Cooler mornings make physical work a pleasure. Lantana flowers amass with brown butterflies feasting on the nectar.
Progressing up the valley as we walk over previously mulched lantana. Counted 6 varieties of rain forest seedlings emerging through the dried lantana. Exciting as the regeneration is so quick, 4 months after the slash.
Following a 2 hour lantana slash, a besan flour base pizza.
Whirl wind of business is slowing down after 2 farewell dinners. Sunny days and cool for here, nights.
Best to Grant and Stephen who are relocating permanently to Napier in New Zealand.
Lil gone to Griffith to work in a packing shed for citrus harvest. She lives there in a comfortable shipping container.
Busy week too working slowly up the valley. Good progress as the soil is damp. Eye sight sharpened when an emerging rain forest seedling shows its first leaves. Pencil, white and red cedar sprouting in clusters which a trowel dig transplants further up. Bird life abundant in the higher vine covered canopies.
New growth through the lantana mulch.
Busy Easter with work and visitors.
Began the turmeric harvest for an early order for 10 kilos. Harvesting earlier than usual shows the tubers to be lighter in color.
I think this is a young Marbled Frogmouth. It is often perched on the rain outlet pipe when I get up at dawn.
Mist playing on the ridges. From the verandah.
A fig enveloping a dead eucalypt.
Cicada’s are deafening as they have emerged from the earth. Their exit holes are visible around the edges of the gardens. Some mornings I have had to put ear plugs in yet the shrill pitch still disturbs. The male cicada is the shrill one with the females silent.
Beautiful creatures with their nymphal skins discarded on the ground or tree trunk.
Davidson plums. Abundant setting of fruit.
With the continuing showers, ideal transplanting conditions for the mulched lantana slashed sites. Red cedar seedlings in cluster I transplant the stronger ones into the lantana mulch. Blue figs, germinated in the gardens, I replant on the edges of the stream. Slippery work.
Cavendish in the garden here.
And to learn this week tree clearing has increased massively in Queensland .
Bursts of rain, over with in minutes, has allowed me to transplant 10 red cedars and Blue quandong trees along a lantana cleared valley. As well, transplanting self seeded vegetables in the garden. Growth is visible and with a sudden cooler spell it will be interesting to watch what bolts to seed as soon as it heats up again.
Sharing a new nest on the verandah.
The Richmond River catchment is the sixth largest in New South Wales and covers an area of nearly 7,000 square kilometres in the north of the state.
It was once a thriving, heavily timbered forest, but since European settlement it has changed dramatically.
The banks of the river are now home to intensive agriculture, grazing, and urban development, which Rous County Council chairman Keith Williams said had long been blamed for killing the river.
“We all thought the river was bad five to 10 years ago,” he said.
“But when all the oysters at the mouth of the river died, the entire estuary — hundreds and thousands of oysters — they just died all at once.
“It’s like a slap in the face and you suddenly realise, this water and the river is not fit for marine creatures to live in anymore. So there’s got to be something majorly wrong.”
Coral tree poisoning, Wilson Creek.
On the extreme heat days I started reading PETER WOHLLEBEN’s THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES.
He discovers trees are social beings. he draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families. Tree parents live together with their children. Communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those sick or struggling and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben shares his deep love of forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration from what he has observed.
And as Tim Flannery says ” Opening this book, you are about to enter a wonderland.
So out I went after the rain had stopped and walked through my emerging new forest behind the gardens. It was a wonderland……………….many photos. Hope you enjoyed.