We found this little delight in a bag of potting mix today. I'm pretty sure it's a Southern Brown Tree Frog (Litoria ewingi).
29 November 2013
13 November 2013
A koala's life seems quite solitary. Apart from when they mate or when a mother has a baby koala they seem to spend most of their lives by themselves, sleeping, eating, moving from tree to tree in their range, not socialising at all. They avoid humans when they can; they're very cautious except, it seems, when they're climbing along, what to us would look like, twigs but they always appear to know the limits of whatever they're climbing. They're remarkably agile for what look like bulky animals but it's mainly fur and they're little balls of muscle under that fuzzy exterior. And note those claws which they seldom use in anger but they can hang on to branches in ways we would never attempt.
This koala (which we think is female) was walking along our side fence at dusk - quite a remarkable feat in itself. Then she hopped up a tree and went out on a branch which seemed far too small for her weight. After some swaying in the evening breeze, even she thought that her choice of branch wasn't optimum and she eventually descended, continued her journey along the fenceline and disappeared over the back fence.
11 November 2013
No I haven't been involved in a bloody conflict. This happens when you pick a lot of mulberries. Our old mulberry tree has had a bumper crop this year, probably because of the wet winter we had and the higher winter and spring temperatures. And, yes, it is true that you can use an unripe mulberry to remove much of the stain from hands and clothes although wearing white when picking mulberries is not recommended!
08 November 2013
The largest grevillea, Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak), has been grown in a number of gardens in past years and it provides an attractive display that honey eaters love. Unfortunately it seeds and germinates quite readily so it's not recommended for planting near natural bush areas nowadays.
07 November 2013
I don't know the specific name of this bromeliad but the bright pink flowers provide quite a display in a dark corner of the garden. Because bromeliads are epiphytic you can grow them in shady places in the garden where little else will grow, let alone flower.
05 November 2013
Tillandsias are often called air plants because, as epiphytic bromeliads, they literally grow in the air. Probably the best known tillandsia is Spanish Moss or Old Man's Beard (Tillandsia usneoides) which grows from trees in tropical forests and even hangs off power lines in some countries. At one time it was used as stuffing for automotive seats - a live plant!
Tillandsia aeranthos has larger leaves than Spanish Moss and it has colourful flowers (the flowers of Spanish Moss are insignificant). The photo below shows the complete plant. It's hanging from a hook attached to a piece of bark hanging in the shade of a birch tree. Whilst South Australia has a much drier climate than the tropical or subtropical countries from which tillandsias originate they grow quite well (if slowly) in dappled shade and an occasional sprinkling of water. In a humid greenhouse, growth can be spectacular.
04 November 2013
01 November 2013
Incidentally the refurbished dunnies are a vast improvement on the previous leaking, unhygienic bog.