Now into winter! but beautiful days, only colder nights!

 Now into winter in June, but magnificent days! My youngest trees are drying out so watering this week to keep them going! No real frosts yet but out in the paddocks there has been a white cover . This next piece I wrote in March so I won't delete yet! ---as follows.   After measuring over 100 mls of rain for March! Perfect for my new plantings ! I am so thrilled with everything at present so green & all the trees are really starting to leap ahead . In a real growing stage and thanks to some wonderful rain the whole place is blooming. The front paddock that was just a bare wind swept disaster when we took over in June 2005. The western corridor which Ben & I struggled with, watering and mulching it was a long hard road but look at the results now! There are still some smaller trees but overall I'm very pleased.  I got 80 little tubers of casuarinas last week & so planting them while the ground is still moist! And got some more Callistemons yesterday so busy, busy.  I am going to need another truck load of mulch to really get some of the dryer, more exposed plantings protected from the summer heat & winter cold! The magic effect of mulch is why I have had such a good result here , especially with some of the windswept places we have planted some trees!    Can't believe the mulch! from mowing, the amount of grass growth is unreal! my rideon is certainly working hard to get through it. but it is so beneficial for the country for the paddock & the trees.  Mares are super fat, locked them up again today! 


Our driveway with Casuarinas & Peppercorns! not politically correct the old Peppercorn ,but an Aussie icon ! and a tree is a tree is a tree!

I have had some comments on planting Peppercorns (or Pepperinas) as the locals call them, but I grew up with Peppercorn trees & we learned from (Roc) our old stallion that the peppercorns are marvelous for arthritis!  Horses will always self medicate if they can, and select medicinal plants, Peppercorns (medicinal) and Willow (medicinal) they contain Aspirin. I recall one little Qtr Horse mare (pregnant) used to stop & eat one particular native plant! it was obvious it gave her something she needed. Everyone with cattle or horses should consider what they grow in the paddocks with self medication in mind! makes sense to me. Here we are now in February 2017 ,and we have recorded 106 ml in January, and just had nearly 45 ml this month so far. Thank heavens we got good rain it was sooo hot here in January so we needed a boost. Now late Feb, the weather is slightly cooler and autumn is on the way. So we will put some organic fertiliser around (fruit trees) etc & madly planting some new stock. Mainly just filling gaps and adding a different species in amongst all the trees that have just grown here naturally! Will be planting mainly Casuarinas such a valuable worthwhile tree ,they love it here at Bony Mountain and have thrived where others struggle. Looking at our corridors though had success also with the Brigalow, Kurrajongs, (not many) Bushy Sugar Gums , but as I said the SHEOAKS Casuarinas win the award for the most rewarding ,most suitable trees here!  And a mate stopped the other day to have a yarn and he suggested if I plant enough of them the Black Cockatoos might move in ?  We love them we had them at Uralla in New England but they do live here! They can be a bit destructive they just about ate our Hakeas , but enjoyed having them around. The hakea are a beautuful bush they do grow here naturally and their seeds are great food for the bigger birds, so I should look at an understory of Hakea? the ideal habitat for so many birds . Looking at all we have planted here during this (very hot) summer it just inspires me to plant even more! Simply because a dense habitat protects all of us, but mostly our birds, our Wallabies, Kangaroos, they really appreciate the shade, shelter and Koalas can pop up any tree as protection instead of covering large open spaces where they become vulnerable! After the tornado we had here a few years ago my Neighbour (in his wisdom) got the bulldozer in and flattened nearly all the trees on his side, our western side which has become a windswept no mans land for wildlife! I do look on the positive though, at least we will never be burnt out from that side.  But no rest ! more planting/mulching/ etc for 2017 when the weather is nicer.


Our Circular drive it allows plenty of room for big trucks/buses/goosenecks to all drive right in. Our Jacarandas just noticeable on right, they have had a big struggle getting established but all this rain is helping! We did not really get any frosts to damage them last winter so hoping they'll get a better kick off this year!

My poplar hedge that I have established along the Eastern side of the bungalow! a lovely green cool oasis I'm growing my pots there.

So proud of this western corridor we now have the odd koala using this tree line to travel down to the Condamine river. Previously this paddock was open & bare and provided no protection. (LOOKING UP TOWARD HOUSE)

A HIMALAYAN ORCHID, I know it is a bit off the track, but it is gorgeous!