Native Wildlife

Verge Planting – Brisbane City Council Guidelines

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The Brisbane City Council have finally given in to pressure from green-fingered residents and now has a policy to allow gardening on verges or native strips in front of houses. Their guidelines were announced in August 2016 and updated in March 2017. They can be accessed here and the Brisbane Times article with some interesting [...]

What sort of garden do you want?

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When I started this garden and looked around at options, there was talk about low maintenance, sustainability (a much misused word), permaculture, and even using a garden as an extension of the house - with massive outdoor kitchens. So much choice, opinion, and conflicting advice. What to do? The first thing to consider is your [...]

Another Blue Tongue

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Blue tongue in the back garden near the cycad. They have a burrow near the post of the retaining wall.

Blue Tongues – August / September 2014

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I think we have at least 3 lizards of different generations but this is the first time I have seen two in the same place at the same time. It is a sunny spot in the south-east corner. The sun comes through under the wattle tree and they have found a spot with a heavy [...]

Cotton Harlequin Bug

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This not so little bug - about 1.5 cm long - is enjoying the sun on the native hibiscus out the front. Cotton Harlequin Bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus) See more about them at http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_stinkbugs/Harlequin.htm