We regularly walk around our farm to see what is growing well on our sandy soils, and it is often a great time to take our camera to get a few shots of plants in flower, foraging birds and insects.
This time of year, with recent strong winter winds, it is also a chance to check for wind damage to plants or whether they need pruning back from our fencelines.
Many of the species we grow in the nursery are grown from seed we collect from our farm. This allows us to get photos of the plants to use for our plant and seed product pages. They are also a great resource as we can show people what the nursery plants look like in the real with a quick walk around the property. It works wonders as people can see how they grow in our climate.
This season, with good rains and plenty of sunshine a lot of plants are looking great including:
Drummonds Bridal Grevillea (Grevillea argyrophylla). Also known as the Silvery-leaved Grevillea, a great two metre screening shrub with a massive display of white flower and a favourite spot for Punky our female emu to hang out.
On part of our eastern boundary we have combined Limestone Wattles (Acacia sclerosperma), Sennas (Senna artesimioides sp. ‘Fine Leaf’) with Red Poker Hakeas (Hakea bucculenta) as screening, windbreak and landscape shrubs. Our emu who likes to regularly walk the fenceline keeps them clear of weeds.
Pink pokers (Grevillea petrophiloides) , Austin Senna (Senna sp. ‘Austin’) and Bacon and Egg Shrubs (Bossiaea spinescens) are always spectacular and grow well on our poor, sandplain soils with no additional fertiliser. We rabbit guard and water these plants to establish them over the first summer and then they are on their own.
We grow all our own seedlings here in our Permaculture Nursery, so drop by and pick up some of these fabulous plants and more for your own property and garden.
Revegetation of our demonstration farm grounds with local endemic species is one of the activities we have done for many years to transform a run down rural property into a resilient, peaceful and healthy place to live and work.
As a Permaculture enterprise we work to accomplish multiple benefits from everything we do, and our annual revegetation and landscaping efforts are a great way to apply and promote Permaculture.
Using our nursery stock we design and plant to provide multiple functions including windbreaks, bee fodder for our ‘Garden Honey’ hives, native fauna habitat, screening from road noise, seed sources for our nursery propagation, trialling plant ‘thrivability’, and show case our fabulous Midwest flora.
Many of the photos we use for our nursery labels and website come from our own property, and if we are short of time we can just go for a short walk to check out what plant species are coming into flower and seed; and how well our plants are growing.
This 2018 winter season, we have planted out mostly screening shrubs and lower growing flowering plants, on eastern areas near our entry gates including: Cape Burney, Mingenew, White Peak and Oakajee Lace Flower species, White Spike Bottlebrush, Umbrella Bushes, Weeping Acacias, Emu Bushes and Ribbon Peas.
If you are interested in the plant species we have used, take time out and come to nursery and farm to find out what plant species would suit your needs.
We grow local natives plants and provide advice for revegetation and landscaping projects to help conserve and enhance the natural biodiversity here in our Midwest region of Western Australia, as part of our environmental mission.
For 2018, thanks to our team and volunteers we grew over 15,000 pre-ordered seedlings for projects in Geraldton, Chapman Valley, Irwin Shire, Northampton, Greenough, Murchison and Kalbarri.
This included front coastal plants for foreshore protection and enhancement, plants for nature play and bush tucker school gardens, creek line revegetation and stablisation; and environmental community group projects.
We also grow and sell a wide range of Australian and Midwest native plants (over 120 different species) direct to gardeners, property owners and farmers.
Drop into our Nursery for a browse or you can view our range from our Nursery Plants page.