Years of hard work and devotion by native lovers Bob and Wendy Folks has created a cornucopia of exotic natives beloved by birds. The first photo is one of their beautiful plants at maturity, the second is a peak at where it all began, the third the walk they have created. Next time it's open make sure you have a look, some of the plants are truly breathtaking.
We bought the property in mid 1996, (17 acres), all it had was a sheep trough and water meter.
As soon as it was ours we begun planting, the idea was to plant trees and shrubs around the boundary as a wind break.
Our first plantings, tube stock in crooked rows of plastic sleeves.
Spring 1996, looking South toward Farrell Flat
From little things, big things grow.
At the time we lived in Whyalla, and could only come down every 3 to 4 weeks on weekends, to water previous plantings and then plant more. It was a surprise to us that even during summer most survived the tough start.
A fair proportion of our early plantings were grown from seed collected in Whyalla and from various trips and the rest bought.
Our soil is nice red clay, wet, frosty and yucky in winter, dry and like concrete in summer. Our attitude was to try, and if a plant did not survive then try something else. There were trees that we grew from seed collected in QLD that did not survive the first winter, and some others are still struggling after some 16 years.
You will see evidence of @%? rabbits, that is why some of our small plants have wire rings around them. An update, in the last couple of weeks we may have had Callissi go through as the dog has found several dead rabbits.
I have mown a walking track that meanders through the trees and shrubs.
A flat dropper identifies points of interest. On it is a location number that corresponds to the LOCATIONS sheet listing the plants of interest.
Where necessary there is an arrow on a post or dropper to show where to go.
The walk takes you around the perimeter of the property, in a clockwise direction.
Starting at the gate on our access to High Street, head West passed Loc 1 & 2.
Then turn North parallel to Farrell Flat Road to the top of our drive, from Loc 3 to 16.
Down the drive, passed the shed, our backyard and into the next series of trees, Loc 17 to 19.
Through the trees parallel to the adjacent farm paddock, passed Loc 20 to 23
Finally turn West and exit, passing Loc 24 to 27
The walk is probably a over 1km. and should take in more than an hour.
There is an ants nest between the start and end gates, there is another toward the end of the walk near where you turn and walk down toward the exit gate.
There is no neat path, it is uneven in places, there are twigs and small rocks, so solid foot wear is recommended.
The walk is not disabled friendly.
There is the occasional low branch, so watch where you are going.
There are occasionally snakes, if you see one stop and let it get away.
If it is forecast to be fairly warm, make sure that you have sufficient water.
There are no toilet facilities available.
PLANTS IDENTIFIED FOR THE WALK
A. Cultriformis (Knife Leaf Wattle) - shrub
A. Fimbriata (Fringed wattle) – large shrub
A. Menzii – no further information.
A. Paradoxa (Kangaroo Thorn) – a low shrub, has very fine prickles.
A. Pendula (Weeping Myall) – large tree
A. Stenophylla (River Cooba) – large tree, common along the River Murray, spreads root suckers.
Angophora Costata – Large tree in the same family as Eucalypts.
Araucaria Cunninghamii (Hoop Pine) – medium to large tree, here it is slow growing.
Callistemons - we have a number growing incl. Callistemon Taree Pink
C. Cristata (Belah) – small to large tree.
C. Glauca (Swamp Oak) – suckering tree.
Banksias - Only a few Banksias tolerate the clay
B. Occidentalis – small to medium shrub
B. Praemorsa – small to large shrub.
Brachychiton - we have several types growing icl.
B. Rupestris (QLD Bottle Tree)
Bursaria Spinosa (Sweet Bursaria) - small shrub
Dodaonea Hexandra – small shrub
Dryandra - generally do not tolerate the clay. We have one growing but have lost its name.
Eremophila - Most grow well here and there are numerous examples, notably along the drive.
E. Macdonnelli – low shrub, purple to violet flowers.
Eucalypts (incl Corymbia) – we have heaps not all are shown for the walk
Corimbia Citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum) - large tree, slow to establish until above frost line.
Corimbia Ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum) – small tree, grown for its prolific flowers, here it is slow growing.
E. Brockwayii (Dundas Mahogany) – medium to tall tree, roots are reputed to put out a natural herbercide
E. Cosmophylla (Cup Gum) – small mallee from Mt. Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island.
E. Diversicolor (Karri) – tall tree from WA.
E. Fasciculosa – medium tree
E. Grossa (Thick Leaf Mallee) – unusually thick leaves.
E. Kingsmilli (Wing Fruited Mallee) - from Great Victoria Desert, a tall mallee, has distinctive buds and seed capsules, ours has not flowered yet.
E. Kruseana (Kruse’s Mallee) – small malleee, greenish/yellow flowers between the leaves.
E. Macrocarpa (Mottlecah) – reputed to have the largest flower of any Eucalypt, grows with varying success, some thrive, some struggle.
E. Megacornuta (Warty Yate) – distinctive warty buds.
E. Melanophloia (Silver Leafed Iron Bark) – grown from seed collected in QLD.
E. Occidentalis (Swamp Yate) – Medium to small tree, grows well.
E.Platypus (Round Leafed Moort – commonly creamy/yellow flowers less common is red.
E. Pimpiniana (Pimpin Mallee) – from Great Victoria Desert, low malle .5 to 2 metres tall.
E. Rhodantha – small mallee, downward pointing flowers
E. Stricklandii – small to medium tree, numerous planted
E. Syderoxolon (Red Iron Bark) – tall tree, very rough dark bark, doesn’t like frost when small.
E. Tetragona (Tallerback) – small mallee with attractive silver foliage.
E. Tetraptera (Four Winged Mallee) – Sprawling mallee, thick leathery leaves, we have several growing.
E. Globulus (Tasmanian Blue Gum) – very tall tree.
E Yougiana – reputed to have the largest nut of any eucalypt.
Unamed from seed collected in Nth Qld, some really struggle in winter are growing reasonably well.
E. Not Maculata, grown from seed, initially thought to be E. Maculata, but it is not.
Grevilleas – many thrive in the clay including G. Winpara Gem and G. Olivacea
G. Ellendale shrub, grows exceptionally well here, honey eaters love it, could be used as a hedge.
G. Lavandulacea Chetwynd - shrub
G. Rosmarinifolia – shrub
G. Umnamed – seedlings that oriniated in Whyalla, all are diffierent.
Hakeas - most Hakeas grow well here and we have planted many.
Hakea Burendong Beauty – large spreading shrub, masses of red flowers in late winter/early spring.
Hakea Corymbosa (Cauliflower Hakea) – small shrub rigid pointed leaves, flowers winter/spring.
Hakea Laurina (Pin Cushion Hakea) – grows well (can suffer from wind damamge)
Hakea Victoriae (Royal Hakea) – Medium shrub. thick prickly colourful leaves, insignificant flowers.
Hakea Petiolaris (Sea Urchin Hakea) – Large shrub
M. Halmaturorum spreading shrub , here it is slow growing.
Santalum Acuminatum (Quandong) – semi parasitic shrub.
Templetonia Retusa – small shrub, 2 forms red and orange
Three cheers for our volunteers.
Last weekend saw Burra, Farrell Flat and Hallett busy with the large number of visitors to our area for Open Gardens weekend. Cafes in Burra were pretty well standing room only with visitors staying from Adelaide and surrounding areas including the Barossa Valley The mid north people came out in force to support us from Clare, Jamestown, Port Pirie, Laura Wirrabara, Gladstone, Crystal Brook and Peterborough. I'm sure I've missed some towns, if so I apologise and thank you to all who came.
Helen Carmody Worked tirelessly as our co-ordinator, a huge job. her commitment was
outstanding giving up so much of her own time for our event.
Lis Jones-Ingman As previous co-ordinator Lis' help and advice was invaluable.
Sally Fieldhouse Hard working representative for Farrell Flat.
Felicity Kent Media and PR, another busy person.
Di Mackin Co-ordinator for signage and displays.
Felicity Martin Hard working Hallett representative.
Francis Walling Group member and meetings host.
The work done over the year by this group is something to be proud of, and combined with the beautifully tended gardens a truly memorable event was created. The passion and enthusiasm the group has for open gardens makes it a pleasure to be involved. Plans are afoot for next year already.
Thank you to all those who helped, no matter how small the contribution we appreciate any help offered. A special thank you to everyone in our group for going that extra mile just to make sure the job is done properly.
These two photos were taken by Lis Jones-Ingman, the one of the colourful prunus is in Burra, and the nasturtiums are in a friend's garden in Gilberton. It is far too early for nasturtiums up here, they come from tropical climes and won't tolerate our cold winters. However they do extremely well in summer and autumn where their lush growth during the heat is to be treasured.
Nasturtiums are busy little plants, acting as good companion plants in the garden where they tempt the aphids away from other plants, for many they are a favourite to grow with roses. With such a wide colour range, there is something to appeal to everyone, but the plant has yet another asset its edibility. Flowers can be used as a garnish, stuffed or added to salads. For a slightly more peppery flavour, add a few leaves to your garden salad.
While there won't be nasturtiums for open gardens there will be a lot spring growth and glorious plants in flower for all to enjoy.
A weekend to really look forward to.
The pictures have been changed slightly, the middle one is 1904 and the third one is when the property was purchased. Top left is a glimpse of what you may see during open gardens weekend. This lovely historical property is lucky that Meredith has constructed such a pretty garden which is both practical and in keeping with the style of the house (editor's notes)
2 Queen Street, Burra was built about 1902, above is a picture of the garden about 1904, the house did not have a side verandah at that time. Although it is hard to prove it looks like the pear tree on the right of the picture below is the one above near the little girl.
I bought the property in June 2011, The photograph above was taken about that time.. Below is what the garden now looks like at its best photographed from the same location, lots of roses and iris which do very well here. I have tried to make the garden low maintenance and have used lots of straw mulch which really does keep down the weeds. One of my great pleasure is sitting on the verandah admiring the garden in the late afternoon.