Went and bought up a few more plants for the native bush area of our paddock project today. It’s going to be very wet and windy over the weekend but today was lovely and sunny, with just a bit of a breeze. So I took three hours off from work to purchase new plants and then get them in the ground. Graham came out to help me for a short while and then I continued on myself. The idea is that the rain over the weekend will well and truly water them in.
Sadly we have discovered the wallabies have been back. We found evidence of their presence in a couple of places on the ground. They’ve not been getting under the fence at their normal spot so I’ll have to walk the fence-line to find out if there’s another spot but they could be just jumping over at some spot. As a result a lorapetalum I planted two weekends ago was eaten overnight – it was fine two days ago! I’ve had to put a guard around it and I planted a new one today but put a wire guard around it, in the hope that will ward them off. Also found our new Silver Princess Eucalypt had been eaten and there are probably other things too. Seriously looking like we’re going to have to put up high fencing around some of our newly planted sections just to give the plants a chance to grow to a decent height. Currently researching the type of fencing we’ll get.
Today I put into the ground the following: Thryptomenes, two different Westringias, a White Diosma, Acacia Honey Bun, a Gingko tree – looking forward to that growing but it will be slow going, and a new Happy Wanderer Hardenbergia, which I’ve also had to put a guard around as the wallabies ate the last one. The Power Planter, as usual, made it much less work digging holes for the plants – just makes it so much easier and I don’t have to depend on my husband to do the tough work – especially if the soil is hard in places.
Below: Acacia Honey Bun. Will grow to 1.5m wide. Took less than a minute to dig the hole.
Below: White Diosma, Thryptomene ‘F.C. Payne’ and Westringia Sea Mist
Below: The new Purple Prince Lorepetalum I planted today, the one that got eaten a night or two ago and the Silver Princess that has been munched on.
Below: the new Hardenbergia Happy Wanderer which will, over time, grow over an old stump we have in the paddock. I’ve put netting over it to protect it from the wallabies – I hope! The last one is sitting next to the new one – completely void of leaves.