Billardiera fusiformis, Bluebell Creeper, is a vigorous twining shrub grows naturally in WA, but in Victoria is an environmental weed in bushland. The flowers are blue followed by purplish/green cylindrical berries.
The shrubs are flowering now, so are easy to spot to remove. Birds eat the berries and spread the plants. The plant then smothers other plants. They are easy to pull out when small. Recently I have seen it flowering on roadsides in Gordon, Mt Doran, Mt Egerton and Scarsdale. It used to be called Sollya heterophylla.
Bursaria spinulosa Sweet Bursaria
You may have noticed this large native shrub that has white flowers. It attracts a wide range of insects and lots of butterflies and has a sweet fragrance. Most shrubs are now developing seed. If you grow your own plants then sweet bursaria seed is best collected as the pods dry and open. You will have more success if you use fresh seed to grow your own plants. They are a good habitat plant for small birds.
This is a good time to carry out control of this invasive weed. If you wait until the berries form, birds and foxes will eat the fruit and continue the spread across the countryside. Don’t put off weed control, start with isolated small plants then move onto the larger clumps. If you can’t afford to spray all the weeds at least start by spraying around the edge of larger clumps to stop the outward spread.
If you like to collect and eat blackberries make sure they haven’t been sprayed.
A citizen science survey conducted this month will lead to the development of bird feeding and watering guidelines. Is feeding birds a good idea? This survey will help to provide some science behind the recommendations. If you take part in this survey you will be able to access the results. Here is the link to the survey.
As the summer has been relatively mild, some birds have continued to raise young. The latest to hatch in our garden are 3 Superb Fairy-wrens chicks.
this is an old photo of a previous family. The latest wren family won’t stay still long enough to be photographed
It takes 3 adult wrens to keep up the food supply and no insect is safe. What struck me this morning is how vulnerable the young birds are to predators as they are still learning to fly and how to balance on small branches.