This time, I went out ready to plant seaberry saltbush (rhagodia candolleana) as well as ruby saltbush (enchylaena tomentosa). I decided to take the benefit of a long weekend and go further afield than usual. There is a local tram stop where most of the understorey plantings that might ever have gone in have died. And, there is a plan afoot to upgrade the tram fencing which might well result in plantings along the tram line being dug out. The evidence that digging is imminent was parked by the tram stop, actually!
Here is the best part of the site. Some things are holding on for dear life.
There are some trees still here too. And plenty of empty space where native plants could be growing. I planted the larger seaberry saltbush toward the platform. Some of the soil is very sandy so this plant might be happy here!
I weeded, collected rubbish, and had a chat with a few passersby, one of whom is clearly a regular tram user who said he’d keep his eye on the plantings, bless him! He wanted to know where the water I was using had come from and was clearly very surprised to think I had brought it with me. But needs must, and I have a bike trailer.
You can see all the little disturbed and damp spots where new plants have gone in, about 20 in all. Homeward bound, I collected all this from the site itself and then, since I had gloves on and a receptacle to hand, I picked up all I could manage or stow in a nearby bin on my way home . To care for land is a special thing, I’ve decided.