2014-10-23 Groundcover and Chillies

IMG_7523Euphorbia, Pigface, Gazania and a few succulent cuttings. This is experimental, and the goal is to see which plants spread, and which help hold the embankment together.IMG_7524Liriope and Seaside Daisy.IMG_7525 IMG_7526 IMG_7527 IMG_7530The bank, from below.IMG_7531 IMG_7532After mulching.

IMG_7533This line is mostly chillies. IMG_7534 IMG_7535The long-lived Cambuci chilli bush, which has survived frost, flood and drought. IMG_7537Gazania cuttings, intended for the embankment.

A few exotic chillies in the incubator, germinating.

An attempt to recreate the incubator’s conditions, on the cheap.

2014-10-23 Carnivores and Succulents, Interrupted…

… by birds!

Swoopy’s after me for a feed before I can even start on the plants. IMG_7478 IMG_7479 IMG_7480 IMG_7481 IMG_7482 IMG_7483 IMG_7484There’s a bit of order in the succulents now, and room for new growth. IMG_7485 IMG_7486 Lots of pods on the Hardenbergia!  IMG_7489 IMG_7490 IMG_7491 IMG_7492 IMG_7493Mr Pie happened along, IMG_7494
and so did Brave,IMG_7495and Saucy.

Between bird-feeds, they consented to let me go round the plants.
IMG_7496 IMG_7498 IMG_7499 IMG_7500 IMG_7501 Saucy came back. This time I managed to feed her while she was  on the crossbeam, so her takeoff was easier.

IMG_7503Prickly grevilleas, soon to frustrate potential intruders along the rear fence.

IMG_7504 IMG_7505 IMG_7506 Pip arrived for his/her second feed of the day. The black plumage is becoming more established. I wonder if Pip will be driven off the patch by the parental birds when fully mature. IMG_7508 IMG_7509 IMG_7510 IMG_7511 IMG_7512 IMG_7513 IMG_7514 IMG_7515 IMG_7516 IMG_7517 IMG_7518 IMG_7519 IMG_7520 IMG_7521 IMG_7522

2014-10-20 A Few Birds

Mrs-PieSaucy (Mrs Magpie) is currently turning up a number of times a day, seeking food to take back to the young in her nearby nest.

She’s had an encounter with a cat, a crow, or something, and suffered damage to her left wing, as well as losing some feathers on the leading edge. I try to give her food while she’s perched on something high, as she has problems getting airborne with a full beak.


This Pale Rosella was sampling the neighbour’s loquats.

wattle-birdAnd a Wattle Bird sits in my tea-tree. Tomorrow, I’m filling the old wheelbarrow with water as a birdbath for the wild birds during the coming heatwave, and I expect a few of these guys will get right into it.

2014-10-19 Meet Death-Of-Snails


I’ve had a staff vacancy for a few months, since the last poor old Bluey met her end: I didn’t see her in the woodpile till I’d moved a large piece of timber and squished her.

bluey2 IMG_7448 IMG_7449Well, greetings to the new brunette (or is it blonde?).

Death-Of-Snails is the name, and I hope we’ll have many happy years here.

Here’s some pictures of Old Bluey from 2007 (when I pulled a tick off her face)2007 10 14 Bluetongue 003a TICKand 2012 (when she wandered into the studio and needed to be lifted out).2012-02-27-bluetongue01

2014-10-12 Carnivores and Ground Cover


I have a small erosion problem on a slope at the back of the block. To halt the ruin, and possibly make the place a bit better, I’m deploying a few different plants: Liriope, Westringia, a prostrate Casuarina, and some Seaside Daisy.IMG_7383 IMG_7384

Depending on which plants succeed, I’ll put more in.

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2014-10-10 Carnivores and Succulents

Includes those poor little Nepenthes pitchers I neglected during winter. I may save one, but the other surviving specimen looks pretty sorry.

As always, clicky brings biggy.IMG_7300 IMG_7301S. leucophylla makes a strong comeback.

IMG_7302New Sarracenia transplanted into the bog.

IMG_7304 IMG_7305One of the S. psittacina divisions, with S. purpurea in the background.

IMG_7306This S. leucophylla x purpurea was divided for the first time this year, and is throwing out pitchers like crazy.

IMG_7307Another division from the plant seen above.

IMG_7308A fairly resilient NepenthesIMG_7309…and one that seems to be circling the plughole.

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IMG_7341Out front, it’s all Gazanias and succulents.

IMG_7342 IMG_7343This is the last shot before some repotting and weeding took place.

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2014-10-09 Carnivores and Ruler, Again

(As always, Clicky brings Biggy)


IMG_7266 IMG_7267 IMG_7268 IMG_7269 IMG_7270 IMG_7272New Guy, fresh from the hardware store and soon to be transplanted into the swamp.
I wonder what species or hybrid it will turn out to be.


IMG_7273 IMG_7274 IMG_7275 IMG_7276Drosera spatulata seeds might be available soon to those who need them.

IMG_7277 IMG_7278Looks like the flytraps have done well from exposure to the winter cold.

IMG_7279 IMG_7280 IMG_7281 IMG_7282 IMG_7283 IMG_7284 IMG_7285 IMG_7286 IMG_7287 IMG_7288 IMG_7289 IMG_7290 IMG_7292 IMG_7293 IMG_7294 IMG_7296Only one of about thirty seeds survived a storm last summer. The rest are missing, presumed washed out of the tray. This is either S. alata or a golden form of S. leucophylla – time will tell.IMG_7299Spot the S. purpurea


2014-10-05 Carnivore Growth Measured (and Pip)

As always, clicky brings biggy.
IMG_7213aSeasons change. Things change with them. Young Pip here is transitioning,

IMG_7215afrom the colours of youth, to a relatively monochrome adulthood.

Pip’s quite the communicator. He/(she?) has a special “feed-me” call used to bring me from the house, and a “Hey, the Feeding Guy is here!” call to bring his parents, who are raising another clutch of young, if the amount of food they fly out is any indicator.

IMG_7216aPip also has an admirable set of whiskers. These are no doubt useful when hunting lizards and wriggly things in leaf-litter.

IMG_7218I’ve taken the tape measure to a number of flower stalks and upcoming pitchers.


IMG_7220It might be a good idea to count flowers per plant and put up a total, too. I’ll get on that later.