|The Darebin Creek Trail runs through the centre of the park and provides shared trail access through to Bundoora Park 10km to the north.
|Viola odorata, the common sweet violet can be found flowering in great profusion at this time in some parts of the Parklands.
|“The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.” Therese of Lisieux
|Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) is dreaded by gardeners as it is quite invasive and can take over the garden. However, its display of bright yellow flowers in Spring is a welcome sight (at least in someone else's garden!).
|The three-cornered leek (Allium triquetrum) is another invasive weed that can carpet large areas very quickly because of its rapidly germinating seeds that quickly a dense clump of leaves and flowers.
|A shelf fungus growing on a rotting log. A seed has germinated there too and death gives rise ot life and more life!
|Another harbinger of Spring, the creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
|“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” - Eleanora Duse
|A garden escapee, this Aeonium holochrysum looks spectacular as it grows on a steep bank of the Darebin Creek.
|It has been a good year for all the native flowers this year as it was a wet Autumn and Winter. This is the best time for enjoying them in their prime.
|The banksias are flowers hard to miss. Especially these large, showy blooms shining forth amongst the foliage like festive candles. This is Banksia ericifolia, the Heath-leaved Banksia.
|The Proteaceae is a family of flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere. The family comprises about 80 genera with about 1600 species. These are 'Leucadendron Safari Sunset', which are long-lasting and interesting flowers.
|These Hebe × franciscana are a New Zealand native that grow very well across most of Australia. They have dark green glossy leaves and beautiful mauve flowers that brighten up dark corners of the garden.
|You know that Spring is arriving when the jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) starts to fill the garden with its heady perfume. These are the first open flowers amongst the crowds of burgeoning buds.
|For many people Spring is characterised by the blossoming of the fruit trees, whose abundance of delicate blooms gladdens the bare branches and promise a rich harvest of fruit later on. This our neighbours' flowering apricot tree.
|This is the Virgin's Bower or Wild Clematis (Clematis virginiana). Its long climbing stems festoon every available prop and the bounty of off-white, fragrant flowers create a stunning display.
|The magnificent flowers of the pink magnolia ( Magnolia liliiflora) are a sure sign that Spring has arrived, carrying with it a cloud of fragrances and a host of colours.