Six Stationeers attended a working bee on Tuesday October 21st. We were pleased to find the garden generally looking rather good despite
the soil being very dry. We weeded, pruned, watered and picked up rubbish ready for the "Off Tracks" Street Festival the following Sunday.
One seasonal change of note was the
contrasting textures of the native grasses; Feather spear-grass
living up to its name, forming a fluffy band at the base of the steepest
section. This is very pleasing as the original Spear grasses we planted seemed to have only an annual lifespan but seeds of the original plants germinated where they found
conditions favorable. The occasional bloom of Sticky Everlasting paper daisies, pale blue Tufted Bluebells and one Bulbine Lily plus pale pink Pelargonium australe quietly flowering among the Lomandra make the garden more than a pragmatic green-fill.
Under the station, lilies were in flower despite their absolutely awful growing conditions. We observed a native Blue-banded bee shaking pollen from the flowers of Dianella tasmanica with the vibration of its wings, a wonderful sight as we always hoped to attract native wildlife to the garden.
Our next working bee is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. Meet at the tap in Pin Oak Crescent at 9:30 am. Tasks will include cleaning up under the landing and steps, picking up litter from the whole area and watering. Newcomers welcome. Just turn up and register to become a Stationeer. Ros