Sunday, October 28, 2012

Australian Buttercups at Jarowair - October 2012

The bright yellow Australian Buttercups are in bloom at Jarowair again this Spring.  The Australian Buttercup or Common Buttercup (Ranunculus lappaceus) can currently be found in only two separate areas at Jarowair.  J.G. 

Australian Buttercup Plant.
Australian Buttercups at Jarowair, Oct 2012

Yellow Rush Lily - Spring 2012

In Spring 2011, the Yellow Rush Lily (Tricoryne elatior) first showed its beautiful flowers in only one location at Jarowair.  This year I have been watching with interest as this plant's beautiful flowers open in the afternoon's over October.  I have been thrilled this spring, to discover the Yellow Rush Lily in many other different locations at Jarowair (mostly rocky areas).  J.G.

Yellow Rush Lily (Tricoryne elatior) at Jarowair, 26/10/12

Paroo Lily - My All Time Favourite Wildflower at Jarowair - Oct 2012

In 2011 while I was in hospital, Brendon sent me a photo of a new "wildflower" he had found flowering at Jarowair. It was absolutely stunning and unfortunately by the time I returned home it had finished flowering and I missed out on seeing its beautiful display. I however found one more plant in flower at our patch (see Previous Post) and was thrilled to witness its bell drop flowers in a stunning purple and yellow.

This year I had been keeping watch on the Paroo Lily (that I missed flowering last year). It was almost ready to flower when overnight something sadly lopped and ate the whole stem of flowers - much to my utter dissapointment! The lily has since grown a new stem of flowers and I have proceeded to put some mesh around the plant to protect it until it flowers so I can witness its beauty.

This week, I have been thrilled (as only a plant nerd can be) to find a new small patch of Paroo Lilys at our patch that had almost finished flowering, and then to find another large patch of thick flowering Paroo Lilys on Friday. These beautiful Lilys only seem to open their flowers in mid-afternoon and then close up again by dusk, because of this, their delicate flowers can be easy to miss. This Beautiful Lily, also known as the Blue Flax Lily or Blueberry Lily, is definately my alltime favourite plant and flower at Jarowair. It is absolutley breathtaking. J.G.

Paroo Lily mid-morning, lily buds all closed up.

Same Lily Plant, afternoon abt 4.00pm. Many Buds have opened displaying the magnificent flowers.

Paroo Lily at Jarowair Oct 2012

Paroo Lily at Jarowair Oct 2012.
(Dianella caerulea, commonly known as the Blue flax-lily, blueberry lily, or paroo lily, is a perennial herb of the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae, found across the eastern states of Australia and Tasmania. It is a herbaceous strappy perennial plant to a metre high, with dark green blade-like leaves to 70 cm long. Blue flowers in spring and summer are followed by indigo-coloured berries) Source: HERE

Bulbine Lily in Bloom Spring 2012- 26 Oct 2012

The Bulbine Lily (Bulbine Bulbosa) common names including Bulbine Lily, Wild Onion, Golden Lily, Leek Lily, Yellow Onion Weed and Native Leek. Aboriginal names for B. bulbosa include "Parm", "Puewan" and "Pike".

This attractive lily is located in two separate areas at Jarowair and has just started to flower.  See Previous posts from 2011 on what the plant looks like prior to flowering.  J.G.

Flowering Bulbine Lily at Jarowair, October 2012.
Information Source:  AGNBC

Yellow Buttons - Wildflowers 26 October 2012

"Yellow Buttons" Chrysocephalum apiculatum (sold as Helichrysum ramosissimum)

This Spring, the wildflowers are not as prominent as they were in 2011 after the January Rain.  However there are still flowers to be seen.  The Yellow Buttons are a pretty little plant, low to the ground and seem to grow well in very dry areas.  J.G.

Yellow Buttons at Jarowair Oct 2012

{Small, suckering herb. It has silvery or greyish, hairy leaves and clusters of bright yellow flower heads on stems to 15cm long. Flowers are produced in spring, summer and other times throughout the year.}  Source:  Burkes Backyard

Dainty Green Tree-Frog at Night 27/10/12

These Dainty Green Tree Frogs that inhabit our pond garden area are the masters of camouflage.  They can change their appearance easily to suit whatever plant or object they are sitting on.  This photo was taken last night of the same frog and it looked remarkably different on this large tropical leaf at night compared to how it looks usually during the day. J.G.

Dainty Green Tree Frog 27/10/12

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo emerges from a Hollow 25/10/12

Over the last few days I have seen either a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo or a Little Corella emerging from this large hollow in a gum tree just up the road from the entrance to our patch.  On this day, I  happenned to have my camera and the timing was just right to see this cockatoo poping its headout of the hollow.  J.G.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo 25/10/12

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lycid Beetle - October 2012

These Lycid Beetles have been prominent over the last few weeks at Jarowair.  They are a facinating looking beetle with their broad serrated antennae and orange/brown colourings.  This photo was taken on a Yukka plant in the house garden, but they are prolific in the vegetable garden and almost everywhere really. J.G.
Lycid Beetle - Jarowair, Oct 2012.

Like A Moth to a Flame

I took these photos of an enormous amount of moths at our outside light a few nights ago... they looked spectacular.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rainbow Lorikeet

"Spike" my hand-raised rescuee Rainbow Lorikeet

King Quail's are nesting

We have two King Quails in our large bird aviary for rehabilitating birds. The quails have made three nests in the last few weeks.  The first nest (shown below) with three eggs, one nest with one egg and the most recent nest has six eggs. J.G.

King Quail Eggs