The present owners took over the property in 2016-7. It was a wet year, a very wet year.
Water streamed from dams filled to overflowing and waterbirds flocked in.
Water cascaded off the Mount.
It was a year in which it looked as if the most common flower species, the rock isotome and the rice flower might be eradicated, drowned.
2018 was a dry year. We wondered what would survives these climatic extremes.
Gradually but miraculously the rock isotomes reappeared and spread:.
Large clusters of rice flower reappeared on rock sites
The sundews took over below the rocks.
Small herbs like wurmbea and pelargonium reappeared.
Even the wattle trees put on new growth.
2019 is proving to be a very dry year and the effects are clear in the empty dams and struggling plants. Our hope always lies in an ecological landscape that is resilient and has long accustomed itself to extremes of wet and dry seasons. Certainly, the Grey Box trees are flourishing.
The spring rains started filling the dams and the grass went very green.
Surpisingly perhaps Spring brought a rich tapestry of small plants. As in previous years, chocolate lilies, bulbine lilies and sundews carpeted large areas under the trees (see Flora). What was new this year was that the hopbushes were covered in colourful seedheads and twining fringe lilies hid amongs the litter.
Some of the little plants had not been seen before. This first-time orchid is probably Diuris behrii (Golden Cowslips) and it is listed as a threatened species for our area.
A beautiful fungus appeared:
And a spread of little flowering plants are Creamy Candles (Stackhousia monogyna).
And a new planting of the velvet daisy bush is thriving.