Gardening: Worst Laid Plans

Think before you plant

Silky Hakea (Hakea sericea) — the name comes from the flowers not the leaves! © Bronwen Scott

Melbourne, Victoria, some years ago

The Silky Hakea was a mistake.

I had planted it to encourage birds. Every tiny white flower curl was packed with nectar, and the echidna-spine leaves kept the honeyeaters and fairy-wrens safe from prowling cats. The hakea was native to the area — at least before the eucalypts and grasslands…



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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: