As the season has been milder so far the garden is looking pretty good. Here are some of the flowers. Sorry I can’t be bothered to remember their names.
If you are near Lara (close to Geelong) and interested in plants, it is well worth taking time to stroll along the Hoffman Walk. This area runs beside Hovells creek and represents about forty years of work by one man, Kevin Hoffman, to beautify an area with Australian native plants.
These days there are more people assisting in maintaining the area and the City Geelong supports the project with some funding. There are many interesting plants with different flowers, foliage and texture and gradually some local indigenous species are infiltrating the plantings.
If you want to add some extra plants to your garden this is one of the few chances to access a wide range of native plants. Held at Wirrawilla, 40 Lovely Banks Road, Lovely Banks on 11 & 12 April is it also a good opportunity to buy some interesting books on native plant and animals. Hosted by the Geelong APS they also have a bbq & tea and coffee.
If you can’t make to Geelong then the next best opportunity is on Saturday 2 May at the Uniting Church Car Park in Bacchus March. The feature plants are hakeas but there are also lots of other plants. This one is hosted by the APS Melton & Bacchus Group. You need to be quick for this one as it is only between 9am-1pm.