It’s early Spring, with just a touch more warmth than we’ve experienced since late May.
In the bush the first of the wildflowers are starting to appear, including the orchids. Cyanicula caerulea used to be Caladenia caerulea, but a change of scientific name means that this is now the only species in this family to be found in the eastern states. The remaining members, about a dozen in all, are restricted to Western Australia. This lovely orchid is still commonly known as the Blue Caladenia, in a nod to past nomenclature.
Leopard Orchids Diuris pardina appear to be flowering a little earlier this year than the past few years – somewhat surprising as it seems to have been a bitterly cold winter.
Early Nancy Wurmbea dioica really is a harbinger of Spring – its been flowering for a few weeks now and will continue to do so until late September.