At this time of the year it is hard to leave the garden when you have the chance to spend a few hours in the spring sun planting and weeding and generally being glad that the weather is warm enough to really enjoy being outside. But I did take advantage of the Wildflower Spectacular at the City Hall in Hobart recently. It was a great event that combined displays with a number of specialist native plant nurseries providing a wonderful selection of the plants on display.
It is always good to be able to see mature specimens and plants in flower as well as to pick up ideas for your own garden. I was delighted to see a display from the Tasmanian Bushland Garden that I opened earlier in the year and I also enjoyed the art section where local botanical artists had their work for sale.
But for me the Understorey Network’s promotion of Gardens for Wildlife took the cake. Demonstrating how suburban gardens can be designed and planted to encourage native birds, they attracted lots of community interest and hopefully new members.
I have just joined and will be really proud to put the sign on my fence. With native birds and animals under such pressure from loss of habitat, it is good to be part of a solution. But they had no solution to the problem of blackbirds which continue to harass small birds which visit my garden.