Category Archives: seeds

Diary of a Red Gum May-December 2016

The red gum in our street started 2016 with a high volume of healthy buds, but these were steadily lost in windy storms through the year. After the tree dropped its eighth branch in 12 months, in May the Council … Continue reading

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Black box trees in glorious flower!

Black box trees flower mostly in summer, right? Wrong!! At least this year, for the first time since the start of monitoring black box in 2004, the majority of trees are in full glorious flower in winter! The working hypothesis … Continue reading

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

World Wetlands Day has been greeted with life-giving rains in South Australia, as ex-cyclone Stan sweeps across the countryside. The rainfall is a very special bonus for Murray Valley  wetlands. This will help keep young black box seedlings and saplings going, as … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – November-December 2015

And to complete the year’s diary in the life of a red gum . . . By mid-November, it was clear that the flower crop on the red gum this year was very small. There was minimal scatter on the … Continue reading

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Diary of a red gum — October 2015

Catch up time to complete the red gum diary! In early October, the red gum lost a close neighbouring tree, when the adjacent red-flowering gum Corymbia ficifolia was removed after it succumbed to an infestation of borers, dying in a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Red Gum – June & July 2015

Through the cold and windy months of June and July, the red gum in our street quietly sustained itself, allowing the bud and fruit crops to develop to maturity. However, there was a steady stream of small debris raining from … Continue reading

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Healthy spring growth in mid-north does not include red gum seedlings

In September 2015 the mid-north of South Australia is a sea of green and gold, with the intense green of lush grain crops interspersed with the brilliant yellow of canola and bordered by native golden wattles and senna bushes. Streams … Continue reading

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