Category Archives: Gardening

Spring is sprung

My father’s health is failing, and my parents’ much loved garden in country south-east Queensland has not received so much attention of late. Nonetheless, there is plenty flowering, putting on a show for Spring. The birds love it – including red-winged parrots and lorikeets.

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Damn you Alectura lathami!!

Many countries have troublesome wildlife, and although most of the pests in urban Australia aren’t up there with rampaging elephants, we can get our knickers in a twist over the scrub turkey (Alectura lathami) digging up our gardens.

Scrub turkey

Note the large vicious claws – they are efficient beyond belief in garden destruction


And the reason is this:
Scrub turkey on mound

Yeah, this is someone’s garden and I’m darn proud of this mound


These critters are on the increase, but are protected.

So, this past weekend we dared to plant some new bromeliads. Crazy maybe, but we had a plan.

Bromeliads newly planted

Scrub turkey heaven

And the ‘after’ shot…

Broms with plastic mesh

Yes, very attractive, and secured with tent pegs

Game on, turkeys!!

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