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What's Flowering in our patch in Birak (December / January 2019/2020)

The fourth in a series of blogs where I share what's flowering in our patch. With a deep respect for the traditional custodians of this land, I'm sharing what's flowering during each of the 6 Indigenous seasons, as these are the true season of this land. We are currently around the middle of the Birak, traditionally known as the season of the young and associated with dry, hot weather and cultural burning time.

Our aim here is to give a majority of our land back to nature and one way we do this is by having an abundance of food in the form of flowers for all endemic fauna - from the tiniest native bees to the largest foraging mammals and birds and everything in between. From trees to groundcovers, natives to edibles, here's our list of plants that are in flower. We hope you find some inspiration from this list for what you could plant in your own garden. (Note: some are only flowering for parts of Birak and some are flowering throughout the whole season:)

Native Hibiscus

Native Trees (only some endemic)

  • Jacaranda

  • Eucalyptus macrandra

  • Marri

  • Eucalyptus preissiana

  • Spotted gum - Corymbia maculata

  • Mahogany Gum (Woollybutt) - Eucalyptus botryoides

  • Lemon scented gum - Corymbia citriodora

  • Blue Mallee Eucalyptus

  • Showy Honey Myrtle - Melaleuca nesophila

  • Golden Gum - Corymbia eximia

  • Fuschia gum

  • Lilly Pilly

Jacaranda flower with a resting (albeit awkwardly) hairy flower wasp

Native Shrubs (only some endemic)

  • Verticordia plumosa

  • Banksia ashbyii

  • Native Rosemary - Westringia fruiticosa

  • Cut leaf banksia - Banksia praemorsa

  • Grevillea carramar

  • Grevillea Supreme

  • Grevillea Robyn Gordon

  • Native Hibiscus - alyogyne huegelii

  • Kangaroo paws

Robyn Gorden flower covered in Hylaeus species bee and a large Amegilla native bee

Native Groundcovers & Climbers (only some endemic)

  • Boobialla - Myoporum parvifolium

  • Grevillea 'Gin Gin Gem'

  • Scaevola purple fanfare

  • Banksia blechnifolia

  • Snakebush - Hemiandra pungens

  • Snakevine - Hibbertia scandens

Boobialla ground cover with large Hylaeus native bee


(This list varies each year to what annual edibles we are growing)

  • California Poppy

  • Elder flower

  • Calendula officinalis

  • Borage

  • Cats Ear

  • Thyme and lemon thyme

  • Cape Gooseberry

  • Clary sage

  • Parsley

  • Comfrey

  • Basil

  • Lemon verbena

  • Jerusalem artichokes

  • Galangal

  • Echinacea

  • Mint

  • Chicory

  • Self Heal

  • Lemon balm

  • Anise hyssop

  • Fennel

  • Chamomile

  • Wormwood

  • Tansy

  • Oregano

  • Catmint

  • Chives, garlic chives

  • Eggplant, tomato, chilli,

  • Pumpkin

  • Watermelon

  • Zucchini

  • Cucumber

Basil, silverbeet and a few lettuce plants beginning to flower

Ornamental (or non-native) Shrubs/Trees/Groundcovers

  • Magnolia little gem

  • Leucaspermum cordifolium - orange and yellow

  • Viburnum Tinus

  • Buddlejia yellow, purple, pink

  • Osteospermum White Daisy With Purple Center

  • Tibouchina 'Jazzie'

  • Mexican marigold

  • 'Hot Lips' Salvia

  • 'Wendy's Wish' Salvia

  • Purple and white trailing lantana

  • Convolvulus sabatius purple ground cover

  • Pelargoniums

  • Geraniums

  • Lippia

  • Hebe

  • Begonias

  • Agastache

  • Sunflowers

  • Water Hibiscus

  • Mexican sage

  • Agapanthus

  • Gaura

  • Hollyhock

  • Cosmos

  • Bougainvillea

  • Geisha Girl

White Daisy with an interesting Hoverfly - I call it Spiky Bum Hoverfly

And that's a wrap from our patch for December/January 2019/2020.

Garden Blessings

Trac x

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