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