Closed due to drought

Sorry, we’re closed due to the drought – we don’t have sufficient water to get stock to retail condition. 

Hopefully it’ll rain soon and we’ll be back in business. 

Long-leaf waxflower mid winter

Photo of a white flower of the Philotheca myoporoides plant
Philotheca myoporoides

Philotheca myoporoides, the Long-leaf Waxflower, is a hardy large shrub with a long flowering season of small but showy pale flowers set amid a firm mid-green foliage. It is a hardy plant that will thrive through cold and drought. #MidWinterFlowers

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Dragonflies

Historically, there were some 22 dragonfly or damselfly species recorded in the Yass Valley region. More recently, however, these have dwindled to just 10: the blue-spotted hawker, Australian emperor, eastern billabongfly, metallic ringtail, wandering percher, Australian emerald, tau emerald, common bluetail, orange threadtail, and the blue skimmer.

Adversaeschna brevistyla, the blue-spotted hawker

Dragonflies are great to have around your garden as they are insect-eating machines. Dragonflies and dragonfly larvae particularly love to eat mosquitoes. Adult dragonflies also eat White Cabbage butterflies and other flying insects, which they grab in mid-air.

Orthetrum caledonicum, the blue skimmer

If you want to attract dragonflies to your backyard, establish a pond. Take a big bottleful of water from an older pond and tip it into a new one to introduce aquatic insects. It’s best to give them their own pond as fish will eat dragonfly larvae swimming underwater.

Austroagrion watsoni, the eastern billabongfly

Plant native aquatic plants in your pond, as well as border plants that are semi-submerged. This helps dragonfly larvae to pull themselves out of the water. There are a number of native plants – water lilies, rushes, sedges, and reeds – that can make your pond an ideal dragonfly habitat. These plants also help keep the water clean and fresh.

Native aquatic plants build habitat for dragonflies

If you have a farm dam, consider fencing stock away from part or all of it to create a habitat zone. This can also be done by piling fallen timber and logs around one section, both above and below the waterline.

Yass Native Nursery is not yet selling aquatic native plants; from 2020 we’ll have a range of suitable plants to place around your pond or farm dam to assist creating habitat and a home for dragonflies. We hope to have a range of localised aquatic plants available from late 2020.

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Grevillea iaspicula coming into flower

Grevillea iaspicula coming into flower

Grevillea iaspicula, also known as Wee Jasper grevillea, is an endangered shrub species that is endemic to southern New South Wales in Australia. Here’s one of mine slowly coming out into flower.

New garden border

I decided to add a border to a garden I established not that long ago. The garden itself has a philotheca, an acacia, and a grevillea, so a native border will compliment them nicely.

As the soil is poor clay, I decided to dig a trench for the planting and then backfill with quality Martins native soil mix. The bed is raised and sloping, so I’m not worried about water retention.

The trench is dug, and a bag of Martins native soil mix stands ready
Another view of the trench

The trench was dug a little deeper than the pots. A cm or two of native soil mix was added along the base, then the plants carefully placed at the spacing I wanted.

Plants placed in the trench
Plants placed in the trench

Once backfilled with the native soil mix it was watered in well.

Trench backfilled between plants
Trench backfilled between plants

Although we have a bit of a heatwave here – six days of ~40 degree days, and only down to 22 overnight – I’m not too worried about planting in this heat. The plants have been growing in full sun nearby, in pots filled with the same Martins soil I’m using in the garden. Any transplant stress will be minimal, and I’ll keep the water up to them for a week or so.

Hopefully it won’t be long until they look like these in another section of my gardens.

Grevillea rosmarinifolia

My Grevillea rosmarinifolia is just finishing flowering. It’s a well known species that usually occurs as a small to medium, rounded shrub to 0.3-2 metres high. The flowers occur in clusters from the ends of the branches and are mainly red or pink, often with cream, from winter through to spring and occasionally at other times.

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Prostanthera incisa, or cut-leaf mintbush

Prostanthera incisa, or cut-leaf mintbush, is a shrubby plant native to rocky mountain tops of Eastern Australia. It has an attractive purple flower. The leaves are highly aromatic, ovate-lanceolate, 1–3 cm long, and teethed.

Chrysocephalum apiculatum, yellow buttons

Close up of a Chrysocephalum apiculatum, yellow buttons, flower. Yellow buttons is a perennial herb that is found in all States and Territories in Australia in a wide range of environments.

Bauera rubiodes ‘Candy Stripe’

Flowers of a baby Bauera rubiodes ‘Candy Stripe’ – a low shrub with scrambling habit. It will grow to about 50cm tall and spread to 1.2m. It has narrow leaves and pretty deep pink flowers with a white flare in the centre of each petal. It produces flowers for most of the year.

Feeding the local bees – yellow box

The tree was humming this morning with local bees feeding on the sweet nectar of Eucalyptus melliodora, commonly known as yellow box.