Whilst in Fremantle recently, we found this lovely hill of ice, so of course children will be children and had to climb it, sit on it and move it to a nearby bench to sit on it again. such fun.
Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, is such a wonderful place, so much history and always so much to see. It also has some absolutely wonderful places to eat. I don’t get there so often now, but when I do, I can’t help but be amazed at everything and everyone there.
Here in Australia we live with the threat of fire every day, during summer. Our natural bushland does thrive on these fires for its rejuvenation, but unfortunately many are lit purposely. Sadly wildlife and people’s homes come under a real threat of being destroyed. The photos here are of a local fire, possibly lit by arsonists the week before Christmas.
WA Christmas Tree or Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe. It is a root parasite that does not grow directly on the host plant. It can grow to 10 meters in height.
This highly adaptable plant is able to survive in paddocks where all native vegetation has been removed and replaced exclusively by introduced grasses. Also despite its spectacular flowers and ornamental desirability for garden use, it will hunt down the roots of most plants within a 50 meter radius and unless they can quickly develop alternative roots, will die within a few years. Nuytsia floribunda is difficult to permanently remove, as they will rapidly re-grow their trunk if knocked over, providing the root system is not too badly damaged.
The WA Christmas Tree tends to flower over the Christmas period, but most young or small plants will not flower at all unless there has been a bushfire, when most will bloom prolifically.
While they will not make a good addition to the home garden, they are a visual pleasure in the bush over the Christmas period.
I believe that this is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful native trees.