DURING BIG DRY-I HAVE MY POTTED GARDEN!

With everything so dry & brown looking-I have cheered myself up by enjoying my potted garden! We have it all in the Courtyard -between the Barn & the Bungalow- so sheltered & the plants are thriving! I have Hibiscus- Geraniums-Azaleas-Bamboo- my Gorgeous Elephant Ears! not sure of their botanical name-but their flowers produce a perfume (to die for). This Courtyard has (fake green grass)- love it! and gives me joy everytime I'm out there! So I do advise any of you to consider this in dry times at least- to keep your spirits up? Here are some snaps!  

OUR NEXT PROJECT A SMALL POND- FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL GREEN FROGS! 

HERE WE ARE IN 2019-THE BIG DRY!

Well! its now nearly June- we have had some rain-but no cachment falls!  I've lived through many droughts-dry years-wet years- but this is unbelievable! it seems endless and just never ending-and so relentless! please note -all these photos taken before (the big dry) had set in- not green like this now.  So sorry for everyone effected by the big dry -then the big wet-how heartbreaking and soul destroying. As someone who has spent a lifetime on the land- and loves the land! it is horrifying to see these wonderful outback people going under with these odds all stacked against them -after a lifetime living on the land. I hope & pray they can survive -but unless these ridiculous Politicians step up- I have my doubts they will.  Some will of course-but there is a danger that we will lose the majority of our beef markets- our very lucritive cattle industry if we can no longer maintain these supplies? Where are the replacement breeders coming from-some of these producers were breeding very high end beef & some of these people will take years to recover from this -to replace their bloodlines , maybe never recover?  I very grateful that I no longer rely on the land- as we only have two mares here- thank goodness no cattle- no real numbers?  It would be heartbreaking to lose all this! One of my mares- both currently very fat- all we have is dry grass-but seems to stick to them pretty well! all we can do is hope we get some solid  rain soon !

PURPLE DAISIES! my little Granddaughter loves them!

I'm not big on flowers , but adore daisies- they are a splash of colour! Also have Petunias still happily flowering-and gorgeous red geranium ! they are a must for the bush-they are tough hardy survivors! our Grandmothers loved them! I am propogating as many as I can -to get them front & centre at Festival time -all along the front of the Stage! These african daisies are actually still blooming -have been for months now! I hope you have some colourful plants in your garden!

Plantings for 2017/2018

 Tipuana (race horse tree)- These are actually considered a pest- in some areas- they are prolofic seeders- but this native of South America- is a tough/hardy legume. Ideal for a harsh dry spot- where other things struggle. Also excellent fodder tree- and a good enviromental solution -nitrogen repair is one thing. But the birds love them- they provide great shade- and will survive in harsh conditions, we have planted quite a few- I consider they are worthy as they will survive where others will not! We are enjoying wonderful shade & shelter from two within our garden area. I imagine they could be harvested for fodder if needed. 

OLIVE TREES - I love my olive trees- they are a medditeranian tree-but love it here. this photo of our Blue Wren- they love the olive tree! Planting several more! 

WISTERIA -CLIMBERS  The native -purple climber? love this one but also some  exotics of course We had a beautiful Magnolia in our garden at Uralla- it was enourmous and quite old- maybe 20 yrs or so. It always flowered, loved the perfume & they are pretty hardy, it does get very cold in New England. I'm hoping it will thrive here. Have always loved Wisteria so happy to be planting some here at Bony Mountain one over at the Festival site, & one here at the Bungalow. Olive trees do love it here as well, so got 3 more of those! Planning more plantings around the Festival site. I guess the argument for & against the exotics versus native will never stop!  But I strongly believe that a tree- is a tree- is a tree. They provide shade-shelter-food-and protect our wildlife- no matter what their country of origin is!  The real draw back with a lot of exotics is that they do need a lot of water! Whereas the natives -once established will survive on rainfall. The one thing that is a negative for me -is that I have noticed our natives are very suseptable to disease, attract bugs- and can die without any warning! Even the bigger trees- but I do love them all- trees are so special!  any tree.

 

Since coming here in 2006 -we have seen the bird population literally explode! very happy about that, our wonderful Kookaburras- quite a family. Our Magpies, our Wood Ducks, our Pidgeons, our gorgeous King Parrots- Grass Parrots- Apostle Birds- Willie Wagtails- and a whole new family of small Finches-Wrens and so many more. Putting up our first hand built Nesting Box in the garden- but planning to get many more! There are quite a few feral cats here, plus our own Barn cats- so I figure the Nesting Boxes will really even up the odds. Our old Goanna family also contribute by stealing eggs & raiding nests ,so Nesting Boxes will be great! 

This a gorgeous Day Lily- it was Phil's Mums!

Our bird population has gone mad!

Hoping to catalogue our bird life at Bony Mountain with photos-details-nesting boxes- it will be a big job- but working on it! Our sulphur crested mates! pretty common but I love em, had a pet one once!  we love all our birds here! except currawongs-not welcome.

Front entrance looking South perfect path for our wildlife!

Exactly the same spot today! February 27- 2017 looking up the hill, what a transformation! in two years!

THIS IS OUR LARGEST CORRIDOR-AND OUR FIRST PLANTING - 2008 - NOW LOOKING NORTH UP THE HILL. YOU CAN SEE THE SIZE OF SOME OF THE ORIGINAL TREES PLANTED- above taken January 2015.

Having success with Brigalows these are down near front gate! Not local to Southern Downs but very happy here I have approx 30 of them growing well now. planted 2015

BEARDED DRAGON- at Bony Mountain Oct 2015

OUR LANDCARE AFTERNOON OCTOBER 2015

What an amazing day we had with Greg Ford (ecologist) a group of approx 25 dedicated Lancare folk joined us at Bony Mountain in October for a bush walk & a meet & greet with Greg and myself ,talking about my plantings/plans for future/projects & visions. I am very grateful to the Landcare crew for supporting me in my journey to make this little place something quite unique and giving me the incentive to continue on with my vision for Bony Mountain. It all takes a lot of work ,a lot of passion, and also a lot of complete dedication to the end result which hopefully I'll be able to  achieve in my lifetime. It was amazing to discover some of the smaller critters/species/birdlife and hidden treasures living and thriving here at Bony Mountain.We all learnt so much about our mysterious little critters!  A big thank you to Greg for these magic photo's!     

EASTERN RANGES ROCK SKINK at Bony Mountain Oct 2015

Our amazing green army crew! at Bony Mountain Festival site! they did a top job very hard slog removing a whole heap of tree pear! and smaller cactus, it looks amazing now! A big thank you to Spencer & his team!

SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT HERE! MY MAGNIFICENT GERALTON WAX, IN FULL BLOOM IN WINTER & STILL FLOWERING NOW IN DECEMBER! IT IS IN A LARGE POT!