for the North-western wildflowers – the warmer climate all year round means winter wildflowers! AND a wonderful escape from the cold down south!! Bonus!!!
But I digress …
Travelling down the vast bulk of Western Australia from Kununurra to Kalbarri via Karajini and further south into the wildflower we’ve seen a wondrous array of Western Australian wildflowers – and now they’re at their peak!
So, for your viewing pleasure and visual delectation, here’s a small, colour-coded taste of what I’ve seen so far.
Mum was right. They ARE magnificent!! And marvellous though they are (right?!), these photos of mostly individual blooms don’t convey the utter fabulousness of seeing them all together. A field of yellow wattles interspersed with grey-white smoke-bush and … um … purple flowers accented with spectacularly brilliant pinks, reds and yes, greens is impossible to describe and too vast to photograph.
SO … what’s the best way to display this floral bonanza?
Call me unscientific (actually, I’d take that as a compliment) but as you can already see, I’ve used the magic of colour!!
Without rudimentary knowledge of taxonomics or floral naming conventions I can’t use species classification groups. I don’t even know the scientific, let alone the common names of many of them – around 12,000 species in all – so alphabetic order isn’t possible! And as flowers seem to be unaware of shire boundaries, a regional display is also out of the question.
And yes, I MAY have gone a little overboard with the collages, but this is me. Deal with it.
And Mum, for all those times I’ve secretly suspected that maybe, just maybe the Western Australian
wildflowers aren’t quite as stupendous as you’ve described, you can now say ‘I told you so’!!
If YOU’RE loving the Western Australian wildflowers too, why not check them out for yourself? It’s never too late to start planning YOUR trip to Western Australia!
Then let me know what I’ve missed!!