"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

"Breathe deep, fly high, seek peace"

-Skybax rider motto

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


When we first moved in back in January I noticed, right down the back of the olive grove some scratchings in the dirt & some little brown marbles here & there.
I thought well if they stay down here, I can put up with them.
Unfortunately due to the lack of rain the horrible little critters decided it was time to come closer & have a nibble.  The weeds down their neck of the woods had all been eaten or started to shrivel up.
Last Tuesday night we were away camping for the night & took Bella dog with us, one night & the wabbits moved it!
Im hoping they decided they didn't like Aloe juice enough to  come back, but they did sample each one.  Since then we have had some lovely longed for rain, so here's hoping the weeds down yonder will keep them happy.  Otherwise I will become murderous, there's nothing surer.
 On another note I think I may have discovered the name of my mystery shrub.  This one was for sale at the local garden centre, so one could assume that my shrub came from there.
Any way grows to 5m & is quite drought hardy, so hopefully I will get a lovely flower display next year.  I pruned it very hard in Feb as it was struggling, but not knowing what it was I pruned it at the wrong time of the year & lost all the flowers :(

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Gum Tree's

A few of my the gum trees on my property, some I have planted, some already here.
Eucalyptus tetragona - a beautiful straggly mallee
I planted this little guy on the 1st of April, 3 months later he is starting to push through some new growth.
Eucalyptus tetragona
 Eucalyptus tetragona or white marlock is a hybrid, I cant seem to find anywhere that will tell me its ultimate height, but I gather its quite small.
 I love the silvery leaves & the gorgeous new growth, by all accounts it should have cream to yellow flowers, we shall see!
Oops someone got in the way

Eucalyptus rhodantha
 This is a well established Euc & Im not 100% sure, but going on the time of flowering I think its rodantha, which is indigenous to the Avon area, the leaves & gum nuts are just devine.
rodantha gumnut babies.
 A beautiful big lemon scented gum at the front gate
Eucalyptus citriodora
 Illyarrie, another spectacular West Aussie gum well established next to the lemon scented gum.
Eucalyptus erythrocorys gumnuts
 My new baby illyarrie, their new growth is so pretty & they grow so fast!
Eucalyptus erythrocorys

 the previous photo & next photo are of the same eucalypt, growing on the eastern fence.
there are quite a few of them, Im not sure which one they are, a guess Eucalypt torquata.
Maybe I will be able to tell when they flower.
guessing Eucalypt torquate - coral gum

another on the eastern fence I am unsure of
 My new baby mottlecah - Eucalyptus macrocarpa
this was another gum given to me by my parents for my birthday
cant wait for it to flower, as they have the largest flowers of the genus & are so spectacular.
This little beauty is also a mallee & should grow to approx. 3m
Eucalyptus macrocarpa
 Southern cross mallee was planted on the 25th May & this will grow into a pretty little tree with yellow flowers in summer.

Eucalyptus crucis
There are heaps more which I will catalogue as well.