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 […]

archontophoenix alexandrae Alexandra Palm
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Archontophoenix alexandrae

April 18, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Archontophoenix.  species: alexandrae.  Family: AREACEAE.  Common Name: Alexandra Palm, Alex palm, Alexander palm, Feather palm, King palm and Northern bangalow palm. Etymology: Archontophoenix: Archontos is Greek for chieftain or ruler, phoenix is Greek for date palm (ie: ruler […]

Grapevine on arbor
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


April 4, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Vitis. Species: vinifera  which is the chief source of ‘Old World’ wine and table grapes (other species include labrusca, riparia, roundiflora, rupestris, aestivalis, mustangensis and other hybrids).  Family: VITACEAE.  Common Name: Grape. Etymology: Vitis: Latin for vine.  vinifera: Derived from […]

Strongylodon macrobotrys
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Strongylodon macrobotrys

March 2, 2017 Simon 2

Genus: Strongylodon.  species: macrobotrys. Family: LEGUMINOSAE/FABACEAE-PAPILIONOIDEA. Common Names: Jade Vine, Emerald vine Turquoise jade vine. Etymology: Strongylodon: from the Greek  words ‘strongyl’ meaning round and ‘odens’ meaning tooth. macrobotrys: from the Greek words ‘macros’ meaning large/long and ‘botrys’ meaning cluster. Origin: Philippines.   Description: Evergreen, […]

Cyrtostachys renda Lipstick Palm
Plant Identification (A to Z of plants)

Cyrtostachys renda

February 17, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Cyrtostachys. species: renda. Family: ARECACEAE. Common Name: Lipstick palm, Red sealing wax palm, Rajah wax palm, Maharajah palm, Sealing-wax palm, Sumatra wax palm and Red candle-wax palm.  Etymology: Cyrtostachys: from Greek ‘cyrto’ meaning bent or curved and […]

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