Climate

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 was 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.

Spring brought a rich tapestry of small plants. As in previous years, chocolate lilies, bulbine lilies and sundews carpeted large areas under the trees. Hopbushes were covered in many colourful seedheads and twining fringe lilies hid amongs the litter.

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