It is common for people to think the bush to be dry and devoid of flowers over the colder months. However, this is not the case. There are lots of Banksia/Dryandra shrubs and Acacias starting to flower at this time of year. Jolanda has found that the time of flowering has co-evolved with the needs of their pollinators and there is always something in flower. This is not a hard rule as most shrubs also flower after rain when it arrives.
Jolanda found 20 flowering plants over the three days that she travelled through the reserve. It is not a large number and was sometimes hard work (due to either the flowers being deep within the foliage, or 8 meters up in a tree, or the camera starting to play up). Jolanda is looking forward to visiting the reserve again in June, and hopes that the biting insects have lessened a bit.
Jolanda had applied for a grant to cover her travel and living expenses whilst here, but was not successful, and as a result is still seeking community support. If you want to assist or be involved in this project, please email Jolanda at email@example.com.
Article from information supplied by Jolanda Keeble
Pictured below: Banksia foliosissima