Summer Surprise

baby copperhead snake

baby copperhead snake

Lifted up a pot in the garden on Sunday and what did I find? Looks like we have a replacement for the copperhead snake that died mid-year. This one is only tiny and it is tempting to relocate it out into the bush but it may decide to move on by itself.

The polypipe is 13mm to give the snake a bit of size comparison.

Water for wildlife

A deep water bowl

A deep water bowl

When providing habitat for local birds and fauna including water is essential unless you have a large body of water nearby. Placing birdbaths close to the house allows you to watch the activity from inside the house.

Once you put water into the garden containers need to be kept clean and filled regularly with fresh water. Birds are not interested in what the birdbath looks like from an aesthetic point of view but they are interest in function.

Provide containers with a range of depths and make sure the surface is not too slippery. Some birds such as wattle birds like to have a fair depth of water to dive into such as an old bath. Others like wrens and new holland honeyeaters manage with shallow terracotta saucers.

Place water where it is shaded during the heat of the day and has good visibility so predators can’t sneak up unobserved.  Many birds seem to prefer to have shrubs nearby so they can fly to a branch and preen a bit before going into the water again. The lip of the container needs to be something the birds can grip onto while drinking.

Goodbye to the hoarder

Working on the theory that someone else is a bigger hoarder than I am, I decided to get rid of 30 years of newsletters from the Australian Plants Society Ballarat. As I can’t quite let go I have cut out all the monthly lists of what was flowering in member’s gardens in the hope that at some stage I will type them up and add them to this website. Continue reading