|Tall Ammobium Ammobium alatum, on the edge of one of the diverse garden beds.|
Well-attended weekly working bees are responsible for such beautiful and well-maintained plantings.
|Some of the eucalypt plantings; no monocultures here, the designers have utilised the topography of the site|
to plant the 16 species according to the relative situations they would occupy naturally.
|Scrambled Eggs (not that I've actually heard anyone call it that!) Goodenia pinnatifida.|
|Smooth Flax Lily Dianella longifolia, above and below.|
Long in the family Phormiaceae, then shifted to Hemerocallidaceae; now some would put
it into Xanthorrhoeaceae. Take your pick.
|Wee Jasper Grevillea G. iaspicula, above and below.|
This is a rare and threatened shrub from the vicinity of the nearby town Wee Jasper;
the species name is an attempt to Latinise the town name!
|False Sarparilla Hardenbergia violacea above and below.|
A vigorous scrambling pea and an early coloniser of disturbed land.
|Bulbine Lily B. bulbosa. Family Asphodeleaceae.|
|Rock Fern Cheilanthes austrotenuilfolia.A hardy little fern of local rocky hillsides.|
|Native Flax Linum marginale.|
|Amphitheatre; this is the focus of STEP's education program with visiting school groups.|
|Plague Soldier Beetles Chauliognathus lugubris on eucalypt blossom.|
|At least one family of Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus has set up a territory in|
the STEP garden, and is doubtless breeding there.
|Red-rumped Parrots Psephotus haematonotus are attracted to the seeding native grasses.|
|This Silvereye Zosterops lateralis is on a weed (Senecio sp. I think) just outside the STEP garden,|
but they regularly visit the garden to feed on both insects and nectar.
[It is important to note that while writing this I made a conscious decision not to discuss it with anyone associated with STEP, so as not to compromise either them or me. Nor has anyone involved with the project ever expressed to me the concerns I've raised above - they are solely my own observations.]