In the south west of Western Australia almost eighty percent of the natural plant species are found nowhere else on the earth! To be recognised as a hotspot the region must contain at least 1500 species of endemic vascular plants. (www.australiassouthwest.com) There are many walks around Greenbushes including the conservation area where many of these plants can be found. In August there is the Winter Weekend in Greenbushes Wattle Walk that is a guided walk pointing out the flowering wattles as well as other plants of the area including Brown Boronia a beautifully scented plant. August to October are great times for viewing the wattles of the area. Most of the native wattles of the area are the smaller forms and there are many varieties. In September October purple Hardenbergia comptoniana and acacias (wattles) flower together and combine to form a lovely colourful sight that can be seen along most road sides in the area.
In November during the Festival of Gardens there are guided walks in and around Bridgetown looking at the local flora. These walks are well worth attending for those interested in native plants. We sometimes see Angus formally of Gardening Australia checking out our native flora, especially the kangaroo paw his passion. In the spring the orchids are wonderful and some of the smaller varieties can be difficult to find but well worth the time and effort. There are also the locally known snotty gobble that is an indigenous plant whose fruit can be eaten when ripe. We are lucky to have these plants at BlueSky Retreat in our wildflower walk as some are difficult to grow. We are also converting an old soak dam into a large frog pond and planting indigenous flora to attract frogs and small birds to the pond.
Come and visit us for a guided or self tour for a sample of the flora of the South West.