Coorparoo Urban Forest

Red-fruited Palm-lily - Cordyline rubra lowres

Red-fruited Palm-lily Cordyline rubra

By: Michael Fox

Greg Neill’s Pollinator Link garden is an urban forest nestled on the edge of one of the appropriately named Coorparoo Finger Gullies.

Greg’s garden has: Water provided with birdbaths and frog pond, Food, like the Red-fruited Palm-lily Cordyline rubra, for fruit eating birds and Shelter like the termite nest used by Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae family.

Red-fruited Palm-lily with its distinctive red fruit and its narrow format (4m height and 50cm spread) is a useful plant for narrow borders or difficult corners.

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Common Crow butterfly on Pink-flowered Doughwood

Rainbow Lorikeets Trichoglossus haematodus and Common Crow Euploea core butterflies visit to feed on nectar of the Pink-flowered Doughwood Melicope elleryana tree.

 

Wattle Blue - Theclinesthes miskini - 11 Jan 2018

Wattle Blue Theclinesthes miskini

 

 

Other butterflies in the garden include Wattle Blue Theclinesthes miskini and Bordered Rustic  Cupha prosope – caterpillar found.

Sightings have been uploaded to Bowerbird as part of our Pollinator Link research project. Bowerbird is a simple to use citizen science database that also feeds into the Atlas of Living Australia providing valuable information planning restoration of city Bushcare sites.

Creek Lily - Crinum pedunculatum - 11 Jan 2017 lowres

Creek Lily seed

Creek Lily Crinum pedunculatum adds to the rainforest feel of Greg’s garden and it attractive white flowers are very popular with Stingless Native Bees Tetragonula sp.

Scented Daphne Phaleria clerodendron and Giant Spear Lily Doryanthes palmeri are other species that create the rainforest habitat.

Frog Pond - 11 Jan 2018

Frog Pond

 

 

The frog pond is home to Striped Marsh Frogs Limnodynastes peroni.

Fiery Skimmer Dragonfly - Orthetrum villosovittatum

Fiery Skimmer Dragonfly Orthetrum villosovittatum

 

 

 

 

 

The frog pond also attracts fun species like the Fiery Skimmer Dragonfly Orthetrum villosovittatum.

 

 

 

 

Brachychiton sp

Little Kurrajong Brachychiton bidwillii

The distinctive Brachychiton species like the Little Kurrajong Brachychiton bidwillii are an interesting addition to Brisbane gardens.

 

 

Finger Lime fruit 11 Jan 2018

Finger Lime Citrus australasica

Finger Lime Citrus australasica  are indigenous to south-east Queensland and food plant for Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus and Dainty Swallowtail Papilio anactus butterflies.

Finger Limes are interesting additions to your bushfood garden planting. Unlike better known oranges and lemons the juice is packaged in small capsules that look a bit like caviar and explode in your mouth as you bite down.

 

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Fourteen months to wildlife haven

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Converting from 2D to 3D wildlife habitat

By: Michael Fox

Allison’s garden is a great example of a habitat haven created for wildlife and people. A typical suburban two-dimensional grass and dirt garden converted to a thriving wildlife habitat in just fourteen months. All without losing the inviting grassed play area for the kids.

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Stingless Native Bee with large ball of pollen

Stingless Native Bees Tetragonula sp. are tiny black insects smaller than house flies that collect nectar and pollen to store in their hive. These tiny bees are amazing pollinators of everything from citrus to Macadamia Nut trees Macadamia integrifolia.

Unfortunately they sometimes also obsessively collect seeds of the local weed tree: Cadaghi Corymbia torelliana, that clog the entry to their hive.

Brushtail in box - Fox Gully Bushcare

Brushtail mum with joey – Fox Gully Bushcare

“If you build it, they will come.” Field of Dreams (movie)

In this case “Dale” the Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula has taken a tenancy. Visit Bunnings for a step by step guide to building your own Possum box.

Hoverflies are another but little known pollinator which also provide valuable pest control services in your garden. Hoverfly larvae are predators of many soft body insects such as aphids, scale insects, thrips and caterpillars.

 

Puddling Place

Butterfly Puddling Place

A Butterfly Puddling Place is a great way to provide water for wildlife. All animals need water, however, butterflies, bees and other insects, like hoverflies, need to be able to land and drink safely.

Male butterflies also collect minerals and salts that are transferred to the female during mating to help with egg development.

 

Hardenbergia violacea - flower - Aug 07

Native Sarsaparilla Hardenbergia violacea

 

Native Sarsaparilla Hardenbergia violacea and Climbing Guinea Flower Hibbertia scandens are both tough spectacular natives that bees love and perform well as either ground cover scramblers or climbers.

 

 

 

 

Orchard Swallowtail - female - 2 Jan 2016

Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus on Finger Lime

 

The traditional backyard citrus trees or south-east Queensland native Finger Limes Citrus australasica are popular caterpillar food for Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus.

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Backyard Bee Home

 

A Backyard Bee Home is a good way to provide shelter for native solitary bees and range of other insects. Attracting insects to the garden is a valuable way to provide food for insect eating birds like the Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus and bonus you get free “natural” pest controllers like Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp.

Butterfly House

 

 

 

Allison also introduced me to Butterfly Houses something I had never heard of before. I am interested in following the progress with the Butterfly House as all the information I found online referred to winter in cold climates like the United Kingdom.

Frog Pond

Frog Pond

 

 

Frogs are serendipitous and welcome residents in Allison’s garden. An attractive frog pond replaced the out-of-control swimming pool and the Bleating Tree Frogs Litoria dentata use hollows in the pool fence for shelter.

Mozzie control is handled by Pacific Blue Eyes Pseudomugil signifer  native fish found in coastal streams along the east coast of Australia.

Mandevilla - Giant Pink - 5 Jan 2018

Sun Parasol Giant Pink – Common Crow caterpillar

 

An exotic species Sun Parasol Giant Pink Mandevilla hybrid provides caterpillar food for Common Crow Euploea core butterflies.

 

 

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Vertical Wall with frog accommodation

Green Tree Frogs Litoria caerulea are even having special accommodation provided as part of the new vertical garden.

Allison’s Pollinator Link garden is providing links for wildlife and building links with neighbours who value the bumper crops resulting from the pollination services provided by native bees.

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Explore Bernadette’s Pollinator Link garden

Front entry - 3 Jan 2018By: Michael Fox

Visiting the Pollinator Link garden of Bernadette and Len Crook is like an adventure in a botanic garden. Step through the front gate straight into an urban forest habitat supporting bird, butterflies and bees.

Melicope elleryana - 3 Jan 2018

Pink-flowered Doughwood Melicope elleryana

The balcony provided an ideal location for me to appreciate the plant diversity and the cool shade of the dappled garden. Like visiting a botanic garden, I also learned about a beautiful native tree very popular with Rainbow Lorikeets Trichoglossus haematodus, fruit eating birds, like the Australasian Figbird Sphecotheres vieilloti, and nectar hunting butterflies.

The Pink-flowered Doughwood Melicope elleryana is a rainforest tree found in coastal areas from North Queensland to northern NSW. A fast growing tree that loves full sun and moist conditions.

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Lemon-scented Myrtle Backhousia citriodora

The Lemon-scented Myrtle Backhousia citriodora is a versatile Pollinator Link  plant that can be grown in a pot on a balcony garden or used as a screen in the backyard. Lemon-scented Myrtle not only attracts birds, butterflies and bees, it is also a versatile bush food used in teas, cakes, biscuits, sauces, ice creams, and meat dishes.

 

Euploea core

Common Crow chrysalis

Common Crow Euploea core caterpillars feed on a wide variety of native plants and, evidence suggests, at least one exotic, the red flowering Brazilian Jasmine Dipladenia sanderii 

 

Midgen Berry -Austromyrtus dulcis - fruit - Feb10

Midgen Berries: tempting bush food

 

 

 

Midgen Berry Austromyrtus dulcis is a  white flowering low growing (Height 0.5m Width 1.4m) shrub producing pretty tasty fruit bound to tempt young visitors to your garden.

acacia podalyriifolia - photo Sheldon Navie

Silver Wattle Acacia podalyriifolia

Wattle Notodontid Moth 1 - 26 Oct 10

Wattle Notodontid Moth caterpillar

 

 

 

 

Silver Wattle Acacia podalyriifolia with its attractive silver grey foliage provides a year round backdrop complemented with regular displays of bright yellow flowers. Seeds provide food for seed eating birds and foliage caterpillar food for Granny’s Cloak Moth and the curious Wattle Notodontid Moth Neola semiaurata caterpillar.

Bee Home

Backyard Bee Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a leaf out of Len’s book and make your own Backyard Bee Home as an attractive sculpture for your garden and Shelter for solitary native bees like Leaf Cutter and Resin Bees.

Australia has over 2,000 solitary bee species that hatch out in spring to pollinate our gardens. Blue-banded Bees are particularly valuable pollinators of tomatoes and other vegetables.

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Rescue rocks in birdbath

 

 

Some rocks or sticks in your birdbath will allow insects and lizards to escape if they fall in.

 

 

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine - Pararistolochia praevenosa - flower - 16 Oct 2016

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine Pararistolochia praevenosa

 

 

Planting Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vines Pararistolochia praevenosa is a valuable contribution to conservation of this spectacular but vulnerable butterfly.

Native Geranium -Geranium solanderi - flower - 12 Oct 2016

Native Geranium Geranium solanderi

 

 

 

Native Geranium Geranium solanderi is a hardy native herb that is happy in dry conditions like a rockery.

Xerochrysum bracteatum Photo ANPSA

Xerochrysum bracteatumcultivar Photo: Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Everlasting Daisy Xerochrysum bracteatum and the wide range of cultivars will add a splash of colour to your garden and provide caterpillar food for the Australian Painted Lady Vanessa kershawi butterfly.

Love Flower - Pseuderanthemum variable - GPP Jan 30 10

Love Flower Pseuderanthemum variable

 

 

The delicate Love Flower Pseuderanthemum variable is one of my favourite Pollinator Link plants providing Food for five butterfly species: Australian Leafwing, Blue Argus, Blue-banded Eggfly, Danaid Eggfly, Common or Varied Eggfly.

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Exploring Marie’s Pollinator Link Garden

 

By: Michael FoxFront gate

Explore Marie Hollingworth’s garden with me. Marie’s garden is part of the Corinda Creeks link creating mosaic habitat in Oxley Creek Catchment.

Entering Marie’s Pollinator Link garden is an adventure in discovery: lizards, butterflies, moths, bees, spiders.

Insects are important food for the small insect-eating birds that are scarce in our city gardens, as well as, providing free eco-friendly pest control services for your vegetable garden.

Tiny Mango Planthoppers Colgaroides acuminata are one of the first curious creatures I found in Marie’s Bird Food Deli.

 

 

Love Flower - Pseuderanthemum variable - 1 Jan 2018

Love Flower Pseuderanthemum variable

A diversity of local plants is key to inviting insects including butterflies into your garden.

“350 butterfly and moth caterpillars found on local native plants for every10 caterpillars found on exotic plants.”
Bringing Nature Home – Tallamy 2012

Love Flower Pseuderanthemum variable is scattered through Marie’s garden providing food for five local butterflies: Australian Leafwing, Blue Argus, Blue-banded Eggfly, Danaid Eggfly and Varied Eggfly.

Monarch - 2 Jan 2018

Monarch Danaus plexippus

 

Butterflies already visiting Marie’s garden:

Monarch or Wanderer Danaus plexippus a late comer to Australia.

 

 

 

Cycad Blue - Theclinesthes onycha - 2 Jan 2018 cropped

Cycad Blue Theclinesthes onycha

 

Cycad Blue Theclinesthes onycha butterflies love to feed on the Cycads native to South East Queensland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus trees are food for Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus caterpillars.

 

 

 

Tooth White Banded Noctuid - Donuca orbigera - 2 Jan 2017

White Banded Noctuid Donuca rubropicta

 

The spectacular White Banded Noctuid Moth Donuca rubropicta found in the garden. No information is available on food plants. However there must be something good to eat among the diverse plant species.

 

Cabbage White

Cabbage White Pieris rapa

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Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus

As their name suggests Cabbage White butterflies Pieris rapa are perhaps less welcome in our vegi-gardens even if they are food for small birds.

Planting Nasturtiums Tropaeolum majus may be a win-win solution to attract butterflies and protect and add to your vegetable garden.

“Flowers repel aphids and codling moth. Cabbage White Butterfly is attracted to this plant, and will seek it out over cabbages.”  Companion Planting – Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA

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Sweet Basil Ocimum sp.

 

Sweet Basil Ocimum sp. is another non-native that adds value to a Pollinator Link garden. Native Stingless Bees love the flowers while Basil is a valuable food for people, encourages growth of tomatoes and can be rubbed on skin to act as an insect repellent.

 

 

Edge Senna - Senna acclinis - 2 Jan 2018

Edge Senna Senna acclinis

Edge Senna Senna acclinis is another good butterfly plant supporting Small Grass-yellow and Yellow Migrant, as well as, being popular with bees. Edge Senna is also a threatened species as it has lost most of its rainforest edge habitat.

Don’t confuse the environmental weed Easter Cassia Senna pendula

 

 

 

 

Blue Banded Bees Amegilla cingulata love our blue flowering natives like Marie’s Blueberry Lily Dianella longifolia or Native Wandering Jew Commelina diffusa that this bee is visiting.

 

 

 

Climbing Guinea Flower Hibbertia scandens  is an excellent Verge Garden plant and attracts solitary native bees: Great Carpenter Bee   Xylocopa (Koptortosoma) aruana, Metallic Carpenter Bee – Xylocopa (Lestis) bombylans, Small Metallic-green Bee – Homalictus sp., as well as, Satin-Green Forester Moth Pollanisus viridipulverulenta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Jen Bartlett’s Pollinator Link garden

By: Michael Fox

Explore Jen Bartlett’s Pollinator Link garden. Jen’s garden in Salisbury is part of the Stable Swamp Creek link creating mosaic in suburban Brisbane.

She-oak male-female

Female                 Black She-oak Allocasuarina littoralis                 Male

Black She-oak Allocasuarina littoralis are planted for gentle sound created when wind blows through the striated leaves. Female She-oaks have red flowers sprouting directly from branches and males have russet flowers on the tips of the leaves.

Native Ginger - Alpinia caerulea - flower - 29 Nov 2013

Native Ginger Alpinia caerulea

Native Ginger Alpinia caerulea creates cool microclimate for humans and frogs while provided nest making material for Leaf Cutter Bees Megachile sp.

 

Brown Silky Oak (White Oak) Grevillea baileyana an attractive rainforest tree from far North Queensland that is very hardy once established and a common street tree in Brisbane.

 

 

Dome Tent Spider - Cyrtophora moluccensis - 2 Jan 2018

Dome Tent Spider Cyrtophora moluccensis

Dome Tent Spider Cyrtophora moluccensis create amazing webs shaped like a circus big top.

 

 

 

 

 

Zig-zag Wattle Acacia macradenia the classic green and gold Australian colours, indigenous to Central Queensland but still caterpillar food for Granny’s Cloak Moth and Wattle Notodontid Moth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardenbergia violacea - flower - Aug 07

Native Sarsaparilla – Hardenbergia violacea

Native Sarsaparilla Hardenbergia violacea a hardy scramblerer as ground cover or growing on a fence. It is also caterpillar food for Common Grass-blue butterflies and attracts Eastern Spinebill birds.

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Flower Scaevola - Living Mulch - 2 Jul 2016

Dune Fan Flower Scaevola aemula


Dune Fan Flower Scaevola aemula
are found on coastal sand dunes however they also thrive in our urban gardens creating great ground cover (Living Mulch) in hostile habitat.

Thanks to Jen for her generosity in sharing her Pollinator Link gardening experience.

 

 

 

 

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Planning Brisbane’s future – Intergenerational Forum

Activity - participant mix - 22 Nov 2017

Demographic mix of participants

By: Michael Fox

I joined approximately one hundred other Brisbane community members of all ages yesterday, to discuss the future of our city. Hosted by Brisbane City Council the Forum is an interesting and genuine effort to understand how our community wants our city to develop for future generations.

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Prof Greg Clark – New World Cities

Our discussions were informed by a number of presentations by experts in building truly great cities starting with Prof Greg Clark who joined us from London.

 

Prof Clark introduced us to Brisbane as a New World City attaining global reach. Now that is a powerful reason to be proud of our place in the world and optimistic for the future.

The rise of smaller, specialised, globally-oriented cities

The current cycle of globalisation has seen the rise of many smaller, more specialised, but highly globally oriented, cities. This group of cities are neither ‘established’ nor ‘emerging’. They are smaller, high-income cities with efficient infrastructure, an attractive quality of life, and fewer social, environmental or economic externalities such as crime, pollution, congestion, high costs or inequality. Unlike ‘Emerging’ or ‘Established World Cities’, they are often not the primary city in their national or regional system of cities. (Globalisation and Competition: The New World of Cities 2015)

Prof Greg Clark - city vs strategic planning - 22 Nov 2017

The New World Cities model paints a picture of great opportunities for our city. However,  Prof Clark also highlighted the importance of utilising broad based Strategic Planning to develop those opportunities. This highlights the importance of working across multiple jurisdictions like Council working with State Government, not operating in isolated silos. An issue raised by at least on participant at the Forum. Activity - priorities2 - 22 Nov 2017

The priorities identified by participants aligned closely with the success factors for New World Cities. for example, attractive quality of life, low pollution, congestion and inequality.

I was pleased to see that protecting and developing greenspace was consistently given high priority by Forum participants.Kath Lofin and Maslow

‘City Doctor’ Dr Katherine Loflin, with her social work background, introduced us to the Power of Place. Dr Loflin’s presentation explored the Soul of Community research project:

  • What makes a community a desirable place to live?
  • What draws people to stake their future in it?
Kath Lofin - Power of Place - 22 Nov 2017

Power of Place

For Dr Loflin, a key factor in growing great cities is optimism.

Community Problem-Solving, often complicated by emotional low-trust responses, is an excellent example of how the Power of Place can support an optimistic outlook. If you love the place you live, you will be motivated to actively break through resistance to find solutions. The model suggests that planning with a focus on Place creates a community with stronger economy and quality of life.

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James Tuma – values based planning

James Tuma, National Director of Design at Urbis, showed how the concept of Place can be applied to our subtropical River City and how it links to our shared values. His focus on design quality based on shared dialogue highlights the importance of Prof Clark’s broad based Strategic Planning.

 

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A city-wide mosaic wildlife habitat

Let’s do it! Kirsty Kelly, Kirsty Kelly Consulting leads the last activity for the day: challenging our groups to think big and present a project that will shape the future of our city.

I represented our group and challenged our audience: “Create a city-wide mosaic wildlife habitat from bayside to Bardon and beyond. Bring the Australian bush back to our backyards.”

Be part of an extraordinary city changing project to create and register 30,000 Brisbane Pollinator Link gardens providing water, food and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees.

 

 

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What’s in your garden?

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Blue Triangle butterfly Puddling   Photo: D. Frenkiel

By: Michael Fox

Blue Triangle Graphium sarpedon butterfly Puddling in neighbour’s sandpit.

Butterflies, like all animals, need water. At breeding time, male Blue Triangle butterflies and other swallowtail butterflies will be looking for mineral laden water.

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Murrogun Laurel Cryptocarya microneura

 

Blue Triangle butterfly caterpillars feed on a range of native tree species including Murrogun Laurel Cryptocarya microneura. Murrogun Laurel is also caterpillar food for Bronze Flat Netrocoryne repanda repanda and Common Red-eye or Eastern Dusk-flat Chaetocneme beata butterflies, as well as, fruit eating birds like native pidgeons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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