Guerilla planted weaving rushes


There is a culvert in the neighbourhood where I have been on a project of restoration over some time now.  I planted some pigface (a native succulent) with initial success, and then it all died back partly because scale insects have targeted this plant across the suburb.  I have cleared rubbish and broken glass and spent time weeding, trying to keep the poisoner from spraying indiscriminately and killing these plants.


There are now some large saltbush plants and a few ground covers doing well.  The poisoner has destroyed all evidence of life in the culvert in the rest of its path though the neighbourhood, but this section has escaped.  I am particularly happy about this plant though.  It’s a Ngarrindjeri weaving rush (a native sedge) used for basketry. Here they are going into the ground in 2016, after a flood took out my first round of plantings.  In the previous post you can see how bare it was previously.  I planted at least nine sedges here after bringing them home from a weaving retreat and observing my neighbourhood closely for suitable spots to plant them as they grew to a suitable size. There are a couple more that haven’t died–but this one is thriving at last.


So much so that I am propagating from it so I can try again! Since this picture was taken I’ve potted up ten plants and I’m growing them up so they can go into the ground over winter.



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5 responses to “Guerilla planted weaving rushes

  1. Rhonda Bradley

    Thanks for the timely post about weaving . When recently in Tasmania I met a woman at the Burnie makers market selling baskets she had woven from abandoned plastic fishing line, nets and rope. Her turn to inspiration is a book called fibre basketry home grown and hand made the fibre basket weavers of south Australia edited by Helen Richardson. If I had the electronic skills I would share some photos LOL.
    We planted lots of plants for my weaving plans including weaving rush, New Zealand flax and a Sydney native lamandra . I have all the resources available as all the plants are growing well, just need to get on with it, I like the idea of small pieces being made then joined together, a bit like a community patch work quilt.

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    • How wonderful to be ready to weave, Rhonda! I have been entirely unable to grow NZ flax despite a couple of attempts—and, being in SA, I own that book. It’s a trove of information!


  2. Rebecca

    Such persistence and optimism in this post. Such transformative action. Brava.

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    • Thanks so much, Rebecca. I went back and weeded this spot on the weekend and removed rubbish–there were more rushes clinging on than I thought! Always a happy thing.


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