Spending a couple of weeks house sitting for Terry at Birchmont. Here are some pictures from the thriving native garden here. We first planted the "Oz Garden" three years ago, and it is looking stunning. Here's how it looked at the start, straight after planting and now, 3 years on...wow! Regular pruning, watering and... Continue Reading →
After three years we sold the house at Tuart Road. Here are some pictures, taken right at the end, paired up with those from when we first bought the place. It changed a bit. Sad to leave it, but the neighbours from hell had moved in next door, and really, who needs it?
Biodiversity hotspot. Home to over 900 plant species, many of them unique to the park. I was there in June, not the best time for flowers (apparently July to September are good). That said, there were still some beauties, and even without flowers, it's an amazing place.
Small shrub, pretty purple flower in high summer. I found them along the eastern shore of the Peel Harvey Estuary, near Point Grey and Lake McLarty. Identification was by people on the Facebook page of the Wildflower Society of WA, very knowledgeable (and friendly) group. So, Regelia. Never heard of them before. Florabase lists five... Continue Reading →
Small shrub, prolific and very appealing pink flower distributed along stems, pointy dark green leaves. Found it in flower, early-Sept, on a vacant block somewhere between Touchstone Drive and the Old Coast Rd (Dawesville), not exactly sure of the road it's off. Small patches in amongst some nice bush - eucalypts, banksia, a lot of... Continue Reading →
Pictures by Janet Ryan and courtesy of her and Terry; taken in their two year old "Oz Garden". Mostly Western Australian's, one or two exotics. Deeply mulched, fed, watered regularly. Very interesting selection of plants, especially this year's additions from of King's Park, Perth. Click the on gallery below for larger pictures and captions.
Darwinia citriodora: a delightful small shrub that seems to hedge well, certainly responds to pruning.It's more of a foliage than a flower plant, the leaves having a very nice lemon scent when crushed. I came across it in the Jarrah-Marree forests near Balingup where it has profusely self-sewn following a "controlled burn". Two years ago... Continue Reading →
Acacia pulchella in full flower on a piece of "wasteland" near Mandurah rail station. That's waste in the sense of "hasn't been developed yet". And I won't get into what I think of the current definition of "developed", let's just say I'm looking hopefully for the green shoots of a civilisation, fat chance. Anyway, Nature... Continue Reading →
Here we go, life begins at 49. Back in Mandurah...tick Living in my own home...oops, not quite, never mind... Growing plants...undaunted by "homelessness" the process begins. Thank goodness for community gardens and Men of the Trees (argh! That name...anachronism, sounded OK in 1922; times change, names, sadly sometimes don't; now welcome women.) This year I... Continue Reading →