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May: Wild Flowers – Seaside

Succulent pink flower

Succulent pink flower

Last Sunday (22 May) seems to have been summer’s last gasp in Sydney — it was a day of blue skies and warm sun, a high of 25C, but a cool edge to the wind that warned of the coming winter (and, oh my, winter hit with a vengeance on Monday!). Determined to make the most of the day, I walked the two blocks from my apartment to Botany Bay and then headed north along the beach, camera at the ready and on the lookout for wild flowers.

As usual, I have no idea what this is but the plant is ubiquitous along the coast.

As usual, I have no idea what this is but the plant is ubiquitous along the coast.

As before, but a wider view. (The white posts hold up the shark net for a swimming enclosure.)

As before, but a wider view. (The white posts hold up the shark net for a swimming enclosure.)

Here are two shots of another flowering plant that seems happy to grow in sand dunes beside the sea.

It's small, it's mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It’s small, it’s mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It's small, it's mauve/purple, it grows in sand.

It’s small, it’s mauve/purple, it grows in sand.


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6 thoughts on “May: Wild Flowers – Seaside

  1. I love discovering flowers on the beach – the yellow one looks like a Gazania, but I don’t know the mauve one. Tough little blighters 🙂

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  2. Yes..ice plants..I was in California at..a light house..Crescent City..and these flowers had naturalized all along the shore edging out the native species. It was a stunning show of pink. I wonder what was there before these were imported.

    Your photos are lovely btw.

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