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Fast screening/hedging plants

Started this discussion. Last reply by DARREN JAMES Jan 10. 15 Replies

Hi folks,I've been away from this site for ages, so I'm thrilled to see that it's still ticking along.I'm looking to create a temporary screen or hedge for a particular area of the garden. In the…Continue

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AGI pipe x 3 lengths

Started Jan 7, 2017 0 Replies

I have 3 lengths of slotted 55mm diameter AGI pipe. 1x4.2m, 1x3m and 1x I don't know how long (as it has never been used so is not expanded). Still has sock, but some damage to sock as it was…Continue

Plant identification

Started this discussion. Last reply by pat pierce Feb 10, 2016. 24 Replies

Hi all,Does anyone know what this is? Is it edible? Is it related to elderflower? It's a small shrub, looking quite a bit like elderflower, but obviously not that.…Continue

Is this the wrong time to be planting beans?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Braz Jun 3, 2015. 5 Replies

Is this the wrong time to be planting climbing beans? I usually grow them as a shoulder season crop, switching to snake beans and winged beans in summer and peas in winter. Will beans grow over…Continue

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DARREN JAMES replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"There is also the option of west indian arrowroot ,they do grow a lot smaller than the queensland variety with the same kind of leaf structure but leaves are a bit narrower"
Jan 10
Christa replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Rob, I have used Golden cane palms in large pots and they soon make a good screen, they grow in sun and shade, you could put one or two amongst the other plants.."
Jan 10
Mary-Ann Baker replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
" if you are inierested can put some in pots and pass them on at GVs or when we are over that way ! let me know = hibiscus or cannas or gingers or heliconias "
Jan 10
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Hi Mary-Ann, Thanks for the offer, but it looks like you're on the other side of town to me. I'm in Annerley, in the inner south, but I think you're up on the north side? My only exposure to Canna species is arrowroot, which has a…"
Jan 10
Rob Walter commented on Elaine de Saxe's blog post Severe Thunderstorms recorded north of us and south of us in Deception Bay.
"As a back of the envelope calculation, think about how much rain we get in Brisbane and consider whether that's adequate to have a sustainable harvest. We get, on average, 1000mm of rainfall a year. So that's 1000 litres per square metre…"
Jan 10
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"I really like this idea, except that I think they're a bit flimsy? The spot is fairly exposed and I feel like one storm could see me back at square one."
Jan 10
Mary-Ann Baker replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"have several different native hibiscus here if you want cuttings - we use them as a fast growing screen against road lights ! and cannias and gingers heliconias etc "
Jan 10
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Yes! I have aibika and cranberry hibiscus that will definitely get tall enough over the warm months and then love full sun over winter. I'm also going to take Cathie's suggestion of a combination of things, too. I just need to get…"
Jan 9
Dave Riley replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Great idea: Native Hibiscus."
Jan 9
Jeff Kiehne replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"hibiscus clumping"
Jan 9
Cathie MacLean replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"There are some tall salvias around that grow fast and cannas too. I've been harvesting giant sunflowers that are definitely taller than 1.5m but not sure if they would grow well in the colder months. All these would be easy to remove. A border…"
Jan 9
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Thanks for the suggestions, folks. I think the idea of pots is a great one, and although I like the sound of the taller lemongrass, unfortunately I'm not growing that type, whereas I have some nice big plants of the smaller variety. I'll…"
Jan 9
Dave Riley replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Some Pigeon Peas are tall enough. Maybe best bet. Lovely plant. Vetiver is immensely difficult to pull up but it can be easily trimmed.Great source of mulch. Lemongrass dies back in Winter in  my experience --although the taller species stand…"
Jan 9
San replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Hi Rob, This might be a little left field. But have you considered tall Cosmos flowers?"
Jan 9
Elaine de Saxe replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Sugarcane is quite a business to remove and it doesn't have a thick bunch of stalks. Some Bamboos are non-running but once established, digging would be a challenge. Vetiver has very deep roots and once a clump is established - unless you have…"
Jan 9
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This sporting life

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 17:53 2 Comments

Several of my pea plants have produced sports, or at least offshoots with very different characteristics. They are not from seed, but just growing out of the main stem of the pea plant. They appeared once the main crop was almost totally over. In at least a couple of them, the peas have gone from being sugarsnap (thick-walled pods) to shelling peas (thin-walled pods). The others are still sugarsnap, but the pods are flatter than normal.

This what the sport looks like:…

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I only really write about one thing in my blog posts...

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 18:26 15 Comments

...possums!

So, I guess it's time for the latest update on my battle with them. If you see my previous blog post, I had two areas that were set up to deal with possums. One area was protected with a nylon mesh, combining architectural elements of the Sydney Opera House with the visual appeal of a plastic bag stuck on a barbed wire fence. The other area had a low electrified fence. The…

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Back in the game!

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 9:53 6 Comments

This blog post actually started as a private message to Lissa about raspberries, but as I waffled on I thought I should share it with the world.

Should Williamette raspberries be losing their leaves? I have one cane that appears to be dying in a rather tragic-looking manner, and others that are green and cheerful. I'm not used to deciduous plants, so I can't really tell the difference between dying and preparing for winter.…

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The grand plan - grafting grumichama (Eugenia brasiliensis) onto Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 11:57 3 Comments

Gardening in a rental property presents particular challenges. I'm fortunate to have three clearly defined garden beds in which I can do whatever I like. For the last  couple of years I've mostly grown veges, but now I'm moving into the wonderful world of fruit growing as well. I've dedicated one of my garden beds to paw paw and citrus, two fruit trees that produce within a very short time frame. The rest of the yard is basically just lawn, so there are limits on what I can do. The landlord…

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At 19:23 on October 9, 2014, CHERYL SLAPP said…

Thanks Rob, Happy to come for a drive for the yellow dragon fruit cutting can you let me know when is the best day and time for you - I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays so any other time is OK for me.

At 21:31 on January 19, 2013, Lissa said…

I was out trying to save my Dwf Avo and chocos this evening with a good drink, too late for those poor Tamarillos, and it actually started to spit. Just enough that I could feel these tiny pinpricks of water on my skin. Do you know of any good long range weather forecasters?

At 21:08 on January 19, 2013, Lissa said…

Hi Rob :)

Tis the way of the hot weather.

Pots are probably the safer option to get them going in this terrible heat. You can put pots in a dish of water when you go away also.

At 8:02 on January 13, 2013, Lissa said…

Hi Rob and welcome. Glad you found your way here ok.

My online name is.....Lissa :) No surprises in this group. I'll send you a "friend request".

Have a look at the Garden Visit group if you would like to check out other peoples gardens each month. All very casual but you need to be part of the group to receive the emails with addresses.

There's lots of great groups covering all sorts of topics you might be interested in along with blogs etc.

At 23:01 on January 10, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Rob :)

Scarlett

 
 
 

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