Restoring Native Wildlife
Did you know that in the last 200 years western Sydney has lost 20% of its native animal species? In the same period it has lost only two of its native plant species representing only 0.1% of its diversity. Fauna ecosystem services are vital to bushland health but our native…
Are You Sharing Your Garden with a Funnel-web Spider?
It is a bit disconcerting for a Kiwi, who grew up in New Zealand with no poisonous spiders apart from the very rare Katipo, to be now living in the bush side by side with one of the most venomous spiders in the world. We recently found a male Funnel-web…
Brush-turkeys are becoming a part of the suburban landscape in many areas of Sydney, maybe due to the success of the fox baiting program. These cheeky megapodes with the distinctive red head, and blue-black plumage and bright yellow throat wattle in mature males, can wreck havoc in a carefully manicured…
On the north shore of Sydney we love the bush. But growing a garden even a native one can be a challenge. Competition is intense from the wallabies, bandicoots, rabbits, rats, eastern water dragons, brush turkeys and cockatoos to name a few.
Growing the Lemon Myrtle
The Lemon Myrtle is a wonderful evergreen native tree that belongs in your garden for its amazing citrus scent. Although it naturally grows in coastal rainforest areas in Queensland and New South Wales, it has adapted well to cooler climates as long as it isn’t subject to frost when young. In its native habitat it can grow to over 20 metres (66 feet) but in cultivation it would normally only grow to 5-8 metres (16-26 feet).
Growing Kangaroo Paws
The iconic floral emblem of Western Australia, the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii) has inspired many gardeners to plant Kangaroo Paws. Their abundant nectar attracts honeyeaters and their unique flower is a great asset to your native garden.
Finger Lime Delicious
This Australian native Finger Lime Citrus australasica is one of the best kept secrets of the restaurant trade. The flesh looks like caviar and the intense bursts of lime freshness not only taste sensational but come in an array of colours ranging from intense red through to ruby pink and subtle shades of green.
Imagine Attracting the Superb Fairywren to Your Garden
Imagine a garden full of birds native to your local area such as the Superb Fairywren. The Superb Fairywren feeds mainly on insects and spiders with grasshoppers being a particular favourite. It also supplements its diet with seeds, flowers and fruit. Being a smaller bird it needs a dense understory to hide and nest in. Lawns, leaf litter and mulch are perfect to search for insects but then it needs cover close by.
Attracting the King Parrot
The Australian King Parrot forages for seeds, berries, fruit, leaf buds and nectar from trees such as the Angophora, Eucalyptus and Wattle(Acacia). It nests in deep hollows of a tree trunk where the entrance may be high in the tree (over 10m) but the eggs are in a nest of decayed wood-dust near the bottom of the tree hollow.