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Busy times even in Winter months! July 1, 2011

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Calytrix exstipulata

In the colder months of Broome’s Winter (yes, it has been at 5 degrees overnight!) much of the SKIPAs Tuesday night activities are centred around potting up, weeding or planning for our next trip.

There is a camping trip planned for July in the King Leopold Ranges, which will include some weed management work. Come along to the TAFE nursery on Tue July 5 at 5pm to find out more.

Recently SKIPAs installed a solenoid reticulation system at a members house; learning how to do it has demystified the process and with planning it can be done effectively in your home garden.

We’ve also been finishing off our Rainforest Garden in the TAFE grounds. It has been filled with a range of plants we’ve grown from seed, including ferns, a rock fig, caper bush (Caparis spinosa) and plenty more.

The photo here is of Calytrix exstipulata, also known as Kimberley Heath, Turkey bush or in Bardi language Gidigid. It is a gem to have in the garden. When it blooms well, the candy pink flowers can completely cover the fine silvery leaves. As they age the flowers change to a russet and fall around the base. It is a small shrub around 3 to 4m high and grey fissured bark.  It would make a great addition to your garden.