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U3A Writing: Looking For Orchids

..."Watch where you're putting your feet" is the criteria in the search for the elusive native orchid. When one is found there is a feeling of awe that such a remarkable, delicate flower can be found growing in the hostile environment of the Australian bush...

Maureen Foreman and her family are enthusiastic plant hunters.

Did you know that even in the plainest of landscapes there are many surprises?

Even in our arid Mallee region there are many plants to find if you can spare the time to look.

On a journey with my husband and our young children some years ago, we stopped for a cup of tea at a roadside stop near Hattah. The weather was boiling and the children restless, so we ventured into the nearby bush to stretch our legs and use up some energy.

We couldn't help noticing little shrubs and bushes covered with flowers. Mint Bushes, Egg and Bacon plants. Clematis, and others with masses of tiny petals, unnoticed by motorists travelling at high speed on the highway.

As we criss-crossed the surrounding area we each gave shouts of joy at finding a different specimen.

We finally had to restrain our enthusiasm and return to the car to continue on our way.

Many a roadside garden has attracted our attention since that day. Australian native plant books now grace our book shelves and Erimophilla and Grevillea are words that roll off the tongue when we talk of our treks to discover new treasures waiting on the side of the road.

We have taken many trips to the Sunset Country, some to the Grampians, and even a trip to Western Australia to find as many native orchids as we could. So far we have found only thirty four.

"Watch where you're putting your feet" is the criteria in the search for the elusive native orchid. When one is found there is a feeling of awe that such a remarkable, delicate flower can be found growing in the hostile environment of the Australian bush.

Not finding an orchid is very disappointing, but there is always something else to find, depending on the time of year and the season.

I hope there will be more trips to find the elusive native orchid and to enjoy the display that nature provides when the time is right.

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