|Common teatree/Manuka Leptospermum scoparium|
|White peppermint, Eucalyptus pulchella, flower buds|
|Prickly beauty, Pultenaea juniperina.|
Pretty, hardy, great habitat,
but quite flamable, use with caution!
Here we have the veggie garden to the North, the direction from which fire is most likely to come. All of the garden beds against the house are mulched with gravel. And I would always encourage gardeners in fire prone areas to avoid planting an avenue of garden beds that can lead a fire right to your house. But I dread, each summer, the ring of chainsaws and brushcutters, as animal homes are destroyed in our efforts to make our own safer. By raking up, and burning every leaf that falls, and removing all of the understorey, we end up with impoverished soil, and put local wildlife under stress. Yesterday this echidna turned up on my sisters drive in Howrah. I bet it didn't want to be on concrete, and I suspect loss of habitat has pushed this poor creature, along with countless, unseen others, into the 'burbs , where it is unlikely to have a peaceful life.
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|Prickly Moses, Acacia verticillata. Pretty, hardy and wonderful habitat.|