Blooming beautiful

Jason Barrow at ECU Joondalup with everlasting daisies.
Jason Barrow at ECU Joondalup with everlasting daisies.

Djilba season ” August-September ” is the time to look for the mass of yellow and cream flowers starting to bloom.

They can be easily seen along the Mitchell Freeway. Around the Joondalup area, the Geraldton wax is also in full bloom.

Djilba should see the warm conditions continuing, accompanied with some good patches of rain that will trigger many fish species to start their spawning cycles.

With some bird species choosing to breed so early, it is likely that some will have two (and in some cases three) clutches of eggs this year.

Like many animals looking after their new babies very early this year, be mindful of your surroundings to avoid being swooped by protective koolbardies (magpies).

Flowers will be on show during Djilba and in turn, the seeds that follow. Examples of this are the red flowers from the cockies tongues (Templetoniaretusa) that can be seen along sections of Marmion Avenue and Wanneroo Road.

While some individual plants are still in full flower, others are already laden with green seedpods that will turn a blackish colour as the weather continues to warm.

Further across the South-West, a mass explosion of yellows from the wattles and acacias and creams from the parrot bush (Banksia sessilis) can be seen.

For bush walkers, it is time to seek out many orchid species. Good places to find orchids include the walk trails around Lake Joondalup and some of the car park reserves around the Joondalup ECU Campus.

The most commonly seen species are the cowslip and donkey orchids, with less common spider orchids also able to be seen if you’re patient and have a sharp eye.