Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Our Waterfall - Our Own Revegetation Project

I have finally updated the page that shows our beautiful waterfall, and the results of three years worth of revegetation planting I have been doing, near our home.
The 11.5m high waterfall
Pizza oven action

The planting around the pizza oven
I see so many clients that are hesitant about planting large areas with native trees. They don't know where to start, and it can all be a bit overwhelming. I have been lucky enough to have had parents that created a forest on what was bare clay paddock, over a number of years. They would bring home forest litter (the decaying leaves on the forest floor), to see what seedlings would pop up. And splitting flax plants, saving tree seeds and nurturing those seedlings until they were big enough to plant etc. So I was shown how to get plants for free, only buying certain trees or special plants that would then be divided each year until you had many plants from the original bought specimen. Now that original clay paddock has got mature trees, with seedling ferns, and all sorts of goodies popping up that the birds bring in (and poop the seeds out), or that have just been lying dormant under the soil until the conditions became suitable. They have been my inspiration.

If you would like some inspiration yourself, pop on over to the 'Our Waterfall' page on the column on the right, and simply click on it. Even if it gets one person planting, that will make my day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Liquidamber Gumball Standards

I have to share. My lovely client, Roselee, from the Upper Plain Garden (see page link on the right) has just sent me through these photos of Liquidamber Gumball, at her house. They have been in pots for about a year, out the back in 'Versailles'. Green during summer, but OMG this bright bright orange and red right now. Most trees have lost their leaves, but the liquidamber is still holding on to them. What a show. This, in my mind, has taken the place of Robinia Mop Top which although they are divine to look at, have so much trouble with suckering. So many people in small gardens want a tree, but most grow too big. This would be ideal for along a boundary fence to block out neighbouring buildings, without taking up too much ground space, or getting too tall. A hedge underneath of Camellia setsugekka, or any green species. Gorgeous!

This is the 'Gumball' in summer - just plain old leafy green, but still gorgeous
Apparently they maintain their shape very well (and size), but a light clip of the all the branch tips each year would easily keep that in check if you were worried. Thanks for sharing, Roselee!!