September is here, and we’re proudly saying, for about the zillionth time.. Spring has sprung!
With an increase in sunshine comes the fresh blooms of a new season of wildflowers – and while our antihistamine consumption has skyrocketed, if we get to enjoy these technicolour fields of fabulousness… We’ll take the sniffles and sneezes gladly.
To celebrate the arrival of wildflower season, we’ve taken a deep dive into the wonderful, amazing,
very excellent State Library of Western Australia Facebook page to check out some stunning photos of WA’s wildflowers throughout the years. Verticordia nitens, also known as Christmas Morrison, or kotyeningara, pictured along the Yeal Swamp track near Yanchep, 1956. Wildflowers growing in a salt flat at Jibberding, between 1965 and 1984. “Nature’s Showground”, The Western Mail, 1940 or 1955. A field of Sturt’s desert pea, mauve smooth Darling pea, white mulla mullas and a solanum shrub at Melrose Station, between 1965 and 1984. Sturt’s desert pea, ca. 1966. A bountiful bloom of kwongan, Hooker’s grevillea and three featherflowers: painted, Roe’s and verticordia serrata. Photographed at Holland Rocks between 1965 and 1984. The inaugural 1964 Kings Park Wildflower Exhibition, later renamed the Kings Park Wildflower Festival and now Everlasting Kings Park Festival. A frozen wildflower display at Kings Park, ca. 1962. Kings Park’s iconic pink and white everlastings, 1970s. A bush picnic in 1910, possibly near Dongara. Gathering wildflowers in Kalamunda, 1924. Gathering wildflowers in Day Dawn (near Cue), ca. 1904. All that remains of mining town Day Dawn is the heritage-listed Great Fingall Mine Office. Women collecting wildflowers on Rottnest, 1924. Some photos are available to purchase via the State Library Of WA. All photos, unless stated, via the State Library Of WA.