August in Yuruga’s native gardens

Enjoying a coffee in the Yuruga gardens the other day, we were captivated by a pair of Brown Honeyeaters flitting amongst the glorious deep-red, pom-pom flowers of the Powder-puff Lilly-pillies in full bloom. Small plain birds they may be, but they have a remarkably strong sweet song. What a wonderful combination of colour, texture and birdsong, and what a beautiful plant for a shady spot in the garden.

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There’s A Honeyeater In My Orange Marmalade

MarcusWithout exaggeration, every moment of every day there are birds in my grevillea patch. At work when I look out the window I can see a nesting yellow honeyeater in a Kay Williams grevillea.  It’s amazing the life grevilleas bring to a garden.  I’m not talking about a forest of plants, just one or two are enough to attract native honey eaters when they are in flower.

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The Native Garden Diet

MarcusBeing told you should plant natives sounds a lot like you’re being told to give up junk food and switch to brussels sprouts and bran. It makes you feel like you’ll be going on a garden diet. Lush green foliage and the pretty flowers will be a thing of the past. There will be no more planting of self indulgent cordylines, hibiscus, gardenias or gingers. You’re now restricted to a gardening diet of gumtrees, paperbarks, grasstrees, and if you’re good, a grevillea or two. And you’ll have to tear up your lush green lawn so you can replace it with a nice deep layer of bush mulch with a couple of clumps of prickly Spinifex and a mandatory frog pond.

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