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    Bryan Mather

    Hello everyone, Bryan here. I’m one of the founders of WA Native Gardens and am so excited that we’ve finally officially launched the Plant Foster Project, as of the Perth Royal Show! Looking forward to meeting you all!


    Ros Bowyer

    Hi, Ros here, another of the founders of WA Native Gardens, sponsor of the Urban Wildflower Corridor. I love the concept of the Plant Foster Project, so much so that I’m even doing it myself!!


    Graeme Mitchell

    Hi, Graeme here….knowing my tech prowess, this post could end up in a NASA launch sequence or something!…what ever happens, as a founder of the corridor and WA Native Gardens, I’m excited to see this idea taking shape. My inspiration is to share in the joy I’ve experienced from learning more about our natural wildflowers, and knowing that as a community we are caring for our rare and endangered plants in the most practical way I can imagine. I look forward to re-connecting with you all as together, we build a significant community nursery for advanced, WA Native Garden plants.


    Sue Dempster

    My name is Sue Dempster. I’m a founder of WA Native Gardens and the one with the plant knowledge in this wonderful team. I’m here to assist the community with horticultural and WA plant questions. It is wonderful knowing that in this forum, a community will be able to share knowledge on personal experiences working and learning about our beautiful WA Plants. I am looking forward to watching you grow the beauties for the Urban Wildflower Corridor.



    G’day everyone, Cameron here. I’m a parochial West Aussie with an interest in biology and natural history. Looking forward to helping some endangered plants become a little less endangered.


    Ros Bowyer

    Heya Cameron, welcome to the Forum, great to have you here! Look forward to hearing how your plants go… I was speaking with Hazel today and she mentioned that the Thomasias really need protection from the glaring sun so morning sun only, shielded from 11am at the latest… You’ll be needing to watch your watering too as they’ll dry out easily. Gorgeous, special plants they are, and at risk too as you would have seen from the info. I sent through to you…
    We’ve set up the Wiki now with a Plant Foster Project page and then Group 1, and then the five of you in order of when you joined the project – you’re number one. I’ve uploaded your initial pic to there; this is the place you’ll be sharing what you experience in your growing of your Thomasia. Let me know if you can find the page ok… 🙂


    maria maiolo

    Hello my name is Maria, I stumbled on the Plant Foster Project at the Royal Show I was astounded by the beautiful plants and I was disappointed I couldn’t purchase any, though when I was told about the Foster Plant Project I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into but I signed up any way and I am glad I did!
    It is 2 weeks today that Graeme came over and helped me pot 16 cute plants (Phymatocarpus: maxwelli), I visit them every morning and they seem happy, I watered them every day for the first few days as the weather was quite warm and every second day there after (Depending on the weather), I use the method of putting them in the tub that Graeme supplied, works a treat.
    Ros sent me info on the Plant and it is a Showy Upright Shrub with Pinky Purple ‘Pom Pom’ flowers from August to November with Blue Grey Foliage. Apparently it originates for Ravensthorpe and is normally found in sandy terrain but can also be in swampy depressions, the plant is hardy and likes full sun.



    My name is Mechtild and I am looking after the Melaleuca violacea. I have 19 little groundcover plants. • Melaleuca are part of the Myrtaceae family. Here is some information about my plants given to me by Ros. (Family: Genus: Species – ie in my case Myrtaceae: Melaleuca: violacea)
    • The species name violacea points to the gorgeous violet colour of the flower which she produces en masse. Some call them mauve, even pink!
    • She will flower from July through to November and originates from the Gnowergangerup area.
    • Her foliage is blue-grey.
    • This species is usually a shrub between 10cm & 1.5m high but my particular plant has been cultivated to specifically be a groundcover version or ‘prostrate’ form.
    • She tolerates a wide variety of environments, from sand to clay, gravel to limestone, even laterite.. Whatever it is, she likes her soil well-drained 🙂
    • The Melaleuca violacea likes full sun, is in fact considered drought tolerant, and manages open garden beds well.
    I have had them for 3 weeks now and I was surprised how much they had grown after 5 days away. A couple of the plants have lost some of their soil. Do I need to top that up?
    Looking forward to see the result after a couple of months.


    Ros Bowyer

    Hello Maria, hello Mechtild, welcome to you both!! So looking forward to learning alongside you both about your plants and what they like…
    Wonderful to hear how happy yours are Maria – I love how connected in with them you sound already, it was great to chat with you about it on Friday 🙂
    And well done to you both for working out how to post on the Forum, lots of learning happening in every direction!
    Great question about the soil Mechtild, my understanding from Hazel is that it should be quite firmly packed in around the edges, fingers are fine for doing this; not packed hard, just firm. Hazel says to bring the soil level up to about 1cm below the top of the pot so as water doesn’t run out of the top (if you were to water from above). Don’t worry about covering up a bit of the plants in the process – it’s apparently not an issue.

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