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.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
seed pods of spring annuals end in compost
I love having drifts of spring annuals - poppies, love in the mist, forget me nots - and when they finish flowering I quite like the seed pod effect, and the resulting re-seeding for next year as they drop their seeds.
The trouble is while I am waiting for the seeds to drop the weather is getting hotter and everyone around me seems to have tucked up their garden snugly in mulch in preparation for summer.
A couple of days ago I spent a satisfying time whipping the dead plants out and piling them up in the compost heap. Then I mulched the newly revealed gaps with compost, hoping it would rain, which it did but so lightly it was negligible.
So - the garden is bracing itself for the onslaught of high temperatures and little moisture. My main hope is that it survives. If it looks good that will be an added bonus. But it certainly won't look lush.
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- Animal Rights Photography
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Australian Plants Society Victoria
- Avaaz - The World in Action
- BirdLife Australia
- Birds in Backyards
- Born Free Foundation
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Eco Voice: Voice of the earth
- Encyclopedia of Life
- Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
- Global Giving
- Gould League
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
- New Internationalist
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Seedsavers: Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food
- Stop Factory Farming of our Pets
- The Nature Conservancy Australia
- The Plant List