Here are some ideas for native plants that provide colour and interest in smaller gardens. Some places to visit to see a range of native plants are Cranbourne and Melton Botanic Gardens. The Hoffman Walk at Lara is also worth a visit. In spring there will be a number of native flower shows, that showcase what grows well in local gardens. Lookout for the Pomonal and Ballarat events.
Here are a few photos from the Melbourne International Garden Show earlier this year. Some of these ideas may appeal to you if you are renovating a garden
We picked our crop of pepper berries this weekend and it weighed in at 3.3kg. They are now being dried taking advantage of the sunshine then inside under the ceiling fan. It is a bit tedious to pick but hopefully worth the effort. We have 2 plants as you need a male and a female plant. As an update when dried the crop weighed in at 925gms.
It is so good to have a new nursery in town. I loved this chook when I saw it at the local nursery and decided it was the feature I wanted for the courtyard. It is placed on a gnarled piece of Banksia serrata that came from a plant that I planted back in the 1980’s in Ballarat.
We always have a few varieties of lettuces growing and some are left to go to seed. I usually buy the $2 packets at the Reject Shop, just sprinkle them in the garden, and leave it up to them as to where they grow. I collect some seed at the end of the season. The ones with blotches is a variety of Diggers Seeds and called something like ‘flashy trout back’.
There are some very pretty grevilleas flowering now.
Cutting propagating box
Last year we built a propagating box for cuttings from recycled materials. It sits in some polystyrene boxes and an old skylight is attached to a square wooden box. There is perlite inside the box to help retain some humidity.
inside the box is filled with perlite