World Environment Day – 5th June 2018 – Beat Plastic Pollution
Tuesday, 5th June is World Environment Day and the focus this year is on reducing plastic waste – so as a little part to support this move, we are asking everyone who has bought tube stock from our nursery, to return the tubes to us so that we can recycle them and reduce the amount of plastic we are creating. Check out the video below to inspire you!!!
If you own land that fronts onto a river or creek, you may be eligible for funding to help you manage the land. The Melbourne Water Stream frontage management program supports work that protects or enhances riverbanks, such as weed control, fencing and planting native vegetation. Candlebark Nursery has worked alongside Melbourne Water and assisted with providing plants for their program over many years. It is wonderful to see how good land management and a focus on revegetation can improve the environment.
The video below is interesting to watch and may be of use to members or friends of Candlebark.
The Victorian floral emblem, the Common Heath grows in heathland, shrubland or open forest as well as being a great plant for a garden. It is generally a small shrub around half to one metre tall, with small stiff leaves. At Candlebark we have both pink and white flowering forms that flower from late autumn to early spring. It is bird attacking and honeyeaters, particularly the eastern spinebill, feed upon the nectar of the flowers.
Our beautiful pots of Common Heath (Epacris impressa) are in full flower.
Following the segment on Gardening Australia in March (see our Facebook post) about creating “jarariums”, one of our wonderful volunteers has created one using Running Marsh Flower and Milfoil – and it looks great. Of course, we have these and a number of other wetland plants that would be perfect for creating your own ‘jararium’ at home.
Our frog pond has been a number of months in the making – maybe up to a year, however, the results from the efforts of our volunteers are here for you to hear. Our frog seems to be very happy and we hope that he / she finds a friend soon!
Just newly created.
If the image below is a black rectangle, if you click on it, it should bring up the video. Enjoy ‘slow TV’ Candlebark style.
At Candlebark Nursery, gauze party bags have a whole different function to normal. Rather than being used to contain lollies, we tie them onto flowering stock plants, wait for a couple of months and then collect the valuable seed which we can then use to propagate new plants. Maybe this is some thing you could do in your garden if you have a plant you are wanting to propagate. We have also used old stockings or tights for the same task but find the party bags are most effective.
The first of our seed cleaning nights on Monday 23rd January was a big success with 12 volunteers attending on a very warm evening. There was lots of cleaning, chatting and eating over the 3 hours that people were at Candlebark Nursery. A big thank you for all the help given to us. Our next evening is Tuesday February 21st. If you can join us to help with processing our collection of seed from 6pm through to about 8.30 – 9.00pm, please send us an email or leave a message on our phone. Email address firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 0499 021 315