Native wildflowers in the Grampians

A few months ago I enjoyed a beautiful short holiday in the Grampians National Park, in western Victoria with my partner Tim. We were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather during our visit, which meant we could do lots of walks in the area.

Boroka lookout, Grampians National Park

It was springtime, and the native Australian wildflowers put on an amazing show for us. It's easy to overlook these tiny flowers if you're not paying attention, but I'm one of those people who loves the small, special things about a place, so I just adored seeking out the little pops of colour alongside the walking paths. I'd love to try my hand at drawing some of these tiny beauties, and perhaps even create a pattern collection inspired by them.

After the trip I did some research to try to identify as many of the wildflowers as I could. I've listed the names of the flowers in these photos at the bottom of this post.

Wildflowers of the Grampians: Hairy Correa (Correa aemula); Showy Parrot-Pea (Dillwynia sericea); Ti-Tree (Leptospermum); Pink Bells (Tetratheca ciliata)
Wildflowers of the Grampians: Bundled Guinea Flower (Hibbertia fasciculata); Common Heath (Epacrus impressa); Nodding Blue Lily (Stypandra glauca); Musky Caladenia (Caladenia moschata)
Wildflowers of the Grampians: Common Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii); Golden Everlasting Daisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum); Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata); Pale Sundew (Drosera peltata)
Wildflowers of the Grampians: Grampians Bauera (Bauera sessiliflora); Holly Grevillea (Grevillea aquifolium); Showy Bossiaea (Bossiaea cinerea); Truncate Leionema (Leionema bilobum)
Wildflowers of the Grampians: Common Flat-Pea (Platylobium obtusangulum); Dusky Fingers (Caladenia fuscata); Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos ); Horny Cone Bush (Isopogon ceratophyllus)
Wildflowers of the Grampians: Hairy Boronia (Boronia pilosa); Love Creeper (Comesperma volubile); Common Billy Button (Craspedia variabilis); Grampians Thryptomeme (Thryptomene calycina)

First image: Hairy Correa (Correa aemula); Showy Parrot-Pea (Dillwynia sericea); Ti-Tree (Leptospermum); Pink Bells (Tetratheca ciliata)

Second image: Bundled Guinea Flower (Hibbertia fasciculata); Common Heath (Epacrus impressa); Nodding Blue Lily (Stypandra glauca); Musky Caladenia (Caladenia moschata)

Third image: Common Fringe Lily (Thysanotus patersonii); Golden Everlasting Daisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum); Running Postman (Kennedia prostrata); Pale Sundew (Drosera peltata)

Fourth image: Grampians Bauera (Bauera sessiliflora); Holly Grevillea (Grevillea aquifolium); Showy Bossiaea (Bossiaea cinerea); Truncate Leionema (Leionema bilobum)

Fifth image: Common Flat-Pea (Platylobium obtusangulum); Dusky Fingers (Caladenia fuscata); Victorian Christmas Bush (Prostanthera lasianthos); Horny Cone Bush (Isopogon ceratophyllus)

Sixth image: Hairy Boronia (Boronia pilosa); Love Creeper (Comesperma volubile); Common Billy Button (Craspedia variabilis); Grampians Thryptomeme (Thryptomene calycina)

Melbourne Rare Book Week 2017

Last month one of my favourite annual events took place in Melbourne - Rare Book Week :) It's a wonderful series of free events, organised every winter, that celebrates the history of special books and book collections.

There are lots of talks, workshops and exhibitions run over the course of the week by a range of different institutions and libraries around Melbourne. Usually I can only attend evening events, but this year Rare Book Week coincided with my first free week after finishing a work contract, so I dived in and went to as many sessions as I could manage!

I adore books and it's lovely to hear stories of their history and production. I attended sessions on rare illustrated children's books, classic stories that have been given new life as comics and graphic novels, rare books that revealed the early history of Melbourne, novelty books produced in unusual shapes, and artist books from the early twentieth century Parisian art scene.

A talk at the Melbourne Athenaeum Library for Rare Book Week 2017

I think my favourite event was "Reconstructing Melbourne’s Lost Environments" at the Old Treasury Building Museum, a talk that examined Robert Hoddle’s field notebooks and other sources to uncover clues about Melbourne's natural history before settlement. I learnt about the original locations of waterways, large swamps (nowadays we would call them wetlands) that were filled in, surveys that described the extant flora in different parts of Melbourne, and the fate of Batman's Hill - now flattened underneath Southern Cross train station. I'd love to find out more about this version of Melbourne that is hidden underneath the modern city. It was also a good reminder that today's data is tomorrow's valuable historical resource!

Old Treasury Building, Melbourne