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.