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As the name of this post suggests, a garden can be a diverse and thriving ecosystem, and the next posts will illustrate some of that diversity. Tetratheca thymifolia has been a very successful plant in a raised bed, never without flowers that attract a range of creatures, eg. this tiny lynx spider lurking in the beauty waiting for a meal.

Leptospermums are a rich source of nectar for many insects, every year among the first to sample the rotundifolium sweetness is an admiral butterfly.

The house is part of the ecosystem, and is utilised by many invertebrates. On the first hot day to arrive as we approach summer, tachinid flies and wasps found the coolness of the walls offered respite from the heat.

A Mistletoe Moth, Comocrus behri found the Callistemon viminalis a good nectar source.

Black-faced Perchers, Diplacodes melanopsis are regular in the garden at this time of year, and as time goes by will gradually attain their distinctive colour.

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Another spring is with us after a winter that produced a dry 7 below frost that caused significant damage to a number of shrubs. Regrowth is now getting under way, but the plants that rode it out are putting on a show. The following pictures illustrate that show with many of the subjects having special significance to the gardener. Grown from seed from a long forgotten source, this callistemon with its clear red flowers is always a reliable food source for the garden bred immature Red Wattlebirds.

Rainbow Lorikeets also get in on the act.

Many years ago when dropping down to the Avon river on a remote 4WD track, the parent of this cutting grown callistemon caught our eye on the bank.

At the Avon River Channel this rosy lilac coloured callistemon grows in company with the typical form of C. pallidus. It is a successful hardy garden shrub.

Veronica perfoliata and Veronica derwentiana are common in the higher country to the north, but the white form of the former and the blue form of the latter are special. They came from the Clearview Nursery of the late Bill Cane, an indefatigable seeker of the unusual.

Digger’s Speedwell, Veronica perfoliata, white.

Derwent Speedwell, Veronica derwentiana, blue.

Also from Clearview, the white Callistemon citrinus.

The Bulbine species bulbosa and semibarbata are local plants that are especially favoured by the pollen gathering native bees.

Bulbine bulbosa.

Bulbine semibarbata.

Three Leptospermums, the hybrid Rhiannon, rotundifolium, and macrocarpum are well worth waiting twelve months for. The nectaring  Australian Admiral would agree.

Leptospermum “Rhiannon”.

Leptospermum rotundifolium.

Leptospermum macrocarpum.

The Pale Vanilla Lily, Arthropodium milleflorum is a delightful plant, also relished by native bees.  Their pollinating exploits have, as with the Bulbines, resulted in many seedlings popping up.

Another plant loved by the honeyeaters is Eremophila maculata.

And to conclude this garden celebration, another beautiful Eremophila, “Yanna Road”

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Woolenook Native Nursery


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