Plant of the month
City Farm has lots of Oxylobium robustum in stock, a small shrub with golden yellow flowers winter to spring Photograph source: ala.org.au
City Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-3pm, 07 54862304, email@example.com, www.cooloolacityfarm.org
A City Farm volunteer ran two very well-received activities in Rainbow Beach during Seniors’ Week in early September – a plant propagation workshop and a wildflower walk.
I was recently in Bundjalung National Park on the north coast of New South Wales and found it interesting to find many of the same shrubs and wildflowers as we see here around this time of year. Climatic conditions are similar and it appeared to have been very dry there as well.
Many of the banksias were past their best flowering, though honeyeaters were busy in the remaining flowers. There were also bee-eaters and thornbills and some birds were taking twigs and melaleuca bark as the warm weather indicated it was time to begin nesting.
On a walk, it was obvious that the healthy growth of midyims and low-growing lomandras acted as a weed deterrent on the path borders. The lomandras, in particular, seemed able to cope with being trodden on, making them a great choice for trafficked areas.