Posts Tagged ‘birds’

A day in the life of a grevillea

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Spring has sprung (with a bit of luck) – or at least the birds seem to think so!

These last few weeks, our native gardens here at Yuruga have burst into bloom and our grevilleas are alive with birds all shapes, sizes and colours. In fact, each grevillea bush is a mini-ecosystem in its own right.

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Breakfast with the birds

Friday, October 1st, 2010

There’s always plenty happening in our native gardens here at Yuruga, but last Sunday was simply spectacular. This is a story about our Sunday morning breakfast last weekend under a Sandpaper Fig tree on the edge of the Jump-up looking down over Mareeba.

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August in Yuruga’s native gardens

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Enjoying a coffee in the Yuruga gardens the other day, we were captivated by a pair of Brown Honeyeaters flitting amongst the glorious deep-red, pom-pom flowers of the Powder-puff Lilly-pillies in full bloom. Small plain birds they may be, but they have a remarkably strong sweet song. What a wonderful combination of colour, texture and birdsong, and what a beautiful plant for a shady spot in the garden.

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There’s A Honeyeater In My Orange Marmalade

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

MarcusWithout exaggeration, every moment of every day there are birds in my grevillea patch. At work when I look out the window I can see a nesting yellow honeyeater in a Kay Williams grevillea.  It’s amazing the life grevilleas bring to a garden.  I’m not talking about a forest of plants, just one or two are enough to attract native honey eaters when they are in flower.

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The Native Garden Diet

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

MarcusBeing told you should plant natives sounds a lot like you’re being told to give up junk food and switch to brussels sprouts and bran. It makes you feel like you’ll be going on a garden diet. Lush green foliage and the pretty flowers will be a thing of the past. There will be no more planting of self indulgent cordylines, hibiscus, gardenias or gingers. You’re now restricted to a gardening diet of gumtrees, paperbarks, grasstrees, and if you’re good, a grevillea or two. And you’ll have to tear up your lush green lawn so you can replace it with a nice deep layer of bush mulch with a couple of clumps of prickly Spinifex and a mandatory frog pond.

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Native Birds need Native Plants

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

This article is extracted from the Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 12 No 3
(August 2004).

The focus of this article is for gardeners in tropical Australia.
However, the basic principles apply for throughout Australia
with minor modifications for local conditions.

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Deciduous delights

Friday, November 1st, 2002

This article is extracted from Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 10 No 4 (November 2002)

There is something particularly beautiful about deciduous plants.

When they drop all their leaves and expose their bare skeletons to the world, they present an architectural grandeur that adds quite another dimension to the landscape.

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November in a tropical garden

Friday, November 1st, 2002

This article is extracted from Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 10 No 4 (November 2002)

The sights and sounds of November in a tropical garden …..
…… splashes of brilliant red, black, yellow,
……. and a raucous cacophony of bird sound.

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