July is now more than half way over, it’s been a bleak winter around home with few pleasant days, but so far we haven’t had a single frost. There hasn’t been much incentive to get out and about so other things have claimed my attention. One of the two resident Grey Shrike-thrushes has become very friendly and now eats out of my hand, small witjuti grubs from the woodheap are accepted with relish. The pair of Little Ravens have started nest building, carrying sticks to an as yet unknown destination, they’re very wary and refuse to let us know where they are heading. The garden is showing signs of an early spring too, the two dendrobium orchids are budding up and one has a spray of flowers already.
Our grevilleas are on the move, frost can nip off early flower racemes of the various hybrids, but so far that hasn’t happened. We have several, recently planted, the old favourite and still one of the best, Robyn Gordon, plus Peaches and Cream, Honey Gem, and Coconut Ice for example, all loved by visiting honeyeaters.
Grevillea asplenifolia is an excellent garden subject also a hit with the honeyeaters, it holds its branches in a somewhat unusual horizontal attitude. Our present shrub is cutting grown from the first we planted nearly forty years ago and is in heavy bud.
Two smaller grevilleas that the spinebills love are the Green Cape form of G. lanigera, and a G. rhyolitica hybrid with a cultivar name that escapes me….
Hakea purpurea is a good bird shrub with prickly foliage, the first flowers are just opening.
The delightful Snowy River Wattle, Acacia boormanii is coming into flower and will soon be a blaze of yellow, to be followed later by another beauty, the Gold Dust Wattle, A. acinacea.
Phebalium stenophyllum is a spring flowerer, ours is well on the way with its yellow flowers keeping the wattle company.
And a blog on the garden wouldn’t be complete without a picture of Correa reflexa var. nummulariifolia, in full flower at the moment.
With a few days of settled weather forecast a trip out into the bush may be on the cards, fingers crossed.
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