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What's Flowering in our patch in Bunuru (February / March 2020)

The fifth 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 Bunuru, traditionally known as the season of adolescence and for us in the South West of Western Australia is the hottest part of the year. But this doesn't mean that your garden can't be full of flowers. You can still have an abundance of flowers and plants that require little watering to no watering.

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 Bunuru and some are flowering throughout the whole season:)

Cosmos in our patch with a visiting Megachile species native bee

Native Trees (only some endemic)

  • Marri (depending on the seasons)

  • Lemon scented gum - Corymbia citriodora

  • Showy Honey Myrtle - Melaleuca nesophila

  • Fuschia gum

  • Lilly Pilly

  • Eucalyptus Macrandra - long flowered Marlock

  • Eucalyptus saligna - Sydney Blue Gum

Marri flowers

Native Shrubs (only some endemic)

  • Native Rosemary - Westringia fruiticosa

  • Cut leaf banksia - Banksia praemorsa

  • Grevillea Carramar

  • Grevillea Bonnie Prince Charles

  • Grevillea Supreme

  • Grevillea Robyn Gordon

  • Grevillea olivacea - red and yellow forms

  • Native Hibiscus - alyogyne huegelii

  • Banksia spinulosa - Birthday Candles

Banksia spinulosa - Birthday Candles

Native Groundcovers & Climbers (only some endemic)

  • Pigface - pink

  • Grevillea 'Gin Gin Gem'

  • Scaevola purple fanfare

  • Banksia blechnifolia

Banksia blechnifolia


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

  • California Poppy

  • Elder flower

  • Calendula officinalis

  • Borage

  • Ashwangandha

  • Rosemary

  • Cats Ear

  • Lettuce, Mizuna mustard (we allow some to flower)

  • Silverbeet

  • Curry Tree

  • Cape Gooseberry

  • Clary sage

  • Lemon verbena

  • Jerusalem artichokes

  • Self Heal

  • Lemon balm

  • Yarrow

  • Anise hyssop

  • Catmint

  • Chives, garlic chives

  • Eggplant, tomato, chilli, paprika

  • Pumpkin

  • Watermelon

  • Zucchini

  • Cucumber

  • Lime

Ashwagandha flowers

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

  • Magnolia little gem

  • Buddlejia yellow, purple, pink (depending on when I prune them)

  • 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

  • Begonias

  • Sunflowers

  • Water Hibiscus

  • Mexican sage

  • Agapanthus

  • Gaura

  • Hollyhock

  • Cosmos

  • Bougainvillea

  • Geisha Girl

  • Ornamental ginger

Agapanthus flowers with a Spotted Jezebel butterfly

And that's a wrap from our patch for February/March 2020.

Garden Blessings

Trac x

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