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Brisbane Northwest Rainstorm 12/11/16

Be careful what you wish for. Today my wish came through for rain but unfortunately in a huge 30 minute downpour which is one of the heaviest I've seen in Brisbane. It was so heavy that my camera couldn't properly take photos on its 'smart mode' and thus I didn't quite get these taken right when it was the heaviest. Still they speak for themselves.

Not so smart 'smart…


Added by Phil on November 12, 2016 at 16:33 — 16 Comments

Mini Peppino Bust

A lot of us got excited when what looked like a mini version of the prolific Peppino (Solanum muricatum) was obtained by Rob from Fair Dinkum Seeds.

The plant grew like a weed and readily produced small marble-like green fruit.…


Added by Phil on July 31, 2016 at 9:51 — 7 Comments

Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)

Native to China and sometimes called fingerroot, lesser galangal has been a recent cause of confusion on BLF when trying to determine if you are actually growing the plant.

My lesser galangal grown from a GV donation started on 26-6-15



Added by Phil on July 9, 2016 at 11:47 — 4 Comments

Tropical Root Crops

Just a few photos of the tropical root vegetables (mainly from the ginger family) that I'm growing to show that I don't just grow weeds.... Actually I have had some success with this kind of crop two years running so I may have found a good spot to grow them. These plants are great as they hardly need any maintenance, save you money (especially the rhizome spices) and give your garden a nice tropical feel. Best of all they are easily grown in polystyrene boxes.…


Added by Phil on March 13, 2016 at 18:13 — 8 Comments

Necessary Maintenance

Due to new and ongoing commitments I haven’t posted a blog for a while but with some free time this morning I thought I would put something quickly together. Note though this isn’t going to be one of Susan’s, Dave’s or Lissa’s garden tour blogs of abundance (unfortunately). Nope, this is all about weeds.

Having only time to really water my ‘pot plant garden’ recently the rest of garden has been neglected. This has resulted in the weeds having their way. I’ve written about Leucaena…


Added by Phil on March 13, 2016 at 12:30 — 14 Comments

Native Bee Attracting Plants and Their Other Uses

This summer I have been blessed with more native bees in my garden then I have ever seen before. In particular, the blue banded bee (my favourite), which I regularly observe all through the day buzzing around the flowers. This could be because I'm more in tune with 'bee watching' but while this may be true I also think it is due to the type of flowering plants that I have at the moment. In this blog I'll list the ones that attract the most blue banded bees but also, with a nod to…


Added by Phil on December 28, 2015 at 8:30 — 12 Comments

Subtropic Seasonal Abundance

I love the time of the year when our subtropical climate makes plant growth go to levels not ever experienced in temperate climates. It can be now, mid or late summer when the temperatures are warm and the rain regular. Now is such a time. Here a few photos in my garden where I'm seeing this. I'm sure everybody is experiencing something similar with subtropical plants such as choko, squash, etc.…


Added by Phil on November 17, 2015 at 18:30 — 7 Comments

Early Spring Flowers and Colour

Inspired by Susan’s Spring blog I thought I’d post a few pictures of what some modest planting can do to brighten up your garden and importantly attract a few bees. This is one area I’ve neglected in the past so I am attempting to rectify it this year.

Marigolds are so easy to grow and need very little maintenance even in my dry hot garden…


Added by Phil on September 13, 2015 at 10:02 — 8 Comments

Lemongrass Mulch Harvest and Weeds

As growing plants for mulch is such an important and ongoing chore for those of us who have the room and like to save money I thought I’d post this blog about my experiences this year with the harvest.

The East Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) I have is an invader from the neighbouring property and together with Queensland Arrowroot (Canna indica), Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) and Singapore Daisy (Sphagneticola trilobata) have made their way into my garden and flourished.…


Added by Phil on September 5, 2015 at 14:40 — 22 Comments

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