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janinerSun, 17/09/2017 - 9:19pm

The weather is warming up and the Cove has burst into bloom. Have a look at the website gallery for pictures of some of the wild flowers currently out in the bush. Earlier this week we had a good look along the tracks north of the village towards Bulga Creek. There are stacks of small bushes with flowers out in bloom, lots of yellow peas, purple boronias and white tea trees to name just a few. There are also quite a few orchids.

White Lady Finger Orchid
janinerSun, 26/07/2015 - 6:07pm

Lady Finger Orchids (caladenia catenata) have been in flower in the Cove since April. The plants are about 15cm tall and there is usually a single flower on a single stem. The flowers are white with a yellow tipped labellum. The plants are deciduous and die back to the ground in summer.

If you wish to see these plants, they can occasionally be seen along the bush tracks in the Cove. There are also quite a few on the western side of Cove Boulevarde south of Point Circuit.

There are also some pale pink orchids which are probably...

Hardenbergia violaceadougkSun, 27/11/2011 - 10:29am
purple coral pea

After building our house in 2009 much of the landscape around the house was fairly barren and we made many trips to nurseries acquiring plants to fill out the garden. One of the Australian natives we planted was the purple coral pea - hardenbergia violacea . That specimen has so far struggled to survive let alone flower in some of the heavy clay soil exposed during the building. However ...

Over the past winter season we left the roadside bank unmolested by mowers and line trimmers. When spring came around, emerging amongst the weeds and grass were several self-sown...

Burchardia umbellatadougkSun, 13/11/2011 - 2:12pm
Milkmaid flower

Walking through the North Arm Cove bush is spring is a delight with wildflowers everywhere. Purple flags abound. native orchids, flax lilies, travellers joy, leptospermum polygalifolium, a great many varieties of pea flower plus so many more flowers add their splash of colour to the bush. Pictured here are burchardia umbellata (milkmaids) and calandenia catenata (Lady Finger Orchid). These were found in the northern part of the Cove.

Have you some good wildflower photos from the North Arm Cove bush? Why not submit an article including a couple of your photos.

You can click on these pictures here...

Dimorphotheca ecklonisdougkThu, 10/11/2011 - 12:00am
Purple daisy

Amongst the wonderful wildflowers to be found in our bush are some less desirable imports: Sadly, you may encounter the accursed lantana. The purple daisy, Dimorphotheca (Osteospermum) ecklonis may look fine in a garden but it competes with local flora when it escapes into the bush. Fireweed may be found along roadsides and in previously cleared areas. Bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) was once seen as a saviour of sand dunes before it was recognised as a dangerous pest.

Perhaps you have identified areas of infestation from these or other weeds in our bush? Let us know what you have...

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