Drosera spatulata Sundew
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Drosera spatulata

July 21, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Drosera. species: spatulata. Family: DROSERACEAE. Common Name: Spoon-leaved Sundew. Etymology: Drosera: from the Greek word ‘droseros’ meaning dewy. spatulata: Latin for spatula shaped. Origin: Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Micronesia and New Guinea. Description: Small insectivorous perennial herb with leaves arranged in a basal […]

Lily Roma St Parkland
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Roma Street Parkland (Brisbane)

July 7, 2017 Simon 0

The Roma Street Parkland is another one of those places that I visited during my Horticultural school days and in the numerous visits since, it never ceases to impress me with its ever changing and […]

Polyspora (Gordonia) axillaris
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Polyspora axillaris

June 30, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Polyspora (formally Gordonia). species: axillaris.  Family: THEACEAE.  Common Name: Fried Egg Plant, Gordonia. Etymology: Gordonia commemorating James Gordon, an eighteenth-century London nurseryman. Polyspora: species from East Asia were transferred to this new Genus. axillaris: meaning borne in the axil, referring to […]

MacDonald Rainforest Circuit Mt Tamborine Gold Coast Hinterland
Bushwalking & Camping (National Parks & areas of natural beauty).

MacDonald rainforest circuit

June 21, 2017 Simon 0

MacDonald rainforest circuit is a fairly comfortable 1.4km long walk and is located in 29 acres of surprisingly, pristine bushland, considering its vicinity to (what I would class as) rural suburbia. It is also, just […]

Brachychiton rupestris. Queensland Bottle tree
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Brachychiton rupestris

June 8, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Brachychiton.   species: rupestris. Family: MALVACEAE. Common Name: Queensland Bottle tree, Narrow Leafed Bottle Tree, Queensland-Flaschenbaum or Kurrajong. Etymology: Brachychiton: Greek ‘brachys’ means short and ‘chiton’ means a coat or tunic, a reference to the coating on the seed. rupestris: […]

Bridge Road Richmond Melbourne Small Garden
A Green Mindset (ideas for our future).

Matt’s Garden (Richmond)

June 2, 2017 Simon 0

It was probably around 12 months ago or more, we were walking back from lunch and noticed this garden in Richmond. Nothing that unusual about a garden in Richmond but this one completely took me […]

Ficus macrophylla. Morton Bay Fig.
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Ficus macrophylla

May 26, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Ficus.  species: macrophylla. Family: MORACEAE. Common Name: Morton Bay Fig, Australian Banyan. Etymology: Ficus: Latin meaning fig tree. macrophylla: with large leaves. Origin: Naturally occurring from Illawarra region of NSW to Far North Queensland, Australia and Lord Howe Island.   Description: Huge banyan tree usually […]

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2017Silver Winner in Show Garden Category 'Legacies' by Tree and Shrub Growers Victoria
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2017

May 16, 2017 Simon 0

  We recently made a trip to Melbourne (I know that is not surprising because we go there all the time) but on this occasion was nicely timed it to coincide with the ‘Melbourne International […]

Eucalyptus sideroxylon, Red Ironbark, Mugga Ironbark
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Eucalyptus sideroxylon

May 2, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Eucalyptus. species: sideroxylon. Family: MYRTACEAE Common Name: Red Ironbark, Mugga Ironbark, Mugga.  Etymology: Eucalyptus: Named in 1788 by French botanist Charles Louis L’héritier de Brutelle from Greek eu ‘well’ and kalyptos ‘covered’ referring to the covering on the bud.  sideroxylon: from the Greek words […]

Rippon Lea Estate
Gardens (Botanic, Botanical and other places of interest).

Rippon Lea Estate (Melbourne)

April 25, 2017 Simon 2

Rippon Lea is one of those classic Melbourne icons that I hadn’t visited since, probably, my primary school days. Back then it would have been, just a good excuse, not be in class and I […]

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