Katanning Environmental Nursery – Now Taking Orders for 2018

Katanning Landcare and Katanning Environmental Nursery are ready to take your order! Have a look through our species list and give us a call if you have any questions. You can download a pdf version of the order form from HERE. (Updated 30/01/2018) I hope to set up an online order form in the near […]

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What’s Blooming – Hakea Laurina

Hakea laurina is a locally occurring plant from the Proteacea family. It is commonly known as Pincushion Hakea, and sometimes Kodjet or Emu Bush.   It is large shrub to 4 metres with drooping grey green foliage and bright red nectar producing flowers.     The flowers are popular with birds and bees.     The Hakea laurina makes […]

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Regenerating the Understorey

I wanted to share three quick posts from Ella Maesepp, over on her Katanning Eco-House website (https://katanningecohouse.wordpress.com/), that share her journey so far in her efforts to regenerate the understorey at her place. These posts follow her through various techniques for regenerating understorey, including planting seedlings, with and without tree guards and with and without […]

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Perfume Princess

A heavy dusky perfume wafts through the bushland announcing that the sandalwood Santalum spicatum is blooming.   This much sought after native was one of the first exports from the colony of Western Australia. Sandalwood is a small shrubby tree to 4 metres with thick fleshy pale green leaves. Like Mistletoe, Sandalwood relies on host […]

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Just a Casuarina

“It’s just a Casuarina.” How many times have I heard people make this comment? We should be saying, “How fortunate we are to have Casuarinas, because without them many of our more extreme habitats would be devoid of trees!” Casuarinaceae are highly evolved and unrelated to any other plant species. They are an ancient family […]

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A Real Live Red-Tailed Phascogale

It was a cold mid-winters day in Katanning, as we quietly went over the fence, through the bush and up to that special sheoak tree. The wool that had been placed on the ground at the base of the tree was all but gone. I carefully opened the lid on the nesting box. Peering inside, […]

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Summer Stunner

During summer when the temperatures are soaring it is most surprising to observe splashes of white blossom in the roadside vegetation.   On further inspection we find the blossom is a twining shrub Marianthus bicolour, commonly named Painted Marianthus  due to the wonderful burgundy stripes on the petals. Marianthus are members of the Pittosporaceae Family […]

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What’s Blooming in the Bush?

When walking or driving in the bushland at this time of the year you will notice cheerful splashes of yellow blossom. These yellow flowering plants are Acacias, commonly known as wattles. In Australia there are over 700 species of wattle varying from large trees to prostrate shrubs. Acacias are nitrogen fixing plants and are important […]

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