Winter at Kuranga
It’s been a frosty, cold old winter, if you haven’t done so already, unearth the gloves, beanies and long johns and pay us a visit with a brisk walk around the nursery to see what winter colour we have to offer. Our Australian flora puts on a pleasing floral display of colour, yes, even in winter!
If it’s too cold outside our gift shop is full of winter warmers for you. From a huge range of yummy, warming native bush honeys (including Australian Manuka) to honeycomb and Eucy, honey drops for those of you that have the sniffles. We have a range of honey body products which are perfect for that winter pampering. Our range of winter beanies, scarves and gloves will keep you more than toasty warm for that early morning walk with the crunch of the grass underfoot and the cool air clearing our sinuses.
One of our favourites! These little Banksia’s produce an abundance of beautiful flower spikes which perch on top of the bush in autumn, winter and early spring and available in a range of colour forms. Many small honeyeaters have a feeding frenzy on the flowers over the cooler months.
Correa pulchella’s have a profusion of spectacular bell flowers in autumn winter and spring. From delightful groundcovers to dainty small shrubs which are frequented by nectar feeding birds in Autumn, Winter. Correa pulchella forms are compact neat little shrubs with a profusion of well displayed vibrant coloured bell flowers including vermillion, salmon, orange reds, pinks and cream.
Correa reflexa’s are hardy compact shrubs and will grow in heavy clay soils to sandy soils. Tolerant of full sun but excellent for those shady spots in the garden where it is difficult to grow anything and will still produce an abundance of flowers for nectar feeding birds in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Ranging from groundcover to medium shrub forms with an endless colour range of small to large bell flowers of lime, yellow with lime tips, yellow, red with green or yellow tips, bright red and bells banded with pink, green and yellow.
Who said winter is dull?
You certainly can’t go past Chorizema cordatum. This vibrant, eye -catching flame pea has a striking combination of brilliant orange, red, hot pink and yellow flowers in winter and spring. There are several forms of Epacris longiflora (Fuchsia Heath). This spectacular small shrub has long tubular flowers most of the year along the whole length of each and every stem and is an excellent bird attracting plant. One of the prettiest wildflowers we have is Epacris impressa (Native Heath). Covered in a profusion of white, soft delicate pinks to bright hot pinks and vibrant red tubular bells in autumn, winter and spring. Excellent for dotting in amongst other small shrubs in groups.
Add a splash of winter colour to your garden this winter. This attractive group of climbers have a profusion of pink, white, mauve or deep purple pea-flowers that drizzle down off the foliage in clusters, and certainly put on an eye catching display in winter and spring. These pretty climbers will brighten up your dreary winter! Effective planted together using the different colours.
This superb small weeping tree with bluish/grey foliage and powdery white stems, branches and trunk has clusters of magnificent deep pink-red flowers and large decorative fruits that drizzle from every branch. Excellent feature in a mass planting or as a single specimen. Sounds superb? It is and we have it available now Eucalyptus caesia.
Cryptandra amara nana has multitudes of dainty honey-scented pure white miniature bells in winter. It has a widespread distribution throughout Victoria, Tasmania, SA, NSW and Qld and even occurs naturally in the outer north-western parts of the Melbourne metropolitan area near Diggers Rest.
Cryptandra amara also highly attractive, delicate, fine-foliage and bears a profusion of tiny white flowers in winter/spring. A lovely effect can be created in the garden by planting Cryptandra in combination with Epacris or Stenanthemum to achieve a long-flowering and honey-scented composition which, if carefully chosen, will flower for many months over winter and spring.
These highly attractive shrubs burst into bloom in Autumn and flower through Winter and Spring so get the snippers out to fill your vases with bunches and bunches of these long lasting stems. Thryptomene species have a profusion of beautiful pink, deep pink, mauve or white flowers along attractive arching foliage. Excellent cut flowers, commonly used by florists. Very reliable in full sun or part shade in dry or moist soils.
The Warmth of Honey
The warmth of runny honey will fight those winter blues, bugs and sniffles this winter, so we have listed below some of the Australian bush flavours and what makes them distinctive.
Blue Gum Honey (Eucalyptus globulus) has a mild but distinctive flavour.
Ironbark Honey (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) soft mellow honey with a sweet flavour, yet distinct dense honey.
Lemon Myrtle Honey (Backhousia citriodora)100%pure lemon myrtle honey. Unique fragrance and flavour, excellent anti viral, anti bacterial properties.
Macadamia Honey (Macadamia integrifolia) This honey is light amber in colour with a earthy, rich
sweet aroma and has a delicate nutty flavour.
Red Stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhynncha) another local plant. Deep amber in colour with a unique rich, bold, toffee-like flavour.
Soft Serve Honey this beautiful honey is a traditional style of “creamed honey” from the finest selected honeys.
Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey (Eucryphia lucida)has a spicy and distinctive flavour with antibacterial properties. One of the strongest flavoured honeys. Pure leatherwood honey has a unique taste and smell which is quite different from that of blended honey. This distinctive spicy flavour has made Leatherwood honey a reputation as a fine gourmet product.
Tea Tree Honey (Leptospermum lanigerum) an acquired taste, with a bitter sweet flavour
Wildflower & Bush Honeys are blended by bees sourcing from an array of native flowers from the Tasmanian forests. A medium coloured honey a mild taste, yet distinctive, floral flavour
Yellow Box Honey (Eucalyptus melliodora) Soft, light, mellow, aromatic, a dense but delicate honey with sweet floral flavour. Yellow box is also the lowest GI rating of any Australian honeys (35).
Wild honeycomb rich, sticky piece of wild honeycomb is a unique experience; the wonderful flavour and aroma of pure honey is amplified when preserved in the thin wax chambers of the comb. When eating comb, it is easy to appreciate and savour the true essence of honey and marvel at the wonder of nature in producing such a perfect food. The health qualities of eating honeycomb also outweigh liquid honey, as all the natural elements are preserved, and no heat has been applied at any stage of harvesting or processing. The wax is also virgin wax, produced entirely by the bees to store the precious nectar.
Winter Warmers at Paperbark Café
With the cooler days of winter comes the need for comfort and warmth, so if it’s too cold outside why not pop into the café to warm up and keep you on the move. On a cold winters day there is nothing more enjoyable than a hot cup or mug of coffee and perhaps a wattleseed or lemon myrtle scone. Every winters day is soup day at Paperbark, our piping hot soup of the day simmers in the cauldron awaiting you. Our winter menu revolves around warming comfort foods with a touch of native inspiration.