Monday, 3 October 2016
For my own amusement I wanted to compare how our newish native strip is looking, compared to when we first planted it. And look - it's going great guns! I'm really happy with it - particularly the puffy cushion plants (seen at the front of the right hand picture) which I love!
In fact I like them so much I bought some more today (after I took these photos), and planted them further down the back, and I also added some more low grasses to the edges and around my creek-path.
The wallabies have eaten 5 or 6 of the plants, but as our only alternative is to put them in cages (the plants, not the wallabies), we've decided just to put up with it and enjoy what does survive.
I have also planted some mondo-grass around the 'creek' bed, which I think looks nice (left picture).
After a wet winter, some of the plants which have struggled in the last few years, like this waratah, are really thriving..
Sadly the white waratah didn't survive the previous hot dry summer, so it's gone. The Magnolia continues to do ok (although it flowers about a month after all the other neighbourhood magnolias have - a symptom of our lower sunlight and terrible clay soil!)
It's always worth the wait though.