Weather Victim

We’ve had very changeable weather recently.

After post winter temperatures rose into the mid 20s (C) again for several days, a cold change turned things around and nearby areas had snow. Then there were the winds and dust storms.

One of the victims of the wind was our Grevillea bush.
A self sown plant that arrived soon after we moved into the house, it had grown to about 2 metres high and wide, flowering from the end of winter through spring, and providing morning and evening meals for visiting honey eaters: mostly Red Wattle birds.

But no more.


Gloria found it sprawled across the path way between our front garden and the house, not long after I’d left for work, and set about cutting it up. It took two or three days to remove all of it, disposing of the remains in our green-waste bin, to be taken away and composted by the local council.

It’s taken the bird population a couple of weeks to realise it’s gone for ever, and they’ve now stopped making their puzzled observations from the vantage point of the house guttering.

While one abundant supply of nectar has been lost, we have some smaller Grevillia’s in a nearby garden that have recently come into flower, and the birds are frequently seen and heard flapping among them.


5 thoughts on “Weather Victim

  1. I imagine that’s some strong wind. Before my children were grown, during a time that we lived in an apartment, the apartment complex would draw on my renter insurance repeatedly because I had children… and, not only that, other children who lived in additional units were drawn to the area outside near where we lived. One example [of the managers/owners cashing in, not of the children playing] was when there was a wind storm and a branch broke off of a tree. There were broken branches all over town. But the apartment management got an “expert” to say or write that the branch couldn’t have come off without being purposely broken off. Of course I had experience with a whole apple tree being pulled up because of a storm. Didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter that it was a low branch, which would usually be pruned; the tree went on to grow normally.

  2. What a fantastic bush! I was just looking at pictures of birds on such bushes. Good thing it wasn’t the only one around your “neck of the woods” {or bush}.

    Our apple tree always drew butterflies at the end of summer. There was such an abundance of apples that some would get really soft and then ferment.

  3. Grevilleas are some of my favourite Australian native plants, but unfortunately the ones I like best don’t tolerate the harsh frosts we get here.

    We currently have about 5 different types throughout the garden, some of which have very prickly foliage, which Gloria doesn’t like.
    That type can cause allergies. My sister can’t have any in her garden because she breaks out in hives if she brushes against them.

    They are very good for food and also for shelter for birds.

  4. One spring, sort of a flock of little birds landed in our apple tree… really little birds, though I don’t know what kind. I wish to have gotten a picture. I take more pictures now, with a smart phone. They were maybe the size of wrens. I don’t know if it happened every spring and it’s the only time I saw it or if something unusual was going on. They were there for a few hours, then gone. I wonder if they were eating bugs, just passing by, enjoying the flower buds, or what. It was a delightful morning scene, directly out my front kitchen window over the sink.

    Your grevillias look like evergreens. Is that so?

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