I am currently doing a course from University of the Third Age Online. It is called Unleashing Your Creative Spirit. I am keen to run this Course in 2020 through our local U3A.
I have met a lot of people in early retirement who find themselves wondering what has happened to them with all the changes of no longer being in the workforce. I have noticed that lots of people, me included, have a list of project we have always wanted to do when we got the time.
Well, we have the TIME now but struggle to make these projects happen. I have been wondering why that is. Some of my projects include learning calligraphy, making personalised greeting cards, sewing (I bought a nice new but basic sewing machine) photography (I purchased a digital camera) and writing. I also like doing WordPress websites for friends.
This course is great in that it looks at what motivates us to be creative and at what situations create blockages. It emphasises that a part of creativity is actually ‘work’ and organisation. That surprised me, silly as it may sound. I had thought that being creative was purely stuff you did for fun and quite different to what we do for work.
It was a bit of a light-bulb moment when I realised the ‘work’ aspect of creativity is the main cause of my not completing my projects. A small project I am working on involves using some photos of wildflowers to create greeting cards. My first big hurdle was I didn’t know how to print the photos even though I have a modern printer. I did persevere and had success!
I feel I have learnt a lot already and I can see lots of opportunities for exploring new skills and enjoyment along the way.
I did a blog recently about the Busselton Wildflower Exhibition and my involvement in promoting the event that was held last Thursday and Friday.
Below is a gallery of most of the flowers on show at the Exhibition. There are strict rules about what flowers can be picked in the wild and the quantities allowed so as not to impact on their sustainability for future years.
I found it impossible to choose just a few! Our local Geographe Community Landcare Nursery had some native plants on sale – the bottom few photos.
South West Exhibition includes hundreds
of rare and exquisite wildflowers
Now its 94th year, Busselton
Wildflower Exhibition is gearing up to welcome local enthusiasts as well as
visitors from further afield this September. The South West corner of Western
Australia is renowned for having one of the richest and most diverse flora in
the world and attracts visitors from around the State, Australia and overseas.
Exhibition chairman Barry Oates said it was an
opportunity to see spectacular wildflowers you couldn’t see anywhere else in
the world. “It is a truly unique experience and a great way for people to
connect with part of Busselton’s community and history,” he said. In
addition, Geographe Community Landcare Nursery’s Coordinator, Rod Cary will be
onsite to assist wildflower enthusiasts to learn more about the local
varieties. Mr Oates stated that the relationship with Rod and the Nursery is
highly valued for advice on Exhibition day plus assistance with accurate naming
of the diverse range of wildflowers.
The City of Busselton has been a long-time
supporter of the exhibition. Mayor Grant Henley said the exhibition highlights
a wonderful array of native flora, rich and diverse in the South West.
“Much of the flora on display would not be experienced by any one person
at any one site, so it’s a rare and fantastic opportunity to do so,” he
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association’s Joint CEO/GM Marketing, Sharna Kearney said, “The South West region provides a rare opportunity to experience
exceptional concentrations of endemic wildflower species. You can get a close
look at a wide range of these wildflowers at the Busselton Wildflower
Exhibition as well as by getting out and about in the region.”
The exhibition is loved by locals as well as
visitors “One doesn’t have to be a gardening or wildflower expert to be
amazed at the beauty and variety of specimens on display” says Busselton
resident, Deirdre Chell. “I come back year after year and always find
something new to view or photograph” she said.
Wildflowers on display are chosen by people who have obtained licences from the Dept of Biodiversity,
Conservation and Attractions (Dept BCA) to pick wildflowers in the week of the
All pickers are conscious of the need to preserve
native flora and pick responsibly. Rare and endangered species are not picked. The
Busselton Wildflower Exhibition gives those unable to ‘go bush’ an opportunity
to see a great variety of specimens.
Australia’s South West, Chief Executive Officer
Catrin Allsop said that “Almost 80% of Australia’s South West’s plant species
cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In August through to November, more
than 8000 species of wildflowers and 300 species of delicate orchids are in
bloom, making it a popular and beautiful time to visit the region.”
Organised by the Uniting Church of Busselton,
the Wildflower Exhibition also includes the following:
display (Busselton Camera Club)
Community Landcare Nursery sales and advice
garden display (Geocatch)
Light refreshments will
be available throughout the day
Variety of stalls displaying
local produce and crafts for purchase
Bring your camera along to test your skill at capturing
the rare beauty of the flowers on show.
Place: Uniting Church Hall
and Grounds, 47 Kent Street, Busselton
Date: Thursday, 26 September and
Friday, 27 September 2019, 9am- 4pm
I am assisting in the promotion of the 94th Annual Busselton Wildflower Exhibition to be held on 26 &27 September 2019.
The Exhibition Committee and volunteers work in partnership with the Geographe Community Land-care Nursery Inc. and Coordinator, Rod Cary, a former TAFE lecturer in Margaret River. Rod’s scientific knowledge of native plant species is invaluable. He assists Exhibition volunteers with the accurate identification of wildflowers for display at the Exhibition. Rod is also available for the two days of the Exhibition to answer questions about the native plants and their requirements. Barry Oates, Chair of the Exhibition Committee, said the relationship with Rod is highly valued.
This amazing nursery is a not-for-profit community organisation, located at the Queen Elizabeth Avenue site in Busselton for the past 16 years. They look like being there for many years to come.
They are self-sufficient through plant sales for their daily requirements and they sometimes receive Government funds for special projects (a recent building was funded by the Royalties for Regions funding).
Some numbers to impress
The Nursery grows up to 90,000 plants each year.
They have around 80 volunteers with up to 60 assisting each week.
Volunteers may be retirees, people with disabilities (some with carers) and work-for-dole participants. Volunteers help each other with the tasks to be undertaken.
They have about 250 Australian native plant species available for wholesale customers plus there are around 300 species of cultivars (cultivated varieties) of native origin.
About 10% of sales are retail with the remainder of the plants sold wholesale to mining companies, local government, developers and small property owners.
Growing native plants from locally collected seeds produces much better results due to their genetic diversity – better chance of some of them surviving because of this diversity. They have had breakthroughs with a range of species.
***** I just love the wildflowers and really enjoy finding images to share!
I like to have a nice garden but it is not something that comes naturally to me. Up until recently all I had in my small, rear yard was the big, above ground garden bed, some palms and two jasmine plants.
The garden bed was really too big for the space and because it was so deep I had stopped planting vegetables and my mint, parsley and oregano started to take over. I was able to quickly sell the garden bed on Facebook but then what was I going to do with all that soil?
It is still a work in progress but I felt happy today that I had made some improvements. I now have some cherry tomato plants, some irises, marigolds, snapdragons and repotted herbs. A friend kindly gave me some lovely succulents earlier this week and I decided to use my multi-level trays just for succulents.
On Friday I went to a Wildflower Exhibition held by the Busselton Uniting Church. This was its 91st exhibition! And what a good show of flowers that had on display, including many native orchids! I couldn’t resist putting them all on display in one post :).