Monday, 6 October 2014

Pine Point in Bloom in September

The COOTS (Conservation of Our Threatened Species) group should feel very pleased with their efforts over the years when they look over the reserve at Pine Point. 

The Acacia rhetinocarpa that they've focussed on are in full bloom and look very healthy. 

When you look closely at the blooms you can see they are lovely big globules of yellow made all the more startling because the plant has small leaves.

A.rhetinocarpa is an endangered plant endemic to SA so it needs our TLC in many settings. It's good to know that other people are also growing the shrub across Yorke Peninsula which helps with its conservation.

Several plants that are rare and more difficult to propagate were flowering including Olearia pannosa and Kennedia prostrata. 

A few of these plants are growing in reserves and roadside corridors but haven't worked their way into this bigger reserve so it's good the COOTS people have propagated and planted them.

Our Aust Plants Society NYP group's logo, the Pittosporum angustifolia (native apricot) has worked it's way from the roadside onto the site.

Can you find one of the locals that was scuttling along near the native apricot?

I've recently discovered if you click on the photo it will enlarge, and enable you to look at all the pics. You may see it better that way. 

The real show stopper in September was the Lasiopetalum genus.  I think I saw three species flowering magnificently and within a few metres of each other.  I've never seen them this healthy looking or this prolific.

Here is the challenge for the COOTS group, and all of us really - to turn the wild oats  and onion weed community in the especially rocky section at the top of the site into something like it was prior to white settlement.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Flowering Garden in September near Wallaroo

What an amazing garden that Coral and Rick have created. It was delightful checking out the hundreds of Aussie bushes and trees, and watching the various birds and insects flitting about. No joe blakes crossed our paths which was a relief.

So many plants were in flower and I've featured some of the wide collection of eremophilas in this post. I'm not confident to give any of their names.  Help is needed!!!!

My favourites are ones that have two displays because the colourful bracts at the base of the flowers remain when the flowers are finished.  Is there a technical term for this?  

Then there are the numerous eremophilas that have spotted flowers. Are they all E.maculata?

Some of the bushes were covered in a profusion of dainty little blooms........

 .......and others had equally dainty blooms, just few of them.

And have you noticed the foliage on the shrubs?  This one would make you think it's a eucalypt. 

Hang on ....this is a eucalypt.

There was an abundance of plants blooming around the garden. Hope you like this selection as much as I do.

C and R. you have created a marvel.  Thanks for letting us share in it.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Flowering in August at Rocky Bend

A team of enthusiasts visited Rocky Bend south of Moonta to check out what was flowering on the reserve. What an enchanting time we had. At least 25 species ranging from tiny herbaceous plants to spreading mallees and trees, including the leafless cherry, were in flower .

The most common flowering plant was Cryptandra amara with the small shrubs making a lovely display.

The Lasiopetalum baueri - slender velvet bushes - were the most vigorous I've seen in the bush. The bush sometimes look straggly and dull, and the beautiful flowers hang down, hiding their beauty.

I'd not noticed Dodonaea hexandra defore - horned hop-bush - it being a small twiggy shrub reaching about 0.5m. The plant was no longer in flower, what we were seeing were the brightly coloured fruit capsules. There were only a few of the plants bearing the fruit and I'll be keeping an eye out for them in future.

The orchids, lily and sundew families were exciting to find.  Diuris - donkey orchid - were flowering, sometimes in groups and sometimes singly. This photo (and the  Lasiopetalum) was taken by David as you can see by the brilliant quality.

And who is this tiny butterfly / moth so well camouflaged among the lichen and pebbles?

Being a roadside reserve, there were possibly 25 species of weeds were flowering as well as all the delightful Aussie plants.  Some of us spent a bit of time pulling out weeds. Maybe we should get out there in a systematic way, while accepting that it will be a constant battle.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Billy Buttons surrounded

There's really been some development around Sandra's Pycnosurus globulosus - billy buttons  - in her garden in Kadina. 
The photo  on the left was taken in January.
It is now surrounded by everlastings - Bracteantha sp -the everlastings just love the gravel mulch.

The picture reminds me of a delightful scene in the Bogong High Plains. The paper daisies there were yellow with orange centre, similar to, or the same species as the ones in Sandra's garden.   It's marvellous that such a scene can be reproduced in limestoney, hot Yorke Peninsula

Sunday, 10 August 2014

August meeting in Kadina

Our NYP meeting on Thursday 14th was most interesting despite our invited speaker being unable to attend at the last minute.

Some of us had questions about suitable plants for our gardens and got some good advice. Lots more grevilleas and eremophilas are likely to be planted.

I wonder what will thrive in gaps in a paved walkway.  The spaces will get lots of summer sun, so the plants will need to be very tough. What do you reckon would be good? 

The conversation about conservation and growing local vulnerable endangered species will hopefully produce some more action on our parts. It will be interesting to identify some of the plants on our walk through Rocky Bend on Thursday morning. 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

She-oaks and selective hares.

We have planted maybe 100  she-oaks (Allocasuarina verticillata) at the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) centre between Kadina and Wallaroo. They've had a very chequered time trying to grow because the hares seem to think we've planted the trees just for them.  Grrr.

The odd thing is - they gnaw away at some of the seedlings. (This poor specimen is only 0.5m high and has very few green shoots left)   ........

............ yet leave others just a few metres away completely alone.

These trees are 1.5m and show no sign of being nibbled, not even the new shoots.

I s'pose the good thing is - they leave approx. half of the she-oaks alone.  Some of them have grown to over 2m in three years and look splendid. 

We're putting tree guards back around the nibbled trees and will leave the guards on for a few years in the hope they will recover.

The hares, or possibly rabbits, have eaten lots of Dodonaea hexandra (hop bush) but seem to have no appetite for acacias, melaleucas  and eucalypts. Thank heavens, cos there seem to be more rabbits and gigantic hares about than several years ago.

Another odd thing about the hares is that they appear to have been nibbling the trees over winter when there is perfectly good grass all around the place.  Can understand them being desperate in summer when there isn't a blade of grass about, but in winter???? What is it with these hares????

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Butterfly delight

Jan White reports a delightful time in her garden.
"A short sunny  break in an otherwise cloudy  morning, brought a very pretty butterfly  to my lavender garden. I discovered it was a yellow admiral, one I had not seen before.
After a quick dash to the house to get my camera, I was fortunate in that the butterfly was still very intent on feeding on the nectar, allowing me to get several shots with the camera set on Super Macro. It was a very pleasurable and wonderful moment.
Photographed with an OLYMPUS STYLUS 100EE camera on July 9th 2014."
Jan's garden has a lovely range of Aussies, but this butterfly chose to feed on the exotic lavender. Shan't hold it against the wonderful visitor. I'm watching my lavender patch more closely in the hope of such a visitation.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Flowering in July cont'd Victoria Park Moonta

When I walked in the park in June the only species I saw flowering (beside the weeds!!) was the Piitosporum angustifolia, our group's floral emblem.   
The walk today was delightful with some bushes and trees beginning to flower.

Do you know what this is?  The small white flowers are bell shaped, 5 petals and the leaves are sparse and firm. The small bushes are spread all around the park.

  Thanks experts. This plant is Cryptandra amara. 

Two species of wattles were bursting out. 
This prickly Acacia spinescens may well have been part of the 'impenetrable scrub' that gave Moonta its name.

 Acacia  pycnantha looked so cheerful. The grove of  golden wattle near McCauley Park also looks delightful at the moment and will continue for about a month.

I have yet to find out what this shrub is. It has very small yellow flowers with 4 petals. It could be a pimelea (rice flower) but it grows to over 1 m. Any ideas???

  And this is Pimelea serpyllifolia.   

It's getting very interesting at fairy garden level. My grand-daughter comes here to hunt for orchids and tiny toadstools.

Wurmbea dioca are up and plants are spread over a good area of the park.

And the dwarf greenhood grows in the moss, along with tiny toadstools.  I think the greenhoods are Linguella sp.???  

There are lots of leaves of other orchids, so I'm looking forward to seeing the flowers soon.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Flowering in Moonta in July

I've just taken a short walk around my garden to see what's in flower in mid-winter. It WAS a short walk cos it's cold and miserable outside. There are many plants coping with the wind and rain and flowering beautifully. 

Some plants have been flowering for a few months, eg Acacia iteaphylla (Flinders ranges wattle), Pandora jasminoides, Dodonea viscosa (purple hop bush), Chrysocephalum apiculatum (golden everlasting) and plenty of eremophilas and grevilleas. It's been lovely watching the various correas. The bells hang so gracefully and the honey eaters keep us entertained with their acrobatics while they take the nectar from the plants.

Some new flowers have emerged to brighten the garden. Please correct me if I have the names wrong - I'm still learning.  I think they are called:
Oleria picridifolia

Hardenbergia violacea alba (happy wanderer)

Kennedia nigricans (black coral pea)

Eremophila brevifolia

I'll add more plants and photos asap. The cold and rough weather only lasts a day or two here.
I hope I'll get to a couple of conservation reserves, including Agery and Pine Point, and community projects to check them out as well.

What's flowering in your garden?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Floral Design - our July meeting

Kathlyn intrigued us with her presentation on Floral Design at our July meeting. The Kadina Show is coming up in August and we are trying to encourage people to exhibit in the Aus plants section of the floral arrangement competition.  So Kathlyn presented ways we could make items for the different kinds of entries.  We now have a very high benchmark for our entries.

This is one clever lady!


Friday, 27 June 2014

May Trail

In May a group of us went to Adelaide for the weekend to check some very captivating projects:
  • The new water conservation, wetland scheme and the Auss section in the Botanic Gardens
  • The wetland project at Salisbury -stacks of fairy wrens chirruping around
  • The mangrove board walk at St Kilda.
I'd add photos but I just can't get them to upload.  grrr

Our next group outings are in September when many flowers will be in bloom. We plan to wander along the Ninnes Bullock Trail -who knows what we'll find -  and the following weekend we'll be heading north to the Wirrabara forest to hopefully see lots of recovery from the last two years of bush fires.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Think we might be making a difference..............................some a year ago and May 2014.
Thanks to the District Council Copper Coast for the grant to buy this shed.
It even has tools in it now, so there's no longer the need to bring your own tools to help maintain the grounds. 
Come along on the morning of the first Tuesday of the month if you want to join in. 
Hmm...Can't work out why some of these comparison photos will line up next to each other, and why some won't.  Any ideas?

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Floral Art Workshop

A small group of APS NYP members gathered at a Floral Art Workshop this week.  This session was held by another member of our group who is a very talented floral artist.  Here are a couple of pictures of the results from this session.