Wild-flowers spreading

Wild-flowers spreading

As part of our commitment to the humble bumble and our general enjoyment of displacing grass, we have established a bunch of micro pioneer gardens. These are bubbles of hardy, self seeding, bee friendly blooms that will (hopefully) expand and spread until they join and fill the available space.
This approach of trying to passively replace grass using seed dispersing annual flowers did not work. Poppies returned for a few seasons before vanishing.
December 14, 2012

Bumblebee nest

Our efforts to create a hospitable environment for bumblebees seems to be paying off. The fuzzy little creatures can be seen on almost any of the numerous types of flowers we have spreading across the property. To top if off we discovered a nest inside the concrete block wall of the chook house and piggery.

There is a contented buzzing humming emanating from the wall and every now and then individuals can be seen bumbling in and out.
November 20, 2012
  Bumblebee  nest  hive 
Stage 1 - Trees, shrubs, ground cover and climbers

Stage 1 - Trees, shrubs, ground cover and climbers

The first part of planting is complete with over 150 new substantial, long lived plants finally in the ground.
Selected species include:
  1. Silk tree
  2. Tree Lucerne
  3. Winter Sweet
  4. European hazelnut
  5. South African tree heath (pictured)
  6. Shining gum
  7. Flowering ash
  8. Hybrid witch hazel
  9. Green flowered hellebore
  10. Golden rain tree
  11. Amur maakia
  12. Kobus magnolia
  13. Fraqgrant epaulette tree
  14. Japanese fodder willow
  15. Chinese sweet box
  16. Chinese wisteria
  17. Black Locust
August 01, 2012
Bumblebee house

Bumblebee house

I got excited and threw together this little wooden box intended to shelter bumblebees. A flap of thick rubber as a roof allows for taking a peek inside. However it turns out, as the spiders inside know, bumblebees like to find their own secretive hiding places.
September 11, 2011
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