Suddenly the capeweed is in flower and the lupins are heading skywards. Over the years we have been slashing the grove, the areas of lupins have reduced. At one stage we couldn't see the growing trees for the massive lupins, and I did a lot of hand weeding, which worked all right while the lupins were small and tender. Mature lupins however, are a different matter. They are hard to pull and very very scratchy. The capeweed (which we called dandelion when we were kids) is not really a problem. It is a great source of protein for bees. It does seem to have a symbiotic relationship with the nasty weed broomrape, but I figure it holds down the soil and contributes to biomass, as it is one of few plants which relish our miserable light sandy soil.
Swan River Myrtle
introduced kangaroo paws
During spring I sneak off to the 'bush block', which is 14 acres of remnant bush mixed with some parkland clearing. If you look at the right time, you can find all sorts of wildflowers. Later in the season I should be able to find enamel orchids, Blue ladies and spider orchids, if I am lucky. We have no natural kangaroo paws, though we have the related conostylus. However, two years ago the local council (Mandurah) gave me a grant to fence a 10 metre square area, and a selection of indigenous plants. A lot didn't survive, but the kangaroo paws have grown enthusiastically.