How not to stake trees.
This is an excellent example how not to stake a tree.
This is a Eucalyptus erythrocorys tree growing in a road verge in the City of Mandurah.
The tie is too high, it is too tight and it has been left on too long.
Trees staked like this have not been given the opportunity to strengthen their roots by moving in the wind. Wind movement encourages the trunk cells to become more flexible and it also encourages the roots to spread, giving more support to the tree.
When staking trees like this the trees tend to grow taller causing a decrease in trunk diameter. Another reason for the tree to become weaker.
A tree grown in more natural conditions will develop a more supportive trunk that should support the tree for its whole life.
How not to stake a tree.
This is the result of making the tree tie too tight.
With the expansion of the tree trunk as the tree grows, the tree tie is ringbarking the tree, which will ultimately kill the tree.
With this particular tree in a City of Mandurah road verge, a concerned resident removed the tie to stop the ringbarking of the trunk by the tree tie. Soon afterwards there was a strong wind and the result you can see below.
The tree stake has been removed and the tree is unable to support itself.
Photographed from a different angle you can see that this tree was flowering with the beautiful red caps and bright yellow flowers of the Eucalyptus erythrocorys. It would be impossible to save this tree.
This shows how the tree has become too weak at the root level and was unable to hold itself up.
This is an example of very poor staking of a young Jacaranda tree in a City of Armadale car park.
Cable ties should definitely not be used for staking trees.
Here the cable ties are so tight that they are already strangling the tree.
Another Jacaranda in the City of Armadale car park. This has also been staked using cable ties.
Using one stake like this also restricts the movement of the tree and when the stake has not been installed deep enough, it falls over along with the tree.
Another example of poor staking by City of Armadale. Corymbia maculata poorly staked using 3 stakes that are too tight, too high and too low. This stops the tree from having any movement at all.
Banksia menziesii flowering now with different coloured flowers.
This photo is of a dwarf form of Banksia menziesii which is growing in Keysbrook in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. It was grown from seed that we purchased and propagated, not realising that it was a dwarf form which flowers prolifically. There are different forms of this Banksia menziesii and it is not unusual to find ones that have yellow flowers in amongst plants with the common red/orange flower form. However, there are even more differences to be found in Banksia woodlands, "A vast range of distinctive colours occurs naturally - yellow-gold, cream, pale yellow, salmon-pink, dark pink-red, burgundy, bronze and chocolate". (Banksias. Kevin Collins, Kathy Collins & Alex George. Blooming Books Pty Ltd. 2008.)
The flowers in this photo are a pink/yellow flower.
A close-up photo of one of the flowers of the yellow flowering tree on the left.
Banksia menzeisii flowering now with different coloured flowers.
Two Banksia menziesii trees on our neighbour's block here in Oakford. The tree on the left has yellow flowers and the tree on the right has the more common red/orange flowers.
A close-up photo of one of the flowers of the red/orange flowering tree on the right.
Banksia menziesii has two common names, Menzies' Banksia or Firewood Banksia. It is sad to think that over the years many Banksia menziesii have been destroyed only to be used as firewood.
Banksia menziesii was named after Archibald Menzies who was a surgeon-naturalist on the Discovery expedition of 1791-1795. The trees grow to approximately 10m high and the shrubs, as shown in the top photo, to about 3 metres high. The trees are found naturally growing along the west coast of Western Australia from the Murchison River in the north to Pinjarra in the south. They prefer to grow in deep sand which is the type of sand that we have here in Oakford and is also found in Keysbrook where the top photo was taken.
These trees make attractive small trees for Perth gardens or nature strips/road verges. They are a valuable food source for birds and insects, in particular the Pygmy Possums which now, sadly, are seldom seen due to their habitat being destroyed by us for housing developments.
Perth Garden Festival, 1 day left!
Come and experience delightful weather and beautiful displays. There are lots of plants to purchase and to admire.
This is at the entrance of our site at the Perth Garden Festival 2017.
We have help on site for anyone wishing to establish a beautiful native garden.
The Australian Native Nursery and Boxed Green Working Together
to provide useful advice and help with how to grow and maintain a beautiful Australian native garden.
Graeme from Boxed Green giving advice at the Perth Garden Festival.
The Baileys Hanging Basket Competition.
Our staff entered four hanging baskets which are in the middle photo.
Tegan on the left and Sarah on the right entered the junior competition. Here they are displaying their baskets after making them in our nursery with our plants.
None of us received any awards but we had great fun designing and planting our baskets. There was also competition between us all in the potting shed. It was great fun.
This is a photo of the winning basket. It is a well deserved win. We are going to have to improve our hanging basket designs if we want to beat any competition next year!
The Perth Garden Festival 2017, we are there!
The Perth Garden Festival starts tomorrow 27th April through to Sunday 30th April. The Australian Native Nursery site is No. 110 which is on the Canning Highway side of the Festival area. We have 183 different Western Australian native species for sale in forestry tubes @ $5.00 ea. All of our plants are well labelled with useful information on how to make your native gardening a success. We also have Sue, Hazel and Graeme from Boxed Green on site. Boxed Green are experienced landscapers using Western Australian native species, so if you need help, this is the site to get it. If you would like Sue and Graeme to visit your garden to help you gain further landscaping confidence, they have gardening packages which includes site visits. Just ask them at Site 110 for the information.
183 is the number of species available at our site
We are at Site No. 110.
Karen sitting in our completed display in the Nursery and Garden Industry marquee.
Perth Garden Festival 2017.
The theme of our display is:
Gardening with natives is as easy as black & white.
Here is the large flower arrangement we have done on the Nursery and Garden Industry site. Included in the arrangement are, Banksia menziesii flowers, Banksia prionotes flowers, Eucalyptus macrocarpa flowers, Eucalyptus rhodantha flowers, Eucalyptus eudesmoides and Eucalyptus rudis leaves.
Our completed display at the Perth Garden Festival 2017.
Please come and visit our Site 110 at the Perth Garden Festival.
The weather forecast is good but it is important to wear sun protection.
We are open for retail sales Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Our updated list of Australian native plant species that are for sale in our retail nursery
has been updated on this website.
We have a large range of plants from strappy leaved plants, ground covers, low, medium and tall shrubs, through to trees of all sizes. We have also included on the list plants that we have for sale in bigger pots. They are not all Autumn flowering. Below are photos of some of the native tubestock that we presently have for sale.
By Nancy / in General / March 24, 2017
For a comprehensive list of the plants that are for sale this weekend from off our Display Trailer, click below.
Species on the Trailer March 2017
Australian native gardens attract interesting native creatures.
Here are two interesting native creatures attracted to our garden and native plant nursery this week.
Golden Orb Spiders.
These Golden Orb Spiders are a friendly addition to gardens. Their venom is not lethal to humans. Any reaction would be a bit of local pain and blisters that disappear in one day. These spiders are found in many parts of the world, not just in the southwest of Western Australia. Research has indicated that they grow bigger in areas where there is human habitation. One suggestion is that this is where there is more food available to them.
My problem is that they often like to build their webs across a pathway. Their webs are difficult to see, particularly at night or when the sun is not shining on them. I walked into this one twice on two consecutive nights, almost completely destroying the web . I did not hear any swearing from the spider, but I can imagine what she might have said! I have now tied coloured string around the nearby posts to stop human access through her web.
Bearded Dragons used to be very common in the area in which we live. Unfortunately us humans are too keen on clearing bushland and so removing their habitat. However, our garden is becoming increasingly full of a great range of Australian native plants. Hopefully these are providing an improved environment for these lovely creatures.
By Nancy / in General / February 26, 2017
Please come and join us for our Garden Information Hour with
Matthew Lunn, CEO of NGIWA.
Matthew Lunn has a wealth of experience in horticulture and as a landscaper here in Western Australia. He understands the many problems that gardeners can experience, particularly if they have only done gardening in places other than in the soils of Western Australia.
Matthew is the CEO of the Nursery and Garden Industry here in Western Australia. Part of his job is visiting nursery members and giving encouragement and advice. He also informs members about matters within our industry. This also includes information about outside opportunities. Bio-security threats to our industry are also important. One up-coming opportunity for nurseries is to be displaying and selling at the Perth Garden Festival 27th April - 30th April in McCallum Park, Victoria Park. We will be there with a large range of tubestock for sale. However, if you would like to see an even bigger range of tubestock, ask questions or even tell us how proud you are of your garden, you will be very welcome to join us on the 11th March for our Garden Information Hour.
If you would like to come we would appreciate an email: email@example.com, or a phone call on: 08 9525 1324 so that we can arrange enough seating and cater for morning tea. This Information Hour is kindly being supported by the Water Corporation.
Sue's Western Australian Native Garden.
Sue is a customer of ours who is justifiably proud of her beautiful suburban garden.
If we all had gardens like Sue's, just imagine the wonderful bird, insect and animal life we would have in our gardens.
Gardening like this is one way we can all help in the fight against Global Warming. This garden would require little, or no, irrigation.
Imagine how satisfying it must be for Sue to sit on her verandah and look out at this beautiful scene with taller trees and shrubs in the background and smaller shrubs and groundcovers in front.
The winding path is an attractive feature of this part of the garden. Sue said that it was designed to hide a workshop/garden shed.
These three shrubs would make a great addition to suburban gardens but they are only suitable for a larger garden.
Kunzea baxteri does not have a flush of flowers all at once. It has a few flowers over about a 4 month period from spring into summer. With these two Hakeas, Sue will have flowering from June to October. Hakea neurophylla has the common name of Pink-flowered Hakea. It is endemic to Coorow and the Mt. Lesueur National Park. Hakea obtusa, like many other Hakeas, does not have a common name. It is endemic to Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Hakea orthorrhyncha or Bird-beak Hakea. The nuts look like a birds beak.
This hakea is native to the northern sandplains of the Murchison River down as far south as Three Springs. It does, however, grow well in the Perth metropolitan area. It is a spreading shrub that grows to approximately 3 metres high. It is interesting because the flowers grow in clusters along the old wood. It is a brilliant red and very showy when flowering.
Banksia media, the Southern Plains Banksia.
This Banksia is native to the south coast of Western Australia from the eastern end of the Stirling Range to Israelite Bay with a few more smaller locations. It is a tall shrub or small tree which can grow up to 10 metres. It is adaptable because it grows in sand, loam and clay.
Banksia prionotes ACORN BANKSIA attracting a
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
This little bird is looking a bit wet because we are experiencing
some unusual summer rain today.
The Banksia prionotes ACORN BANKSIA growing in a Rocket Pot with the flower on which the Honeyeater was sitting.
Our SPECIAL this week is a limited number of
Banksia prionotes in Rocket pots, like this one,
for sale@ $80.00 ea.
Banksia prionotes ACORN BANKSIA (sometimes called Orange Banksia) is a small tree or large shrub. It has beautiful large orange and yellow flowers. It flowers from January to August. This long flowering period makes it a great addition to any large garden.
Banksia prionotes is endemic to a southwest of Western Australia and has been found from Carnarvon in the north, the Wheatbelt and almost to the south coast of Western Australia.
New Holland Honeyeaters Phylidonyris novaehollandiae are commonly seen around our nursery. They love the dense foliage and continual supply of nectar from the flowering plants that we have throughout the year. New Holland Honeyeaters have black and white streaked plumage and a distinct yellow wing patch. To distinguish them from the White-Cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris nigra, they do not have a prominant white cheek and have a white ring around their eyes. The White-Cheeked Honeyeater has a dark eye.
It is a lively bird and its shrill notes are a feature of the bird chorus in our nursery and gardens.