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That was my April

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Seeking Family for Oncidium Cabramatta

I have been searching online for a familiar face that is related to my Cabramatta, so named because I bought it at the side of the road in that suburb.  It had no tag and was clinging to half a … Continue reading

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Vireya Rhododendrons

I often pick up ‘hospital plants’ on visits to the nurseries.  They are always marked down to a fraction of their original price as they are usually unhappy in some way and on their way out.  I like to rescue … Continue reading

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Deflasking Orchid Seedlings

Recently I succumbed to a fit of orchid madness and bought 30 seedlings of the Dockrillia Teretifolium ‘Bridal Vail’ in a flask.  I saw a mature specimen on display at an orchid show and was smitten at once. These are … Continue reading

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An Old Chinese Rose and the Hoverfly

  The Rosa chinensis ‘Mutabilis’ left China ‘prior to 1894’.  The flowers change colour as they age from a pale yellow to deep crimson. I love their simple five-petal blooms and it seems that the hoverfly is also a fan. … Continue reading

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Pollination at Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Yesterday Ang and I met in town for a Prawn Noodle then visited the Royal Botanic Garden after lunch.  The Calyx had an exhibition called ‘Pollination’  with sprouting bees and floral alphabets: It was a dull day so I was delighted … Continue reading

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Colourful Coleus from Cuttings

Although Sydney’s weather supports flowering  plants all year round, there are times of the year when colourful leaves take their turn to shine.  We had some wind and rain that battered the blooms overnight so when I went outside this … Continue reading

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Fig Trees for Free

Figs are easy to grow and easy to propagate.  They do not need rich soil or heavy watering.  However most of my fig trees are in pots and they do need pruning.  Whenever I have a bundle of twigs I … Continue reading

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White Flowers in my Garden

I am attracted to white flowers.  I don’t get full sun anywhere on my garden and white stands out so well in the shade of my jacaranda tree.  Click any image to see a slideshow of the full gallery of … Continue reading

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Gifts of the Rain

This morning I found the garden hung heavy with overnight rain.  The branches barred the way everywhere I went. The passage was closed by the rain laden branches:

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Multiplication by Division

Some time ago I bought this plant from the Huge Plant Sale: Oxalis is considered a weed in Sydney, but this is one that we love to cultivate: Oxalia  triangularis, also known as the Love Plant, or Purple Shamrock.   … Continue reading

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Mounted Dendrobium nobile Orchids

On one of the hottest day of 2016, I mounted some keikis for my friend Didi.  I think she was nonplussed about this strange arrangement and left them in a corner of her garden, under the hydrangeas. I used a … Continue reading

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February in my Garden

February was hot (40ºC) and dry, cold (15ºC) and windy and in the end, wet.  We don’t know what to make of it; neither does the garden so yes, I have azaleas flowering as if it is spring while the … Continue reading

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From a Corner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

The collection at our RBG is modest despite its grand title.  Sometimes one wonders: is that all we have?  Well, no.  Some plants are not on display due to their rarity (here) or their special needs.  Spaces for display are … Continue reading

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Firespikes (Ondontonema) are Back in Vogue

I wonder if people realise that nothing is in vogue until the fashion guru, or police says so.  It’s no different in the garden. This month’s Gardening Australia magazine featured a two page spread on the Firespike (Odontonema), an old … Continue reading

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Graphium sarpedon Butterfly

Commonly known as Blue Triangle in Sydney, this butterfly visits my garden regularly but it flits about so quickly that I was never able to capture it in a photo, until this morning. We had some rain overnight and the … Continue reading

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The Long Flowering Season of Fuchsias

Here in Sydney we have up to 40ºC days and nights are in the twenties at times.  My new potted fuchsias are wanting water everyday and we have not had much rain. So I would not say that they are … Continue reading

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Take a Cutting – Hibiscus

A relative of the Abutilon, the hibiscus is just as easy to strike.  My collection of hibiscuses have all been cloned to reside in the gardens of friends.  One was given to me by a friend who later received a gift … Continue reading

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