2014-10-30 Very Small Sarracenias

I previously wrote about the one specimen which had survived massive flooding of my seedling tray, last Summer.

Closer examination reveals there are three baby Sarracenia (either S. flava or S. leucophylla: I can’t be sure) in the one tray of three to show any signs of life.

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The poor wee things were so small, I didn’t notice two of them until I cleared away the bladderwort stems.

Again, my thanks to Fishie for the seeds.

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