Posts Tagged ‘wildflowers

How to work the rain and beat the buffel

Dec 07, 2012 | Discuss

How to work the rain and beat the buffel

From Alice Springs Landcare A new book is available for people who are managing Buffel Grass to regenerate local native plants. The Alice Springs Bush Regeneration Handbook is a book in two parts: a practical guide for controlling Buffel Grass, and a plant identification guide featuring 150 plants that regenerate after rain. Buffel Grass is a well known introduced grass that is now widespread in Central Australia. Although it is not difficult to treat, there are a number of factors that make imp...Read more

Cottage garden desert-style

Oct 21, 2010 | Discuss

Cottage garden desert-style

If you’re in town this weekend you can learn something more about the wildflowers that have been blowing minds all Spring with a guided walk around the Alice Springs Desert Park. Rebecca Duncan will be running a Wildflower Walk at the Alice Desert Park on Sunday,  showing people who’s who in the wildflower world and advising people how they can grow them in their own gardens. The Alice Springs Desert Park is one of the few places around the Centre that has a good crop of semi-domes...Read more

All things must pass

Oct 03, 2010 | Discuss

If you have been living in a bubble or you keep putting it off because you are too busy, or you live interstate and have a free week but  think you might go the beach like you do every year, be warned. Your time is running out to see the greatest show on Central Australian earth for many years. With long-range forecasters predicting more rain, continuing at least as long as April, there’s a chance we might have two springs of such vivid colour and astonishing growth in a row, but it’...Read more

A walk on the wild side

Sep 17, 2010 | Discuss

A walk on the wild side

“In white man’s times, it’s the best season ever,” proclaims the Alice Springs News this week, quoting Dick Kimber on the subject of his recent trip to the Simpson Desert. Kieran Finanne’s article  puts our amazing wildflower and wildlife season right where it belongs, on the front page of our newspapers. It suggests that the new focus on inland Australia afforded by the rise to power of the three Independents in Federal Parliament should include an awareness of ...Read more

The Spring of the Independents

Sep 07, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Spring of the Independents

Congratulations to Julia Gillard and the Australian Labor Party, but more congratulations to the three independents from regional Australia for their unexpected but timely moment of ascendancy — and the sense of responsibility they have shown to all Australians by their considered actions. I am celebrating the rise of the independents with another walk to the hills at the beautiful centre of this great continent — for too long treated as rubbish country by the coast-clinging majority...Read more

Killing wildflowers: is that a joke?

Sep 01, 2010 | Discuss

Killing wildflowers: is that a joke?

From reader and horticulturalist Chris Brock comes an astonishing report this morning. Noticed the carpets of swainsonia that have suddenly appeared this month to grace our footpaths? In response to a recent post, Chris says: ”If you want to see wildflowers – go no further than Memorial Drive in Gillen next to the School – be quick though as council staff has just sprayed them today. I may have convinced the sprayer to think again about spraying this beautiful carpet of purple ...Read more

Head for the hills

Aug 25, 2010 | Discuss

More rain this week – but, no, the weather we’ve been having lately is not strange. There is no particular season for rain in the Centre. This I discovered when I first came here in the seventies. It was the beginning of March, and from Brisbane I asked my new boss, Bob Watt, if the wet season was over. My ignorance was rewarded with a very short silence and then the response: “We don’t really have one.” What he meant was it rains whenever it feels like it. And to h...Read more

Waiting for the wildflowers, part one.

Jul 15, 2010 | 2 Comments

Waiting for the wildflowers,  part one.

Alice’s wet July has sparked vivid and colourful memories of the Centre’s wettest July on record, back in 1986. As 140 mm fell on the town, my wife Kay and I were living in an old converted bus we called Van Morrison at Wanngardi Caravan Park, 15 km from the centre of town. Apart from the beauty of our site, which backed on to Roe Creek, with a striking view of Temple Bar Gap beyond it, our new lifestyle had its challenges. The summer had been hot, as all summers are, and the bus...Read more