There is a Sting in the Nettle

Last weekend it was a pleasure to host Angela Bradburn who is a senior policy officer with Cotton Australia her husband Scott and father in law Grahame. Angela has a background in Natural Resource Management and Scott is keen cyclist always looking for a new mountain to climb and we certainly have one of those living on the side of Saddle Back Mountain

As it turned out Grahame who is a school teacher by profession has keen interest in Native Orchids and was very keen to see our rainforest


Team Bradburn at Clover Hill


Scott and his dad enjoyed the visit to Fountaindale Dam wall 

Fountaindale Dam

The spectacular Fountaindale Dam See video here

Now I have a serious aversion to the Giant Stinging Nettle tree which thrives in our rainforest IMG_3720

Lots of  Giant Stinging Trees are regenerating in our rainforest


The reason for my aversion to the Giant Stinging Tree is I once once mistook a little one (see picture immediately above) for a small Tobacco Bush and grabbed with both hands to pull it out. Ouch does it have a sting to remember


Baby Tobacco Bush

Giant Stinging Tree

Giant Stinging Tree (Dendrocnide exelsa) They get very big don’t they?

I now have a new respect for the Stinging Tree as Graham tells me they host Native Orchids and I just adore Native Orchids

Pink rock orchid

Another beautiful bush on our farm is the endangered Illawarra Zieria

Ziera Like this one

Zieria Habitat at Clover Hill

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and Zieria Granulata in flower

The native Stinging Nettle also flourish at the farm.


An interesting combination of the beautiful and the beware don’t touch species

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life