A VERY WET YEAR INDEED!
Wow, we are water logged-here down on the lower paddocks all so much water- quite sloppy - so much grass- rediculous- we need 100 head of cattle-to mow it down. Only two horses is not going to work! Mowing-slashing trying to set up some fire breaks- but it all looks fabulous! Getting more road repairs done- so much water damage- Happy with my (earth bank) project- coming along nicely- but need to plant a lot more stuff- all the shrubs are going well- but need more perrinnials- daisies-and grasses. I am planning to get a Garden/greenhouse/Orchid house! so thats something to work towards.Our birdlife here is amazing- love our Apostle birds- here they are all lined up- we have counted approx 20. Go to the Birdlife page! all our Bony Mountain birds ! ah well ,some of them!
A WONDERFUL SEASON 2022
Here we are in 2022 now but still getting storms-rain - all still so green. we have measured around 100 mls- in the last few days! so a very wet Autumn, Trees are all loving it- Both Ben & I have been mowing madly- but big job-on 100 acres! plus I try to tidy entrances-keep the roadside tidy- Council do not do as much as they should! mowing keeping the roads safe & tidy. On some bends the grass is so high-you can't see whats coming really. Aah well, I'll keep plugging away! I often think other women are inside being good housewives- I'm out Mowing-planting- I am addicted to the outdoors! I hope you are all loving this Autumn weather- getting some windy days - I love my natives-but through all the droughts-dry times-I get a lot of joy from my potted plants- some rather exotic- but they bring colour & greenery to an otherwise very brutal landscape! All is green now-but this is Australia- and there will always be droughts- and even just a little piece of paradise is wonderful! I have native blue hibiscus! but this color is intense! I will not take this page down- to update its good to keep as a reference!
LOVE BLUE IN THE GARDEN- THIS NATIVE HIBISCUS! WHAT A STUNNER!
These are all my house garden-not many natives here- love this little daisy-always so bright & colourful! flowers nearly all year round!
Still pretty new-in pots but what a splash of colour!
BIRD OF PARADISE
Love these Strelitzia-but looks like a bird- gorgeous strappy leaves- ours is flowering now!
FLOWERING NATIVES & our precious Koala family!
All our hard work years ago is paying off now -all the shrubs in the corridors are flowering- these are Grevillias--several varieties- (one of our koalas ) Also all the Bottle Brush are flowering down the drive ! what a display! and the Grevillias-over at the Festival gardens- the birds (honey eaters) are all feasting- our bird life here at Bony Mountain is thriving! Phil- my partner feeds the birds-here at the Bungalow- he spends about $11 per week he said- but worth it to have all the birds around! Our cockatoos are outrageous- also the Apostle Birds- Parrots (several species) they let you know when the food is gone! we put them out over at the Festival site- Koalas & others can get a drink too! seeing a lot of Echidna activity - so they are busy too.
ONE OF OUR WALLABY FAMILY
One even came into the barn recently- looking for water no doubt- we love our wildlife-like to think we are giving them sanctuary-and a safe place to rear their babies! Sadly they were being attacked by ticks! but the ticks all gone now with the rain!
OUR CHRISTMAS KOALA
This little darling came in on Xmas day and joined us! We often hear them -but rarely see them-they are pretty private people!
PAIR OF KING PARROTS
We love these guys-they come & go- but pop in for a feed every now & then. Colours are so spectacular! we have been putting up lots of nesting boxes-for our feathered friends!
BURNING OFF-FOR 2020 - will burn off in 2022
Well we welcome all the glorious rain & all the green grass- only downside is Mowing- mowing! but I love my rideon & enjoy the Mowing- just watch out for the Stumpy Tails! And part of my Landcare-maintanance is mowing weeds-before they can seed-or germinate! Mowing/slashing is so good for the paddocks- and is how we have controlled some of the biggest pests. Photo here of one of our magnificent (Tipuana Trees) -an exotic I admit-but I have a whole new respect for them after the prolonged drought. They came through with flying colours- can be fed to stock- they are a legume- and so fast growing! PICTURED HERE we will be burning off some big piles during May/June- 2022
THE FESTIVAL GARDENS
Planting- mowing-more planting & creating a magical garden for my Grandkids! Sue -a mate-arrived with Motorhome full of Bromiliads- never grown them! so a learning experience! but they will be fabulous-& add to the magic! plants growing up trees?
I am so thrilled with my Brigalow trees- they love Bony Mountain! and are all thriving-in spite of the relentless dry - they have proven to me they are exceptional- and are now totally self sufficient!
Have planted several bushes at Festival site- I love daisies & their happy little faces! So hoping they will be in full bloom at Festival time! to bring a bit of colour to the place.
Choofs- I call them-we love them -they alert us to Goannas-snakes & are part of the family! George- our little doggie-runs out if they set up a chorus! Shown here in the feeder!
All our birds love the Casuarinas-these blokes pop in -but seem to more frequent- hope they make Bony Mountain their home!
PIN CUSHION HAKEA
I adore these shrubs-grew one at Uralla- the Black Cockies loved it-ate it every year! but our little birds enjoy this one! its right in my inner garden-very protected! Hoping the Black Cockies come in here at some point! have planted 100s of Casuarinas hoping to lure them here!
Grown from a cutting! this gorgeous mauve Hibiscus!
All of my potted garden- I Grew this Hibiscus myself from a cutting- so thrilled with this result- now Flowering in January! Might be a bit frivolous -but I reckon these beautiful flowers are great therapy- in a drought.
Establishing grasses everywhere I can- they are such an easy thing to grow!
Mulching- mulching- can never do enough-
This is back a couple of years! no longer any mulch hay available! all needed for stock feed. However I am planning a big woodchip project- to completely cover all these areas- The hay disappears too quickly- this endless drought has really brought us to our knees! I have lost so many trees, so many plants!
OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS -THE BEGINNING!
Our Bony Mountain Folk Festival-SEPTEMBER 17-18-19 -for 2021 all finished- I felt so proud of the gardens- they looked fantastic! a Highlight every September! we will put water points around the Festival site- for wildlife- birds- this past year has made us more aware of the (lack of water). Our troughs for horses-provide a water point- but we need to look at Koala-Kangaroos- that don't want to come right in close! So that will be a priority -also more mulching is desperate- mulch dissapears so fast here. Hope your gardens are surviving?
A BEGINNING-OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS !
FESTIVAL 2022- SEPTEMBER TBA www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com
2021-THE YEAR OF THE GREEN!
Well we will welcome all the glorious rain & all the green grass- only downside is Mowing- mowing! but I love my rideon & enjoy the Mowing- just watch out for the Stumpy Tails! And part of my Landcare-maintanance is mowing weeds-before they can seed-or germinate! Mowing/slashing is so good for the paddocks- and is how we have controlled some of the biggest pests. Photo here of one of our magnificent (Tipuana Trees) -an exotic I admit-but I have a whole new respect for them after the prolonged drought. They came through with flying colours- can be fed to stock- they are a legume- and so fast growing! PICTURED HERE
OUR RAINFALL SO FAR FOR -BONY MOUNTAIN- UP TO FEB 12TH- OUR TALLY- 342. ML -13 INCHES IN THE OLD MEASUREMENT.
NORMA MOWING/SLASHING BACK IN JULY.
Slashing plays a big part in our landcare- slashing weeds-before they can seed- slashing rubbish- and general maintenance of grounds.
BURNING OFF IN AUGUST
Burning off so important to keep control of the rubbish- fallen branches-dead trees- cactus- this was a big pile in Condamine Camp.
PRATTEN FIRE BRIGADE-
They are a dedicated bunch of Volunteers- very grateful for their good work!
A POST FROM 2017- BUT STILL RELEVANT!
I have had some comments on planting Peppercorns (or Pepperinas) as the locals call them, but I grew up with Peppercorn trees & we learned from (Roc) our old stallion that the peppercorns are marvelous for arthritis! Horses will always self medicate if they can, and select medicinal plants, Peppercorns (medicinal) and Willow (medicinal) they contain Aspirin. I recall one little Qtr Horse mare (pregnant) used to stop & eat one particular native plant! it was obvious it gave her something she needed. Everyone with cattle or horses should consider what they grow in the paddocks with self medication in mind! makes sense to me. Looking at our corridors now though I have had success with the Brigalow, Kurrajongs, (not many) Bushy Sugar Gums ,are a bit touchy-(need more water) . But as I said the SHEOAKS Casuarinas win the award for the most rewarding ,most suitable trees here! And a mate stopped the other day to have a yarn and he suggested if I plant enough of them the Black Cockatoos might move in ? We love Black Cockys, we had them at Uralla in New England but they do live here! They can be a bit destructive they just about ate our Hakeas , but enjoyed having them around. The hakea are a beautuful bush they do grow here naturally and their seeds are great food for the bigger birds, so I should look at an understory of Hakea? the ideal habitat for so many birds . Looking at all we have planted here & with summer looming, it just inspires me to plant even more! Simply because a dense habitat protects all of us, but mostly our birds, our Wallabies, Kangaroos, they really appreciate the shade, shelter and Koalas can pop up any tree as protection instead of covering large open spaces where they become vulnerable! After the tornado we had here a few years ago my Neighbour (in his wisdom) got the bulldozer in and flattened nearly all the trees on his side, our western side which has become a windswept no mans land for wildlife! I do look on the positive though, at least we will never be burnt out from that side. But no rest ! more planting/mulching/ etc for 2017 when the weather is nicer.
MORE PHOTOS SOON!
How great your big scale garden is norm,I just have suburban backyard birds,lorikeets,parrots & honey eaters but love watching them !
Bill & Eunice Bell SA
Amazing projects enjoy watching the progress it's a credit to you Bill & Eunice
Norma O'Hara Murphy
Had over 50 ml in last 2 weeks! late November -early December! looking good for 2021. Happy Xmas everyone- happy gardening! Luv xxxx
Norma O'Hara Murphy
November -had more rain- great for the gardens!
Norma O'Hara Murphy
About to update the photos of our corridors- so much growth! the rain has just given them all a big growth spurt!
Norma O'Hara Murphy
Amazing rain- dam overflowing-everything has sprung back to life! well almost everything!
Lyn & Kel. XX
Hey Norma. Just LOVED reading about your beautiful place, plants, birds & other wildlife. We share your enthusiasm for the wonder of nature despite the harsh climate. Praying for rain out your way.
Thanks Lyn- I enjoy this web site- it is my visual diary! spurs me on- in these tough times! XX
Bill Cassidy Tamworth
It is a struggle-we are out of water-but using bath/house water to keep things going -water restrictions don't help cheers Bill Cassidy
Yeah same in most places Bill- just got to focus on keeping stuff alive! we are buying water- our bore is not coping!
Love what you are doing
thanks Lyn- its a far cry from your lush garden- but we do love it here- its the real bush! xxx
Dave Reynolds Geelong
love your site very interesting do you have any more field days regards Dave
Thanks Dave-I use it as my visual Diary- spurs me onto better things!
I agree adore sunflowers very interesting your comments on medicinal plants etc love this web site Marlene
Norma O'Hara Murphy
In relation to some much maligned trees/plants- so many have real value? for medicinal-useful purposes?
Norma O'Hara Murphy
Thank you Marlene- yes I'm a bit passionate about all things growing? organic- guess I'm a greenie -but a fair dinkum one! Luv Norma xxx
Jenny Marburg Sunshine Coast
love the orchid how gorgeous I am a tree nut like you ,more the better we appreciate our trees more in the heat! Love Jenny