MY OWN GARDENS -

LOVE BOUGAINVILLEAS - THIS WAS GROWN FROM A CUTTING! TRAINED UP AN IRONBARK!

SUMMERTIME - SUMMER RAIN !

Well got all the new hedge planted- potting up stuff- had great rain approx 35 ml over last ten days- so all looking green- mower is waiting! Planting some young trees out- getting a big EARTH BANK put in -going to plant it all with natives/bird attracting/groundcovers & whatever else I can think of -for a nice natural barrier between our Bungalow & the paddock. We can sit on the veranda- and talk to the birds! I'm going to try again with some Geralton Wax- my favorite native! Got a gorgeous Pink Pigface too- that will light things up!  HAPPY GARDENING! 

  • ONE OF OUR WALLABY FAMILY

    One even came into the barn recently- looking for water no doubt- we love our wildlife-like to think we are giving them sanctuary-and a safe place to rear their babies! Sadly they were being attacked by ticks! but the ticks all gone now with the rain!

  • OUR CHRISTMAS KOALA

    This little darling came in on Xmas day and joined us! We often hear them -but rarely see them-they are pretty private people!

  • PAIR OF KING PARROTS

    We love these guys-they come & go- but pop in for a feed every now & then. Colours are so spectacular! we have been putting up lots of nesting boxes-for our feathered friends!

BURNING OFF-FOR 2020

Well we will welcome all the glorious rain & all the green grass- only downside is Mowing- mowing! but I love my rideon & enjoy the Mowing- just watch out for the Stumpy Tails!  And part of my Landcare-maintanance is mowing weeds-before they can seed-or germinate! Mowing/slashing is so good for the paddocks- and is how we have controlled some of the biggest pests.  Photo here of one of our magnificent (Tipuana Trees) -an exotic I admit-but I have a whole new respect for them after the prolonged drought. They came through with flying colours- can be fed to stock- they are a legume- and so fast growing! PICTURED HERE

OUR 2020 RAINFALL SO FAR FOR -BONY MOUNTAIN- UP TO NOVEMBER ?? 

  • THE FESTIVAL GARDENS

    Planting- mowing-more planting & creating a magical garden for my Grandkids! Sue -a mate-arrived with Motorhome full of Bromiliads- never grown them! so a learning experience! but they will be fabulous-& add to the magic! plants growing up trees?

  • YOUNG BRIGALOWS

    I am so thrilled with my Brigalow trees- they love Bony Mountain! and are all thriving-in spite of the relentless dry - they have proven to me they are exceptional- and are now totally self sufficient!

  • AFRICAN DAISIES

    Have planted several bushes at Festival site- I love daisies & their happy little faces! So hoping they will be in full bloom at Festival time! to bring a bit of colour to the place.

  • APOSTLE BIRDS

    Choofs- I call them-we love them -they alert us to Goannas-snakes & are part of the family! George- our little doggie-runs out if they set up a chorus! Shown here in the feeder!

  • EASTERN ROSELLA

    All our birds love the Casuarinas-these blokes pop in -but seem to more frequent- hope they make Bony Mountain their home!

  • PIN CUSHION HAKEA

    I adore these shrubs-grew one at Uralla- the Black Cockies loved it-ate it every year! but our little birds enjoy this one! its right in my inner garden-very protected! Hoping the Black Cockies come in here at some point! have planted 100s of Casuarinas hoping to lure them here!

  • Grown from a cutting! this gorgeous mauve Hibiscus!

    All of my potted garden- I Grew this Hibiscus myself from a cutting- so thrilled with this result- now Flowering in January! Might be a bit frivolous -but I reckon these beautiful flowers are great therapy- in a drought.

  • LOVE GRASSES!

    Establishing grasses everywhere I can- they are such an easy thing to grow!

  • Mulching- mulching- can never do enough-

    This is back a couple of years! no longer any mulch hay available! all needed for stock feed. However I am planning a big woodchip project- to completely cover all these areas- The hay disappears too quickly- this endless drought has really brought us to our knees! I have lost so many trees, so many plants!

OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS -THE BEGINNING!

Our Bony Mountain Folk Festival- a Highlight every September! Right here on fifty acres (half) of our Property.  Lots of jobs- we got some piles burnt- more to burn now- after major works having tree pear dug out & removed. Roots and all- Maybe through winter months we can burn. Ben (my son)  put permanant water points around the Festival site- for wildlife- birds- this past year has made us more aware of the (lack of water).  Our troughs for horses-provide a water point- but we need to look at Koala-Kangaroos- that don't want to come right in close! So that will be a priority -also more mulching is desperate- mulch dissapears so fast here. I have lost even established trees this year- big Peppercorns?? unbelievable- lost all my London Plane trees- should never have planted them? too sandy maybe- but too dry-just could not keep the water up. So I let them go- the trees I am thrilled with- Brigalow- Wilga- River Gums- Casuarinas- and another (so called) pest tree-(Tipuana) the Racehorse tree. Amazing growth- tough & will survive- it is a legume though -also edible, a fodder tree in desperate times!  great shade -bit messy- but once again-a tree is a tree- is a tree.   Hope your gardens are surviving? 

A BEGINNING-OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS !  

EASTER IN THE BUSH- APRIL 1ST TO APRIL 5TH.  go to www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com 

FESTIVAL 2021- SEPTEMBER 24-25-26.  www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com 

2020-THE YEAR OF THE GREEN!

Well we will welcome all the glorious rain & all the green grass- only downside is Mowing- mowing! but I love my rideon & enjoy the Mowing- just watch out for the Stumpy Tails!  And part of my Landcare-maintanance is mowing weeds-before they can seed-or germinate! Mowing/slashing is so good for the paddocks- and is how we have controlled some of the biggest pests.  Photo here of one of our magnificent (Tipuana Trees) -an exotic I admit-but I have a whole new respect for them after the prolonged drought. They came through with flying colours- can be fed to stock- they are a legume- and so fast growing! PICTURED HERE

OUR RAINFALL SO FAR FOR -BONY MOUNTAIN- UP TO FEB 12TH- OUR TALLY- 342. ML   -13 INCHES IN THE OLD MEASUREMENT. 

  • NORMA MOWING/SLASHING BACK IN JULY.

    Slashing plays a big part in our landcare- slashing weeds-before they can seed- slashing rubbish- and general maintenance of grounds.

  • BURNING OFF IN AUGUST

    Burning off so important to keep control of the rubbish- fallen branches-dead trees- cactus- this was a big pile in Condamine Camp.

  • PRATTEN FIRE BRIGADE-

    They are a dedicated bunch of Volunteers- very grateful for their good work!

GOLD FROM THE SKY! BEAUTIFUL RAIN FOR 2020

Our Bony Mountain Folk Festival- a Highlight every September! Right here on fifty acres (half) of our Property.  Lots of jobs- we got some piles burnt- more to burn now- after major works having tree pear dug out & removed. Roots and all- Maybe through winter months we can burn. Ben (my son)  put permanant water points around the Festival site- for wildlife- birds- this past year has made us more aware of the (lack of water).  Our troughs for horses-provide a water point- but we need to look at Koala-Kangaroos- that don't want to come right in close! So that will be a priority -also more mulching is desperate- mulch dissapears so fast here. I have lost even established trees this year- big Peppercorns?? unbelievable- lost all my London Plane trees- should never have planted them? too sandy maybe- but too dry-just could not keep the water up. So I let them go- the trees I am thrilled with- Brigalow- Wilga- River Gums- Casuarinas- and another (so called) pest tree-(Tipuana) the Racehorse tree. Amazing growth- tough & will survive- it is a legume though -also edible, a fodder tree in desperate times!  great shade -bit messy- but once again-a tree is a tree- is a tree.   Hope your gardens are surviving? 

A BEGINNING-OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS !  

EASTER IN THE BUSH- APRIL 1ST TO APRIL 5TH.  go to www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com 

FESTIVAL 2021- SEPTEMBER 24-25-26.  www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com 

A POST FROM 2017- BUT STILL RELEVANT!

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. Looking at our corridors now though I have had success with the Brigalow, Kurrajongs, (not many) Bushy Sugar Gums ,are a bit touchy-(need more water) . 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 Black Cockys, 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 & with summer looming, 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.

MORE PHOTOS SOON! 

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!