Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More July flowering locals

Spyridium globulosum (basket bush). This beautiful shrub is flowering prolifically at present and some very low compact specimens can be seen in Grant Marine Park. In a protected position basket bush will grow up to 4m high. The leaves are dark green on the upper surface and have white woolly hairs on their lower sides. These attractive shrubs are common from Geraldton to the Great Australian Bight.
Hardenbergia comptoniana (native wisteria). This is a common vigorous climbing plant which is flowering at present in Grant Marine Park. The firm 10mm long pods open on hot summer days with quite a pop. Ants are attracted to the white 'fat bodies' around the seeds, they collect and bury the seeds so increasing the plants dispersal.

Cottesloe wildflowers in July

Eremophila glabra ( poverty bush). A shrub which grows to approximately one metre. The flowers vary from red and yellow to yellow and green. The immature leaves are covered with silver hairs. Poverty bush grows in sandy limestone soil close to the beach.
Templetonia retusa (cockies tongues). A shrub which grows to about one metre high and prefers to grow in limestone soils. Cockies tongues are common on Rottnest Island.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Muffins at Vlamingh

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Conservation Volunteers Australia joined us at Vlamingh Memorial, South Cottesloe for a busy session of planting and maintenance on Saturday morning. Weatherwise it was glorious and we were treated to a delicious morning tea from the Mr Muffin Man - Ken from Daisies delicatessen.

We planted 500 seedlings, then watered them in and put up plastic guards to protect them. As it had been so dry Robyn organised for water to be delivered to the site - seven wheelie binfuls or 1500 litres. The water had to be carted by hand to the seedlings, which was a hard slog, but it was worth it when we saw what a difference we'd made by the end of the day.

Richard, under the expert guidance of Malcolm, became an expert hole digger and Greg and Jay moved mountains of buffalo grass and a large outbreak of the rose pelargonium weed (pelargonium capitatum) on the mound.

It was good to see last year's plants doing so well - keeping the rabbits in check has made a big difference. This year's plantings included local species such as knotted club rush (ficinia nodosa), red-eyed wattle (acacia cyclops), berry saltbush (rhagodia baccata) and dune moses (acacia lasiocarpa). Now all we need is some rain!

This was the last day for our big Coastwest project that began eighteen months ago. The project involved building two timber ramps - one at Warton St and one down to the dog beach in North Cottesloe, as well as fencing, rabbit control, Victorian teatree removal and revegetation at Vlamingh. Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers contributed 550 hours of labour, with Coastwest and Town of Cottesloe each contributing approximately $29,000.

( Text by Sue)

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