Shukkeien Garden Japan
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Shukkei-en Garden

February 20, 2018 Simon 0

The Shukkei-en garden was one of those last minute places we decided to visited to fill in the morning before we set off for our next destination and I am so glad we did. It […]

Macaranga tanarius
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Macaranga tanarius

February 9, 2018 Simon 0

Genus: Macaranga. species: tanarius. Family: EUPHORBIACEAE. Common Name: Parasol leaf tree, Blush Macaranga, Nasturtium tree, David’s heart, Heart leaf and Bullocks Heart. Etymology: Macaranga: Is thought to have derived from mokarana a native word for the same Genus in Madagascar. tanarius: sketchy […]

Kumano Nachi Taisha Seiganto Ji
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Kumano Kodo (Days 5 & 6)

January 24, 2018 Simon 2

Day 5: We started out this morning with another traditional Japanese breakfast on what was a very cool, sunny mountain morning (perfect walking weather).  Even though he wasn’t in pain this morning, we spent some time […]

Ginkgo biloba leaves turning yellow in Autumn
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Ginkgo biloba

January 10, 2018 Simon 0

Genus: Ginkgo.   species: biloba. Family: GINKGOACEAE. Interestingly the Ginkgo tree is the only living tree in this family surviving since the Mesozoic period (252-66 million years ago) the age when Conifer’s and Cycad’s dominated the earth. […]

Tsugizakura Oji Kumano Kodo
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Kumano Kodo (Days 3 & 4).

December 27, 2017 Simon 0

Day 3: We had an awesome home cooked breakfast, packed our gear, grabbed our lunchbox and said goodbye to Kenji and Shizuka and our accommodation at ‘Irorian Minshuku’. Today’s weather was crisp and with the […]

Cinnamomum camphora. 1000 year old Camphor tree next to Fujisakidai Baseball Stadium Kumamoto
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cinnamomum camphora

December 12, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cinnamomum.   species: camphora. Family: LAURACEAE. Common Name: Camphor tree, Camphor laurel and Camphorwood. Etymology: Cinnamomum: from the Greek word kinnamomon meaning spice.    Origin: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Introduced to Australia in 1822 where it has […]

Kumano Kodo
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

Kumano Kodo (Day 1 & 2) .

November 28, 2017 Simon 0

  Forward The Kumano Kodo trail is similar too, but also quite different to any trails I have walked in Australia. It is similar, in the sense you are walking through countryside and forests with […]

Cupaniopsis anacardioides. Tuckaroo.
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

November 13, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cupaniopsis.   species: anacardioides. Family: SAPINDACEAE. Common Name: Tuckeroo (named by Aboriginals), carrotwood, beach tamarind, Green-leaved tamarind. Etymology: Cupaniopsis: From Latin Cupania, referring to the close relationship of these Australian and New Caledonian species to Cupania. anacardioides: Resembling Anacardium. Origin: Mid New South […]

Tropical Fruit World Giant Avocado.
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Tropical Fruit World

October 21, 2017 Simon 2

‘Tropical Fruit World’ is located in Duranbah, NSW and only a short distance from the Gold Coast. It is close to the heart of Mt Warning (an ancient volcano) so is blessed with some of […]

Acacia dealbata Silver wattle, blue wattle, mimosa
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Acacia dealbata

October 3, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Acacia.   species: dealbata. Family: FABACEAE. Common Name: Silver Wattle, Blue wattle, Mimosa. Etymology: Acacia: From the Greek word ‘akakia’ meaning thorny Egyptian tree. dealbata: Whitened. Origin: Native to New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Naturalized in Adelaide, parts […]

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