Gardening: The mysteries of sex in the garden, from possums to plants

Jackie French
By Jackie French
November 20 2021 - 6:30pm
Determining who's who in the animal kingdom is harder from six metres away. Picture: Shutterstock

Possum X is female. Not only is she female, but she is a nursing mum, as I discovered when she invaded the feeding bowl I'd just put out for a refuge wombat. I have been referring to Possum X as 'he' for years, from the time I accidentally evicted her from her home, the nest in the now chopped down loquat tree.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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