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Christmas orchids

It’s that time of the year when our Dipodium sp. indigenous terrestrial orchids begin to flower around the paddocks in the vicinity of eucalypts. The orchids pushed their way through the soil up to a month previously to appear as purple or green leafless, ‘asparagus’-like stalks. They take their time to flower after that.

Those in the photograph are possibly ‘Dipodium atropurpureum‘. I’ll get a better look at it after more flowers mature.

So many fallen leaves

No, it’s not autumn.

Summer’s early. We’ve had a run of high temperatures (up to 36°C (97°F)), and, for the past handful of months, lower than average rainfall. Trees normally lose a lot of moisture through their leaves – the act of transpiration, and in order to minimise that water loss those trees drop a number of their leaves – thus the large quantity of leaves on the ground at the moment.

That’s not the end of the story. The quantity of leaves dropped in these hot, dry conditions add to the ground fuel load. Summer storms, which have already been quite violent, bring lightning which can spark bushfires (wildfires). It could be a hazardous summer ahead.

[That’s Pippin (3yo) on the left, and Skye (5½yo) on the right, waiting patiently on our driveway while I take the photograph].