Saturday, 13 February 2016

Transforming my verge - Part 2

It has been one and a half years since I began transforming my verge by planting natives.

I am sad to report that it hasn't been as successful as I had hoped.

Most of the tube stock didn't survive the first summer - the only ones that did were these Eremophilas:

Newly planted tube stock.
One and a half years of growth (despite little care).

I did restock from the Friends of Kings Park native plant sale and City of Vincent's Local Native Plant Sale.

Sadly, most of those also didn't survive too well either but here is a photo of my verge currently:

Native verge Feb 2016

I'm not 100% certain but I think the following are the factors that contributed to plant deaths:

  1. Neglect from me - not watering regularly through summer.
  2. Dog pee - at least 3 plants killed.
  3. Being covered - I had another mountain of mulch delivered and they dumped all over 3 plants.
  4. Child using plant as trampoline - 1 victim.

I am working on Point 1 this summer but short of (temporarily) fencing off my verge, I am not sure what I can do about the other causes of fatalities.

Still, I am having fun - seeing some of them flourish and flower.  Come April, I will get more tubestock from the City of Vincent Local Native Plant sale to replace the dead plants.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Community Connect - TT Mt Hawthorn 20 February - Invitation

Join us for a day of sharing, learning and connecting on Saturday 20 February, between 3 and 9pm at the Castellorizian House, 160 Anzac Road in Mount Hawthorn.

Transition Town Mount Hawthorn works to strengthen our local community connections and empower people to tread lightly on this earth.
We are holding a family fun event event with a focus on meeting neighbours and engaging with people you have not met before. This will be our first bigger event in 2016.

Schedule for the day:
3-5 pm swap mart - no selling, just sharing. Bring your clothes, household items and bric-ar-brac you would like to pass on. All items to be in good condition. What has not found a new home is to be taken back.

If you find something you like, consider making a donation to TTMtHawthorn.

4-5 pm composting workshop – Kim – registration via meetup 20 places available, free of charge

5-6 pm games for adults and kids

6-9 pm community dinner – bring a plate of food to share, your own plates, cutlery and cups. Tell your friends and bring them along.

Please register via meetup or send an email to We would like to get an idea on how many people are coming.