October has been a real delight; in particular I can’t remember seeing such an amazing profusion of peas.
In November I am expecting the unexpected…wondering which earlier spring flowers will linger longer, and which summer plants will flower early. I am hoping that the Grass Triggerplant Stylidium graminifolium will ‘linger longer’ as it’s erect stem with spike of pale pink or white flowers is always a delight to see, and sometimes occurs in massed displays.
It is often mixed with the gorgeous mauve Chocolate Lily Arthropodium strictum.
In the Allen Noble Sanctuary a late spring plant Long Purple-flag Patersonia occidentalis which has a spectacular flower with three large purple petals has already finished. Maybe you will find it elsewhere!
However Common Everlasting Chrysocephalum apiculatum with its small clusters of brilliant-yellow papery flowers, and soft grey-green foliage, is looking quite stunning.
Also our native Pelargonium called Austral Stork’s-bill Pelargonium australe is growing well in the sanctuary.
In the wetter areas such as Moggs Creek, the tall shrub, Musk Daisy-bush Olearia argophylla is springing into flower with its large clusters of white flower-heads. I always like to look at, and feel, the silvery, hairy undersides of the long, wide leaves.
In the same area the tall shrub or small tree, Hazel Pomaderris P.aspera is ready to display its massed bunches of tiny yellow-green flowers. Many plants at this time of year are hands-and-knees jobs. If you come across the tiny white flowers of the Sweet Hound’s-tongue Cynoglossum sauveolens be sure and get down for a smell...I guarantee it will be worth the effort.
This time of year is a good time to spy plant pollinators. On a recent walk I saw a Hover Fly on the flowers of a number of low-growing plants such as the well-known pale-pink Cut-leaf daisy Brachyscome multifida. The indigenous daisy is sightly smaller and less colourful than many we grow in our gardens.
Another daisy, but white with prickly foliage, Prickly Starwort Stellaria pungens was also attracting Hover Flies, as was our yellow native Wood-sorrel Oxalis exilis.
I can’t finish without mentioning everyone’s favourite November flower Blue Pincushion Brunonia australis . The single bright-blue, circular, flower-heads or ‘pincushions’ have narrow, soft (also worth feeling) spoon-shaped pale-green leaves forming a rosette at the base of the stems.
Remember to carry ‘Flowers of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet’ on your walks…I wonder what you will see?