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We hope you all have a safe and relaxing festive season, with delicious food and fantastic friends & family.

We will be taking a short break to relax and catch-up on life.  It has been a crazy year balancing teaching, 3 beautiful kids and Moo Woo BUT we have had an absolute hoot! We are looking forward to an even bigger and better year in 2012!

See you then  xx

Kellie Jackson

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After the rains, the wildflowers come. The rusty Kimberley soil almost transforms; the contrast stark – from sandy desolation to a carpet of colour.

Western Australia is home to around 12,000 species of wildflowers, many of them native. Nearly all year round, except for the wet season, an amazing variety of around 2,000 of these species sprinkle the Kimberley Region’s landscapes. It’s not hard to see why WA is known as the wildflower state.

Many of the wildflowers in this region are unique.

The spectacular Ondinea Purpurea which are found in creek beds mostly in North Western Kimberley, and look a little like water lilies.

Kimberley Wildflowers
Borrowed from www.keys.lucidcentral.org 

The Kimberley Rose is not actually related to the rose at all.  It’s striking star shape and vivid colour catches the eye as they bloom during the dry mid-year.  They flower in clusters and glow against the blue skies.

kununurra, wa
photo borrowed from www.plantbroome.com.au

A number of acacias are native to the area. For example, the Acacia Maconochieana which is usually found on sandy shores e.g. Lake Gregory, and the Acacia Paula, a low shrub from the Mitchell Plateau.

Another type of acacia is the Acacia Argyrea, or the Silver Wattle, usually found in Central and East Kimberley:

Kununurra, WA, Kimberley Wildflowers
borrowed from www.plantbroome.com.au

The Kimberley region is the home of several species of rare grevillea including the Grevillea Cunninghamii.  The delicate red blooms nestle in behind leaves with prickly, pointy edges like teeth.

Kimberley Wild Flowers
borrowed from www.plantbroome.com.au

And don’t forget the Bush Tomato. It is part of the tomato family, but just look at the colour of its flowers.  Only 6 species of the bush tomato produce edible fruit.

Kimberley Wild flowers
borrowed from www.plantbroome.com.au

Other wildflowers dotted around the Kimberley region include mulla mulla, capparis-umbonata, cleome and the wild hibiscus just to name a few. Visit Plant Broome to see some stunning photos of these wildflowers.

As if there wasn’t already a lot to see and do here, spotting some of the wildflowers is another item to add to the Kimberley ‘must see’ list.

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