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The Flax (Harakeke) & The Drunken Tui

Most days when we walk along the river there is always a fluttering of tui around the flax plants.  Watching the tui balance itself just quick enough to dart from frond to frond is quite impressive.   223 more words

Macro Photography

For Late-Season Blooms, Think Ironweed

New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) has always been a volunteer wildflower on my floodplain. That’s the native habitat for this passionately purple wildflower. This year when we built a new pollinator flower bed, I had an excuse to plant more ironweed. 417 more words

Piedmont Gardening

Cinematic of Moggill Haven For Sale

We first bought this property because of its natural beauty.

Over 13 years we have worked to re-establish bushland along the river frontage and to create dense gardens around the two houses. 481 more words

Diary: Rain And Planting And Observations Of Wildlife

Week 43 Save the Tasmanian Devil (Australia)

“Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o’ th’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”

Macbeth, 1605

When Lady Macbeth spoke of ‘the Milke of humane kindnesse’, she was referring to benevolence or compassion.

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Week 40 Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage (South Africa)

-Yordanos Haile-Michael, survivor and inspiration. (Women’s Weekly, October 2016)

Her story is featured in the soon to be released Australian film:

“The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe”

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Damsels and Dragons

Dragonflies are among the fastest and most agile flying insects. Together with damselflies, they belong to the order Odonata. Worldwide over 6,000 species exist, of which 320 species are known to live in Australia. 3,121 more words


Contextualizing Our Native Environment

I know that many of my readers are, like me, dedicated long-time gardeners. We speak fair botanical Latin. We know what we mean when we say “part sun,” or “drought-resistant.” 874 more words

Piedmont Gardening