Member Walter Stanish has shared with us images of his residential garden wattle season in Thornleigh, by the Great North Walk. As a “new” pan-Australian native garden being slowly (re-)established since 2020, the profusion of blooms this year has been very motivating. Often small groups of walkers stop to view the various nature-strip natives which are loosely themed in arid/temperate and tropical beds. Identifications are best effort with external assistance. Soon we will need botanical labels. Other planting themes include native ferns, climbers, palms and rainforest species. (Check back in 10 years for an update!) Biggest 2023 gardening challenges: electrocuted possums, losing a cycad to footfall, wandering trad, persistent jasmine and a Callistemon ‘slim’ thrip infestation. Biggest victories: successfully establishing many new Western Australian plants, expanding out on to the nature strip, and adding more water features.