Why we plant native bushes and trees

One of the reasons we plant native bushes and trees in our garden is to provide food and shelter for the birds and animals. So that they’ll drop in and share this tiny patch of Australia with us. We see possums, lizards, bats, and birds of many kinds. Last week a wallaby passed through on its way from somewhere to somewhere else – but that’s most unusual, as ours really is a very small patch.

Rainbow lorikeets are frequent visitors, snacking on the nectar from the flowers. They’re noisy and quarrelsome, and very pretty.

The bush is a grevillia that we planted a couple of years ago, specifically to attract birds. It works!

Rainbow Lorikeet

Common name: Rainbow Lorikeet

Scientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus

Approximate length: 30 cm

Date spotted: 3 September 2016

Season: Spring


About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2016/09/04, in Rainbow Lorikeet and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice post Sarah. We should all plant more native trees in our backyards for our unique native wildlife to visit so we can all appreciate what we are lucky to have here in Australia.

    • Hallo Sue
      I think you’re right. It’s a surprising amount of work, maintaining a native garden. It largely involves pulling up “weeds”, which in many cases are seen as standard garden plants. 🙂 The great agapanthus wars!

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