A particular aim for one of the chapters of my PhD is to answer the question: Are plants flowering in Sydney earlier than they did in the past, due to warming air temperatures? The fieldwork that I get to undertake for this chapter is really cool! It involves weekly observations of flowering time across 40 plant species in the Sydney region. It has been a retreat away from my desk each week spent out in the bush looking at amazing flowers.
I want to post the collection of wildflower photos that I took in the Sydney region for two reasons. Firstly, they are beautiful and form an integral part of my PhD in working out whether our plants are responding to climate change. Secondly, there are more than 4 million people living in Sydney and green spaces and natural areas in our city are declining. I’m hoping this blog is way to connect more people to the native flowers around them and perhaps spend more time out in national parks or natural areas looking out for our native wildflowers too.
All photos are taken in Ku-ring-gai National Park, Lane Cove National Park and Wallumatta Nature Reserve from July 2017-January 2018. All photos have been taken on my iPhone so please excuse the poor quality at times! These photos are by no means an extensive list of all the species in Sydney, just a few that caught my eye at the time.