The beautiful Australian King Parrots19/10/2021
Citrus are delightful in the garden, except for these little insects… the Citrus Gall Wasp, 3 mm in length, a shiny, black wasp that is native to Australia. I thought pruning the gall off was the only way, but the video below by ABC Australia introduces another way- a potato peeler!
With all the work and vigilance a garden demands, sometimes it’s nice to just “slow down and smell the citrus” 😊28/09/2021
These beautiful birds often accompany the King Parrots when they visit us and feed on the ground around them for fruits and seeds. They are quite shy and are easily disturbed. The Eastern Rosella is found in open woodlands, grasslands, farmlands and remnant bushland and is often found in urban habitats such as parks, gardens and golf courses. Eastern Rosellas mate for life. The female chooses and prepares the nesting site, usually a hollow in a eucalypt tree (but will sometimes use a nest-box or other artificial site). Eggs are laid on a decayed wood bed and the female incubates the eggs while the male regularly feeds her. Ref. https://australian.museum/learn/animals/birds/eastern-rosella/
Five years ago the Rosella company in Australia unveiled a new logo with the first stocks of the company’s rebadged tomato sauce. The new logo depicts the Eastern Rosella in flight. Ref. https://www.c-store.com.au/rosella-unveils-new-logo/07/09/2021
Well, it’s certainly worth checking out a plant before discarding it. Some time ago there was a little plant sprouting randomly in the garden. The leaves were not familiar to me. It was kept and nurtured until 10cms growth then transplanted into it’s own pot. Now, about two years later the discovery is… a beautiful Winter Rose!
“Experts in the plant world grappled with distinguishing one species from another until 1989, when British botanist Brian Mathew wrote a monograph on hellebores that still stands as the definitive classification of the genus. There are approximately 20 different recognized hellebore species. Every one fits into one of Mathew’s six sections of classification.” Quote reference gardenerspath.com
So pretty! Several other Winter Roses recently photographed. Looking forward to exploring the many colours with single and double blooms now available.03/08/2021