Good time to look out for wildflowers

ECU’s Jason Barrow says a sea of yellow can be seen at the top end of the freeway.
ECU’s Jason Barrow says a sea of yellow can be seen at the top end of the freeway.

After a warmer-than-usual Makuru season (June/July), we finally had some cooler weather. This, along with good rainfall, meant we’ve been in for some amazing wildflowers.

Great displays have included blue and purple flowers of the native wisteria and reds of the cockies tongues. Good examples of these can be found along stretches of Marmion Avenue as well as some sections of the Mitchell Freeway.

As the weather continued to stay wet and warmed a little more, we started to see the many wattles across the coastal plain burst into flower. See the top end of the freeway’s wonderful yellow.

If you have a keen eye for detail you can also expect to see the WA floral emblem, the red and green kangaroo paw, as well as masses of everlastings at the Joondalup Drive entry to ECU’s Joondalup campus.

The good rainfalls will be well received by the local fish species. It will trigger many of them to start their spawning cycles and the first hatchlings should be seen mid-season.

Many other animals will also start to look after their new babies. Lake Joondalup and the many local wetlands will be great places to see the young ones exploring with their parents.

For the avid bushwalkers it is also the time to seek out the many orchid species of the South-West that have been waiting patiently for the rains to hydrate them before they burst quickly into flower during their short-lived lives.

Some good places to explore are the walk trails around Lake Joondalup as well as many of the smaller bush reserves.

While you’re out and about, take the time to look for the many different types of fungi and their colour, size, shape, smell or location.