Paula lives in the country, and is a passionate and eclectic gardener. She grows food, but will always find a spot for a new plant, seeds or cuttings. The result is a gorgeous profusion of colour and unexpected combinations.
about this blog
This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics. Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
At first glance, the garden's a sea of greens and greys. In this part of the world, flowers in a native garden tend to be more subtle than showy European flowers. They're there, but they're not exactly shouting their presence.
Other growing things are not flowering plants at all. Autumn is fungi time, especially after rain. It's a thrill to find delicate toadstools and sturdy mushrooms.
On some bark I found Physicia stellaris, a type of lichen, soft orange and green.
|Physicia stellaris - Star Rosette Lichen|
|Marasmius oreades - Fairy-ring Champignon|
Since this unidentified orange fungus is growing on a wooden step, I wonder whether it belongs to the family of Bracket, or Shelf fungi, a group of fungi identified by their growth form. On the other hand, it probably belongs to the Agaric family, since in shape it is more similar to members of that group. Fungi id. is notoriously difficult. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
The plants in the photos below are not native to Australia, but very welcome, appreciated immigrants.
|Erigeron, or Seaside Daisy|
I'm linking this post to the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day meme in Carol's popular blog, May Dream Gardens.
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Taking photos with a macro lens gives you a glimpse of the incredibly complex small organisms and the ecosystems they contain. This world that we are mostly unaware of exists at the edge, and beyond our capacity to see it and its intricate detail.
I look at this cicada shell and think about the dangers the vulnerable cicada was exposed to as it clung to the blade of grass and shed its old skin.
Monday, 13 April 2015
|Brown Thornbill - Acanthiza pusilla - from Birdlife Australia|
Some birds are carnivorous - Ravens, Kookaburras, Magpies, Tawny Frogmouths, Pied Currawongs and Butcherbirds. They'll eat mice and lizards and part of their diet includes young and small birds. That's why the butcherbird got its name!
|Grey Butcherbird - Cracticus torquatus|
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Indigenous plants in Australia have a very precise definition. They are plants that grew in a locality before European settlement, about 200 years ago. Most of these plants have disappeared. And many of the fauna that depend on these ecosystems are extinct or struggling to survive.
The argument is that the fauna evolved alongside these plants, so these plants will best attract and support indigenous wildlife - birds, butterflies, insects, spiders, frogs, mammals and reptiles.
|Clerid beetle (Eleale lepida)|
Taking photos with a macro lens gives you a glimpse of the incredibly complex small organisms and the ecosystems they contain. This worl...
At first glance, the garden's a sea of greens and greys. In this part of the world, flowers in a native garden tend to be more sub...
Part of the point of planting indigenous plants in the garden is to attract native birds. I used to think it was good to attract as many ...
Indigenous plants in Australia have a very precise definition. They are plants that grew in a locality before European settlement, abo...
Paula lives in the country, and is a passionate and eclectic gardener. She grows food, but will always find a spot for a new plant, seed...
I have decided to make a list of the plants in my garden. For too long I haven’t really respected them as individuals, vaguely seeing them ...
I've spotted a few different types of fungi growing in the garden. Yay! That shows biodiversity is increasing in the little ecosystem ...
The Australian government website Weed Identification and Information makes it easy to identify weeds. On this Most Unwanted list I found ...
This is the photo of my garden in the current guide to Australia's open gardens. It was taken last October. The foreground f...
The Duck and the Darklings is an extraordinary, unusual and special picture book, highly recommended for all ages. It's simply the...
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BLOGS
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Australian Plants Society Victoria
- Avaaz - The World in Action
- BirdLife Australia
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Eco Voice: Voice of the earth
- Encyclopedia of Life
- Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
- Landshare Australia
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Seedsavers: Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food
- Stop Factory Farming of our Pets
- Sustainable Gardening Australia
- The Nature Conservancy Australia