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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It’s Banksia Time

MarcusIf you’ve ever contemplated planting banksias in your garden, then I would suggest doing it now, because this is the best time of the year to plant them. The hot sticky weather of the wet-season has come to an end, and the rains are more of a welcome re-hydration for the garden than a flooding nuisance that washes away your mulch. Tropical banksias like a bit of rain, but what they don’t like is having wet feet for weeks on end.

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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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Christmas in a native garden

This article is extracted from the Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 12 No 4
(December 2004).

The focus of this article is for gardeners in tropical Australia.
However, the basic principles apply for throughout Australia
with minor modifications for local conditions.

Native gardens all across the tropics are bursting into bloom for Christmas.

Here in our Yuruga gardens we have four different native cassias in flower all at once, making a blaze of yellow and orange hues against the bright blue summer sky and a beautiful carpet of fallen petals scattered on our lawns and pathways. What an absolute delight!

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