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The Sale Common.

When I did the post on natural approach grafting I had another example in mind but didn’t at that time have photos. A trip to Sale gave me the opportunity to remedy that situation and I spent time at the Sale Common where the tree in question is growing. It is another of the wonderful picturesque old red gums of shorter stature that abound in the Lakes hinterland.

red gum

Above the trunk proper there is a great example of natural grafting, illustrated in the following series of images of the spreading and contorted branching.

red gum


red gum


red gum

Although there is plenty of water in the Common and associated lagoons, water birds generally were scarce, a good number of swamphens but very few ducks or swans. Herons, egrets, and cormorants were absent and I saw just one Darter trying to blend in with the background. The attention soon got too much for it and it took to the water.

darter


darter

The snag usually occupied by a Darter was instead the perch for a Welcome Swallow, perhaps under appreciated birds, quite beautiful and great consumers of insects.

welcome swallow

Along the wetland walk wrens were in numbers, likewise Red-browed Finches, Goldfinches, and Silvereyes.

silvereye

That delightful bird of the shade, the Eastern Yellow Robin was encountered here and there along the track and gave a couple of photo opportunities. The second individual pictured was intent on scanning the ground for something edible and took little notice of me.

yellow robin


yellow robin

Click to enlarge.

Mid Winter Notes.

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.

dendrobium

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.

robyn gordon


peaches and cream


honey gem


coconut ice

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.

asplenifolia

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….

lanigera


rhyolitica

Hakea purpurea is a good bird shrub with prickly foliage, the first flowers are just opening.

hakea purpurea

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.

acacia boormanii

Phebalium stenophyllum is a spring flowerer, ours is well on the way with its yellow flowers keeping the wattle company.

phebalium stenophyllum

And a blog on the garden wouldn’t be complete without a picture of Correa reflexa var. nummulariifolia, in full flower at the moment.

correa reflexa var. nummulariifolia

With a few days of settled weather forecast a trip out into the bush may be on the cards, fingers crossed.

Click to enlarge.

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