Back when the school was open 1908-1960 it was a wide open expanse with little to revive the outlook, and it is still much the same today - a concrete plinth in the corner of a crop paddock. What surprised me was the swathe of grape hyacinths in the gutter of the road verges. The hardy little bulbs still emerging after more than 50 years of abandonment.
|Grape hyacinths and a few capeweed daisies|
I've come across a number of bulbs that emerge each year, typically jonquils, belladonna lilies or nerines at abandoned schools and homes, and also more rarely the beautiful yellow Autumn crocus found at both Ellam (1927-1970s) and Sandsmere (1887-1951) school sites.
|A clump of Autumn crocus at Ellam|
As well as a number of perennial plants: these two were found at the older Tooan site (1882-1969) overlooking St Mary's Lake.
The site is surrounded by sugar gums, a few pines, and a herbacous plant crowding the window, and clumps of jonquils and daffodils each spring.
The newer Highway site has a mammoth flowering cacti.
Usually you can guess at the location of a school by larger plants: sugar gums, pepper trees, and strangely - cactus/cacti.
|Boyeo School has all three|
At the Miram North East school (which featured in “Mad as rabbits”, no relationship that I can see) it is a succulent that has been running amuck since 1933, constrained it would be a great pot-plant.
|Miram North East school site|
|The Lake Hindmarsh marker surrounded by an overgrown garden|