Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Heavens Opened Their Doors and the Rains Fell to Earth.

The last twenty four hours have seen over 25 points of well received rain over our dry water restricted earth. Christmas is only four days away and the rain is for me a blessing in disguise. Yes we have high winds as I type and more rain on the horizon however the benefit of the rain is noticed almost immediately in the garden and around the house. The dust has settled and the plants are already showing an improvement in their appearances. It has been water restrictions for the garden for some time now and bucketing of water through the week with only the use of a hose or sprinkler allowed for a few hours on one day of the weekend has seen such a drop in the standard of the garden here. I have large trees and they will always take the moisture from the smaller shrubs growing near or under them. I would not be without the trees and if a plant can not survive the lack of water then I usually loose it and try to find something more drought tolerant to plant in its place. Today I did a quick photo session around the flowers and plants in the garden and took some photos of the happy plants and flowers as they held the precious raindrops close to their flowers and leaves. The first photo is of my little garden buddy Asha-Lea and the young hand reared pet cockatiel called Squrt.


Milli 2007

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Sharing some of My Spring Garden Here.

Sharing more Spring with you from my garden.
Callistemon Viminalas.
Also known as the Bottlebrush Tree.

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  • Captain Cook - medium shrub to about 2 metres; bright red brushes
    C.viminalis is probably the most widely cultivated of all bottlebrushes - only C.citrinus would challenge that status. The species and its cultivars are widely planted in Australia and overseas.
    The weeping bottlebrush is typically a small tree with pendulous foliage although some forms are more pendulous than others. It reaches a height of about 10 metres in its natural habitat but is usually smaller in cultivation, particularly in temperate areas where it is an attractive and reliable small tree for street planting.
    The brushes are usually about 70 mm long by 50 mm diameter, bright red in colour and are usually seen in spring and sometimes in autumn.
    In the wild, C.viminalis is found along watercourses and it performs best in cultivation if a reliable water supply is available. Once established, however, it is able to tolerate extended dry periods. The plant performs best in medium to heavy soils and can tolerate less than perfect drainage but may be damaged by moderate to heavy frost. It responds to annual fertilising after flowering. Although the plant will respond to pruning, this can have the effect of destroying the weeping habit.



  • What can you spy up in the tree?

    Look very carefully and you will see a Rainbow Lorikeet. See the colour there on the branches on the right? That is one from a flock that greet us in the mornings with their Spring Calls. Throughout the day there is always a pair to be found in the Eucalyptus tree in the garden, this species of gum, is called an Argyle Apple.
    The lorikeets are definately attracted to the bottle brush tree sitting close to the big gum in the front garden. The bottle brush being smaller does not offer the protection like the big gum and these beautiful birds appreciate the safety of a high vantage point.

    The two photos of the birds are taken as they devoured apples from my apple tree.

    Click image to enlarge the bird.
    Rainbow lorikeets
    Click here to hear the sounds these birds make.
    Fact sheet information on the Rainbow Lorikeets.