Summer Wildflowers of Bangadilly, Australia

Fringe Lily, Thysanotus tuberosus 

Here in Australia it’s early summer and already the scorching hot, dry days are setting in. I escape the heat for a walk in nearby Bangadilly National Park, where closer inspection of the ground cover reveals an array of wildflowers.  

Many are small, intricate forms less than a centimetre in diameter. I wonder how they can survive the heat, sheltered only by the sparse shade of shrubs and native trees. 

I feel privileged to live right across the road from such beautiful hidden treasures, and happily souvenir a collection of photos, so I can enlarge them, research their names and observe their beauty in greater detail when I return home. 

It makes me appreciate the natural world’s diversity, and wonder about our place in it. 

Bangadilly National Park is located at Canyonleigh, in the New South Wales Southern Highlands of Australia. It is described as a dry sclerophyll forest, having low rainfall and poor soil nutrition. Plants typically have hard, narrow or spiky leaves to help them cope with the poor growing conditions.

Spike Wattle, Acacia oxycedrus 

Ozothamnus diosmifolium 

Silky Purple Flag, Pattersonia sericea 

Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium punctatum 

Swamp wattle, Acacia retinodes 

Wild Fuschia, Correa

Written by Lisa Romano

A retired graphic designer, living on 5 acres of hobby farm in the NSW Southern Highlands in Australia. The climate is hot in summer and cold in winter. We have had snow in late spring.
My design studio ran in Sydney for 24 years and provided me with a rich and diverse insight into many sectors of business, both public and private. Home now lies at the end of a long dirt road surrounded by rural holdings and native bushland, with extensive elevated views. Social media has brought the world to my living room, where I enjoy learning about people, gardening, the natural world, and food, glorious food.

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