Eremophila garden visit to Riddells Creek in April

Russell guided us around a stunning garden of eremophilas, some verticordias, darwinias, homoranthus, grevilleas, acacias and more.  At Riddells Creek the soil is a rich clay which he has built up with imported local fill to around 0.5 – 1m high.  He has placed, and is still placing local rocks to the edge of the mounds.  There is no mulch and he lets the rain do the watering.  Some beds had been established for 4 years, others 2 and 1 only – astonishing growth everywhere.  The garden is on a large scale, and the property is fenced off from rabbits and emus.  The eremophilas were too numerous to list and ranged from large, through medium size shrubs, to some lovely smaller and prostrate species.  Russell, being a co-author of the book   Australia’s Eremophilas: changing gardens for a changing climate,  knew them all, and had some interesting stories about his collection.  We were thankful for his knowledge and generosity.
Report by M. Ford and revised for website.

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Growling Frog Golf Course – April 2017

A few of our members visited Growling Frog Golf Course Whittlesea gardens recently to view the additional plantings our group has donated, and the plaque erected to acknowledge our Community Project there.  The extensive plantings extend from within the carpark and around the clubhouse, and it is an ongoing project filling in the spaces.  It is a lovely collection of eucalypts, grevilleas, banksias, dryandras, eremophilas and others, and include many uncommon species. There are always lots of little birds enjoying these gardens, such as the Flame Robin, Eastern Spinebill, Thornbill and more.  These pictures show just a few of the plants in flower.

Flowering in April 2017