Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Sharing our world

I went searching for plants recently, following a garden disaster I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about yet. I needed a lot of plants, so I visited a garden centre, where I received great advice:


I expected to find plants – no surprises there – but what I didn’t expect to find in a garden centre built next to the thundering M2 motorway in the heart of North Sydney was this:


There were lizards everywhere, happily roaming amongst the plants and rockeries.


Look closely and you’ll see three in the shot above, including a little guy sunning himself on the leading edge of metal.

They weren’t confined to the area where plants were grown either, they also made themselves at home in the restaurant.









And they weren’t always that small.


Some people might have been alarmed but I’m always relieved to find evidence that we share our cities with a host of wildlife.

Some of it is much smaller. I whipped out my phone at Orange Grove Market the other week when I spotted this little chap sheltering in a clutch of bananas.

Version 2

The owner of the stall carefully tucked him into a container and promised to take home to release near his pond.

Of course, if he’d had eight hairy legs instead of four webbed feet it might have been a different story.







10 comments on “Sharing our world

  1. Jack Burke
    February 2, 2017

    Hi Deb.

    Thanks for the post, lovely pics. You are always welcome to come and get some cuttings from our our garden if you wish. Natasha is coming over to collect some we have potted up for her.
    Our vegi patch has been disappointing this year, not much from it at all.

    Fondest regards.

    Thelma and Jack.


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 3, 2017

      That;s so generous of you Jack, thank you. Cuttings make it so much cheaper to garden. I bought very small pots and hope I can find a large dose of patience! Best wishes to you both, Deb


  2. Eliza Waters
    February 3, 2017

    I love seeing wild life around us. The frog is especially darling!


  3. Rae Luckie
    February 4, 2017

    Hi Deb—great pics—there was a program on radio National today how ‘wild life’ has adapted to cities. We have nightly visits from kangaroos on our lawn (evidenced by their droppings) at Batemans Bay also you may have heard about our inundation with bats.


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 6, 2017

      Thanks Rae, I do remember those bats! Not every visitor is welcome, is there any sign of them moving on yet?


  4. bkpyett
    February 6, 2017

    What great pictures, Deb, with such delightful wild life! You’ve had such hot weather, it makes gardening so much harder.


  5. candidkay
    February 22, 2017

    You’re braver than I am! I didn’t mind the tiny lizards that scurried in Mexico and Costa Rica, but yours are huge! Those might have given me pause:).


  6. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    February 23, 2017

    Yes the wildlife in Australia can be quite confronting!


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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