Alex has 1000 babies that demand his tender ministrations twice a day. There must be scores more trailer-loads of trees like this getting twice-daily dousings across Victoria right now, judging by the frenzied timing of the government’s 2 Million Trees program.
We found out we were getting some trees three weeks ago after the local nursery confirmed it could provide stock that must normally be ordered nine months in advance. It wasn’t until two days before we collected them that we knew when they were coming or how many there would be. Crazy stuff!
Even more remarkable is the generosity of a lady named Kaye from our Landcare group. She raises thousands of seedlings every year for anybody who’s keen to get plants into the ground. Her garden is a wonderland of tubes sprouting everything from exquisitely delicate chocolate lilies through to one-day magnificent mannas.
A font of botanical knowledge, Kaye tirelessly rallies locals to tree planting days, keeps us all in touch with regular newsletters and often personally calls us to drive attendances at events.
This unassuming Landcare heroine has inspired Zoe to embark on a highly systematic planting regime over the last few days. My job is to put the plants in while Zoe waters, collects pots and marshalls Alex to clean and stack them. There’s no mercy for either of us suspected of slackening off and the count for our tiny yet mighty workforce is 301 plants in three days.
This is where they’re going:
The new trees will stretch across the flats, connecting the river habitat that forms our northern boundary with the already revegetated gully. It’s all stained pink with dye so we can see where the pasture has been sprayed out to give the trees a fair go.
Will the cows miss the pasture? I don’t think so. Once they grow, the trees will create a fantastic new micro-climate that will be a real blessing in the heat of summer and the worst of winter.
I can’t put into words how awestruck I am; both by Kaye’s generosity and to watch as her dedication ripples through to my little people. This is what 25 years of Landcare means and, boy oh boy, I am proud to be one of its foot soldiers.