One plan we have had almost since we arrived two years ago, is to plant the “North Face”.
The “North Face” is the steep open slope that falls away quickly in front of the deck. It is open and very steep and really needs some trees replaced.
The slope had had some large trees previously, but a number of them had been cut down. We can only guess as to reasons why they would have removed these trees. The trees removed included another very large and old Narrow-leaved Ironbark, which I had seen in place before on previous visits to the property over 10 yrs ago.
The slope is also very exposed. It faces directly North, and has a large open almost tree-less section. This has baked the ground and only tussock grass and a few spindly trees can survive there now.
Our plan was to plant/re-plant some large trees and also add to and restore the slope with some under planting too. The trees we planted are listed below.
We planted 3 grass trees on the slope. These grass trees were retrieved from below the Acacia Garden after they were displaced and buried by storm water runoff. After a year or more in pots they are doing well and growing and it was time they went back in the ground.
- Eucalyptus crebra – Narrow-leaved Ironbark
- Eucalyptus notabilis – Blue Mountains mahogany
- Dianella brevipedunculata – Blue Flax Lilly
- Dianella caerulea – Blue Flax Lily, Paroo Lily
- Xanthorrhoea glauca – Grass Tree