Newsletter - Inverawe Native Gardens

Tasmania’s Largest Landscaped Native Garden
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Juvenile Goldfinch
We were stuck on 99 bird species at Inverawe for so
long, then jumped suddenly to 101. We thought for
one moment this might be 102 but it is a juvenile
Goldfinch. It has the Zebra panels on its wings but
lacks the characteristic red face mask and has a very
mottled appearance. Some years ago I saw New
Hollands pull a baby Goldfinch from a nest. I put it
back but it was dead the next day.
Our Norfolk Island Hibiscus (Lagunaria patersonia) is
flowering early this year and judging by all the buds,
we are in for a treat. It's rated an environmental
nuisance in various parts of Australia but we have
had no trouble with it. There is a very large one in
the Hobart Botanical Gardens, down near the flower
clock. The hairs inside the fruit are a skin irritant so
its common names include Itchy Bomb tree, and
Paws over the Bay
Breakfast with the Birds
Our next Breakfast with the Birds is Sunday February
22, kicking off at 8.30 am with fresh fruit salad, cereal
and hot muffins. We then take the grand tour of
Inverawe, looking for birds. Bookings essential, (ph
6267 2020) - experience not necessary -we can bring
you up to speed on the "how" of bird identification.
$30 per person, what a bargain!
Native Plant Workshop
Our next "hands on" Native Plant Propagating
Workshop is Sunday March 22, 1.30 pm to around
4.00 pm. You'll learn the basics of propagating and
get to take home the results of your work. Bookings
essential (ph 6267 2020), $35 per person, includes
afternoon tea, another bargain!
Summer Chores
The grass is cut (the grasslands look excellent),
we're pruning shrubs as they come off flowering,
dead heading, removing some spent plants, taking
cuttings, planting seeds we collected on the property,
and potting up paper daisies into large pots. Later
we'll "plunge" these pots, planting pot and all in the
ground, an old English landscaping technique. With
a pot you've got control of moisture and soil.
North West Bay, Kangaroo Paws, foreground
These Paws are on deep soil on our eastern terrace,
where they get morning sun and an occasional
watering in summer. Ours seem disease free. In
humid areas they are susceptible to fungal disease
(Black Ink Disease). We've tried them on our clay
areas but the results are disappointing. They like
excellent drainage. We grow the common Paw,
Anigozanthos flavidus. We have a range of colours,
red, orange, yellow, green.
We've tried the fancy, hybrid paws but they are not
long lived at Inverawe. Lift and divide the flavidus
every five or six years. You will probably miss the
subsequent flowering season.
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Flowers all the Year Round!
Slaters in the News
Simon the Slater, right at home in the mulch
A recent gardening article in the press debated
whether slaters were, on balance, good or bad for the
garden. I had a chat to my slaters and they came up
with this poem:
I'm a slater.
No, down here,
in the bark mulch.
Have to stay moist.
Dry and die, mum used to say,
drummed it into us kids.
I'm not an insect,
I've got seven pairs of legs,
Makes it hard to buy shoes.
The shops all cater for insects.
Paper daisies, Xerochrysum bracteatum
At Inverawe Native Gardens we have a party trick
when local clubs visit. We pick a great big bunch of
flowers and a lucky club member gets to take them
home. We can do that 365 days a year. The bunch
usually contains at least some Paper Daisies.
Heritage Festival
Sunday 3 May from 1.30 pm we will offer a walk and
talk around Inverawe, Botanical and Scientific
Discovery against a Background of Conflict.
Bookings essential, ph 6267 2020, $30 per person,
includes afternoon tea.
seeing you in the garden!
I'm a crustacean
just like the crabs and lobsters.
We don't keep up
With that side of the family.
My Sunday name is
Armadillium vulgare
Forget the vulgare bit
Armadillium makes it easier
to get a table
in a restaurant.
They get a surprise when we turn up!
We eat
dead stuff
and turn it into
On side the angels, eh?
Apart from the strawberries.
Sorry about the strawberries.
Weakness of mine.
We've all got our little
sorry about the strawberries.
Your fault for tempting me.
Inverawe Native Gardens
Tasmania’s Largest Landscaped Native Garden
1565 Channel Highway
Behind the Margate Train
Ph: (03) 6267 2020
[email protected]
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Open seven days a week
1 September to the end of May, 9 am to 6 pm
June, July & August, ring for an appointment
Entry fee applies: Concessions welcome
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