Wetland Detail

There has been rain and heavy during the night. It has made a real difference to the depth of our wetland. Plants on the edge only a few days ago are now submerged. Brilliant, fantastic and lucky!

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It looks beautiful and lush, vibrant and inviting. Yesterday or the day before I had a swim with Ahlia and her friend Atticus. We were overjoyed to be ourselves submerged in water. It is exhilarating to swim in non-chlorinated fresh water. And the chorus of frogs a free ticket to the orchestra with front row seats. The dragonflies hover on the surface and take a drink. We talked about getting yabbies and eating them and asked if they would bite our toes.

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Triglochin – Water-ribbons, are established on the margins, their large seed heads will hopefully spread throughout the wetland. I have transplanted three of these into the water as they like their feet very wet. They look fantastic when established, with flowing tendrils moving in dance to the waters rhythm.

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The tubers of Triglochin are edible raw or cooked. When my kitchen is up and running again I will try this bush tucker food. The roots most certainly look edible and similar in appearance to leek.

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Potamogeton (not sure which species yet) is very established and is already providing food for visiting birds. 

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Detail view of a different plant in our wetland, from the Genus Vallisneria, but which species? Vallisneria australis? caulescens or annua?

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Potamogeton flower detail/seed heads, make a visual impact on the waters surface.

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Bolboschoenus caldwellii, a rush like plant with upright triangular stems is spreading nicely,  provides nesting material for water birds. 

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I planted this Eleocharis sphacelata (Tall Spike-Rush) last summer into the clay soil but this plant was uprooted however as it has had constant contact with water it has not dried out but produced new shoots. 

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New shoots detail.

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More Water-ribbons.

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Fantastic habitat, a perfect site for a nest, and frogs and small reptiles can easily hide and take refuge in the dried out rushes.

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Carex tereticaulis (Common Sedge) is also doing well and looking stunning. Thanks for hanging around dear friend.

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Last two photos before bed time reading for me…tonight the story of Elizabeth David…

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Good night frogs and land that is wet.