Kings park in spring time is something special. For those who don’t know, Kings park is a 1000 acre park on the western edge of Perths CBD, and one of the largest inner city parks in the world. Much of the park is natural bush land though there are large areas of gardens showcasing Western Australia’s diverse range of flora.
The park has numerous gardens and grassed areas, gardens are organised in a number of ways both by plant types and also by growing region and there are thousands of plant species including a garden of rare and endangered species.
The diversity of leaves on the plants are quite incredible.
There’s also a huge diversity in barks on the different plants though pictures of that will have to wait for a different time as there are just too many flowers. Spring is a special time to be visiting Kings Park and I had arrived there at about 6 in the morning in time to see the sun come up over the city and didn’t leave the park until around 2 in the afternoon and then went back the next day for a few more hours. I could have spent another couple of days there easily as I didn’t get to see all of the cultivated gardens nor any of the natural bush.
Banksia flowers are amazing, they are actually made up of hundreds and sometimes thousands of individual flowers. The image above show 2 flower buds in the background, each white piece you can see is 2 flowers waiting to push out and grow. The following image clearly shows the pairs of flower buds pushing out from the central flower spike.
But these are still only flower buds, hundreds of flowers ready to open for fertilization, below you see the flowers starting to open.
I’ll post this for now but will update it within the next couple of days, I still have many different plants and photo’s to add, grevillea, hakea, eucalypts and everlastings.
Macrocarpa meaning “large fruit”, this eucalypt has the largest flower and fruit of the eucalypt trees. This one is just breaking the cap of the flower off, look how thick it is.