I was always interested in gardening. However in Denver, Colorado it is a part time hobby. The ground freezes a metre deep for six months. What a joy it was to visit Australia where the climate makes gardening a year long event. I still always remember the visits to Wilsons Promontory and the rainbow lorikeets in the banksias. In 1988 we moved to Victoria and after a short spell took a journey around Oz for six months a mind blowing experience to be sure. For example, standing in the heathland near the Stirling Ranges and being able to count about thirty different plant species just around your feet wow!! To say I was hooked on the flora would be an understatement.
Maths and languages never were my strong points so I leave the Latin to those who can pronounce it. Im more of a digger and planter. My partner, Bee, tells me what it is, where to put it, how deep, etc.
We bought a small house on a big block in Keilor that had a large Lemon Gum out the back and a lot of concrete all over. We kept the gum and got rid of the concrete and started doing our thing to create a garden for birds. Then Bee saw a SGAP notice at the Essendon Plant Farm and we went to a meeting. What a find! Great people and they speak beautiful Latin (at least some do and some dont so I fit right in). Then Bee saw a notice for a tree growing scheme so I joined that and now grow trees for Landcare and friends. Then we helped form a group to be Friends of Taylors Creek where we love to walk. So now after twelve years in Oz and about nine years with the Keilor Plains group I can honestly say it has been a marvellous experience. We have an almost completely native garden with lorikeets in our banksias and at least thirty five species of birds visiting on a regular basis. The group obviously doesnt know about my maths problem because they made me treasurer!!