Some massive changes at Kangaeroo Corner this week, which is pretty apt for the early summer, but there has been some man-made actions, too, with a tree fern poised to take center stage.
As mentioned earlier this week, the nandina had to go as it was killing all the other trees.
We got a bloke in who meticulously removed the tree.
He gently cared for the golden wattle and alpine cedar gum located precariously closely to the powerfully spreading endemic plant.
And it seems he has saved these two trees.
We then had a powerful typhoon that sent ceaseless rain pounding down on us for about 36 hours.
It was good for the garden, especially the lawn, and it looked especially verdant once the rain had stopped.
That gave me enough time to have one last look at the dicksonia fern we did have.
I thought it may have just enough white root left to be able to save it, so I dug it up once again.
It didn’t look good, but I crossed my fingers and put it back into the pot, hoping for the best.
I then removed another small plant that was taking nutrients away from the sometimes struggling jacaranda.
I got to see the pale white of a healthy root ball.
And that meant the fern was wasting our time. I knew after seeing what a healthy plant’s root system looks like that it was dead.
I immediately withdrew it from the pot and in its place went the red pincushion protea we picked up last weekend.
It’s currently flowering and looks sensational. It will probably get a ground berth next spring, but for the time being, it’s home will be a planter.
Also looing sensational is the grevillea, which appeared to have died in the late-winter, early spring only to hang in and flourish once again this year. It bloomed six times last year. It still looks flimsier than it did this time last year, but is clearly healthy.
The white feather honeymyrtle is also thriving!
I bought tall stakes for many of the trees in the garden as they have grown so high and are starting to bend.
The stakes weren’t as robust as I had hoped, but I will keep my fingers crossed that they will suffice.
Bringing me some of the greatest pleasure of the garden, though, are the kangaroo paw.
Not only is one of the original plants that I thought had died come back to flower again, I also managed to grow some from seed.
Of the dozens of seeds I brought back from Australia last year, almost all died. Only the native wisteria and kangaroo paw made it.
And if at the time of purchase I had been given the choice of only one being able to grow to maturity, it would have been the kangaroo paw, hands down.
So this has made the seed experiment a raging success, even if 99% of the seeds failed to grow (though almost all propagated).
Even more pleasurable is that the kangaroo paw grew in two places: several that I potted together in a large pot; and a couple that sprouted from 100 yen shop growth pods.
The latter have been outside since chilly February, so have done an exceptional job to make it as far as they have.
Tomorrow will also be a garden day as we get the mature tree fern. The tree fern is an Australian native closest to my heart as it is a plant symbolic of the Dandenong Ranges area where I grew up.
More will follow, I’m sure. All in all, the garden is bringing immense joy.