Last weekend it was a pleasure to host Angela Bradburn who is a senior policy officer with Cotton Australia her husband Scott and father in law Grahame. Angela has a background in Natural Resource Management and Scott is keen cyclist always looking for a new mountain to climb and we certainly have one of those living on the side of Saddle Back Mountain
As it turned out Grahame who is a school teacher by profession has keen interest in Native Orchids and was very keen to see our rainforest
Team Bradburn at Clover Hill
Scott and his dad enjoyed the visit to Fountaindale Dam wall
The spectacular Fountaindale Dam See video here
Lots of Giant Stinging Trees are regenerating in our rainforest
The reason for my aversion to the Giant Stinging Tree is I once once mistook a little one (see picture immediately above) for a small Tobacco Bush and grabbed with both hands to pull it out. Ouch does it have a sting to remember
Baby Tobacco Bush
Giant Stinging Tree (Dendrocnide exelsa) They get very big don’t they?
I now have a new respect for the Stinging Tree as Graham tells me they host Native Orchids and I just adore Native Orchids
Another beautiful bush on our farm is the endangered Illawarra Zieria
Zieria Habitat at Clover Hill
and Zieria Granulata in flower
The native Stinging Nettle also flourish at the farm.
An interesting combination of the beautiful and the beware don’t touch species