Been a little while since I've reported on how our paddock garden is going. We've had to stop planting since around December and have spent many evenings watering new plants. Thankfully, during January, we've had a fair amount of rain - a lot more than last year, and the highest January rainfall since we started recording it back in 2014. This has … [Read more...] about Our Paddock Garden update
Gardens for Wildlife
Three years ago we got rid of the pet sheep we had in our 3/4 acre paddock, with the vision of turning it into a garden. Two years ago we had it landscaped - it looked so different with lots of new garden beds, surrounded by pathways, and two creek beds and a billabong. We also then joined the council's Gardens for Wildlife Program. Over the … [Read more...] about Chocolate Lilies in the Paddock
If you, like me, want to encourage more birds in your garden, and other wildlife, then looking into the Gardens 4 Wildlife Program is so worthwhile. If there isn't one in your region, perhaps reach out to your local council or shire, to see if they would look at introducing it. I'm involved in the Shire of Yarra Ranges and Victoria has programs … [Read more...] about Gardens 4 Wildlife Program
Did you know today is International Bee Day? It was a blue banded bee that got me into nature photography nearly 10 years ago - after we shifted to our current home here in the Dandenong Ranges. Since then I've been learning a few things about bees but still have much to learn. Did you know there are around 1500 species of native bees in … [Read more...] about International Bee Day 20 May
But not so much for us. We're building a Garden for Wildlife Habitat and already have a variety of wild birds, possums, foxes, lizards, skinks and frogs that live here. Some birds are seasonal. We get the occasional wombat passing through - not that we've seen it, just the evidence that it has been here. Also wallabies and kangaroos visit and while … [Read more...] about Danger in the garden!