Creating a bird attracting garden

Friends S and K have been hard at work near the South Hobart area reworking part of their expansive garden, in order to create a happy space for birds to visit. ‘The first image is looking towards the granny flat in the background. The other pic is taken from the granny flat down towards the street.’

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S told me ‘I don’t think I can remember all plants we have taken out but definitely a few Red hot pokers, a tree dahlia, quite a few grapevines which weren’t doing well on the eastern side of the house and a tree with beautiful blue trumpet like flowers which smelled terrible.

New plants that went in are Correa alba and reflexa; Callistemon viridiflorus; Kings Park Special; Acacia cognata; Leptospermum varieties Copper Glow, Pink Cascade, Julie Ann and Mesmer Eyes; Micrantheum; Lomandras and grasses; Sandflowers; Kangaroo Paws and the Hardenbergia to cover the outdoor shower ( yes, we have hot water!). And a few more…

Someone mentioned once to me you should always over plant as not all plants will survive. Well, apart from some plants growing slowly and maybe not exactly thriving, touch wood they have all survived so far. It’s been a challenge to get a few taller shrubs growing along the fence line due to the neighbour’s big established trees. The first plants went in around August 2018. The Acacia turned out to be a lot taller than we expected and was very slow growing initially. We are unsure if the drainage pipe from the outdoor shower that runs past might have helped it along.’

Since their hard work, the transformation is magnificent.

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The revamped garden is on the eastern side of our house and ‘we turned the old part with grass and lots of weeds into a native bird attracting garden.’ The photo above was taken in the early establishment days. Below you can see the profusion and healthy advancement of the plants as time has passed. S says ‘And this is the latest picture. Same angle as the first picture. It wasn’t worth taking a shot from the top perspective as all you can see is the Acacia!’

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I love the look of this wonderful achievement. But undoubtedly the birds have the greatest win. These trees and bushes provide wonderful safe habitats for them to flit within. In addition, the nuts and seeds are a source of food, as are the insects that live in and around these plants. Great job S and K!

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