Transplanting Monocots

Conostylis candicans flower

Conostylis candicans is a local sedge that grows in sand dunes and thrives in sandy Perth coastal gardens with no summer watering.

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tadpole exchange update

Ash got some tadpoles from my friend’s pool that was due to be cleaned and chlorinated. They are motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei). The pool owner worked hard to make sure all the tadpoles were rehomed. Thanks to Tadpole Exchange Program and Kids Nature Club for help.

frog in the pond

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a tale of two frogs

The new tadpoles are happily chewing through the algae in my pond and the water is slowly turning crystal clear. After a couple of days their pale colour darkened and they blend in well with the murky water.

motorbike frog tadpole

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Perth tadpole exchange

Update 24/12/16: Dorothy the pool owner has a sparkling clean swimming pool and she managed to save all the tadpoles. Thanks to everyone who took some taddys.

A friend has tadpoles available in Karrinyup where her pool is about to be drained. They are motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei) and were under a pool cover so they are paler than usual. I got a bucketful today to put in my pond.


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frog life

frog in the pond

The motorbike frog tadpoles (Litoria moorei) in my garden pond have all metamorphosed into frogs, sadly the cannibal tradition continues.

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time to plant garlic

garlic I grew in my garden

Now’s the time to plant garlic in your garden (in Australia). I blogged about how to grow garlic a few years ago:

I planted garlic cloves in late April and they are just showing their first leaves. April is the best time to plant garlic but it can be planted until mid June when the soil temperature cools…

Read more: Garlic from the Garden

garlic plants in my garden


Northern Suburbs Plant Sale

hoverfly on ranunculus in my bog garden

hoverfly on Ranunculus

Do you want local native plants for your garden?

The Northern Suburbs Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA is having a plant sale next Saturday.

Assorted tube stock $4

Saturday 23 April 9am-3pm

Landsdale Farm School

cnr Landsdale & Evandale Rd, Darch

Many of the pond and bog plants in my garden came from this nursery. They provide advice on the best plants for your location and how to grow them.

Agrostocrinum scabrum

blue grass lily in my bog garden

prickly garden plants

In bushland areas prickly plants provide shelter and protection for insects and small birds. I found this bird nest on Hakea ruscifolia. The birds had already left but the nest was protected by the prickly leaves even though it was close to the ground.

bird nest in Hakea ruscifolia

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more pond life

Last November I got motorbike frog tadpoles (Litoria moorei) to put in my garden pond.tadpole in my pond

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pond life

moth on a pond plant

The pond in my garden attracts a myriad of insect life, such as this moth I found on a pond plant (Ornduffia albiflora) today. The pond has small fish to eat any mosquito larvae and stop mosquitoes breeding. When I first dug out the pond I hoped water movement from the water filter would be enough to deter mosquitoes breeding, but I needed biological control. I got White Cloud Mountain minnows (Tanichthys albonubes)* and later added Western Pygmy Perch (Nannoperca vittata) which are native to waterways in WA.

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