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There’s not much to report on my garden.. I think there’s not enough sun in my new backyard and the soil is not good enough yet that my seedlings are growing excruciatingly slow.  I just visited my mum yesterday, and the seeds she’ve sown after me are like 4 times the size of mine now >__<”  It’s nice to know the work I put in over the last 3 years are paying off and I know she gets more sun than me, but it still makes me jealous!  I think I’ll go and help her thin out overcrowded seedlings this weekend and ‘dump’ some of those in my backyard ^^

Anyways, I visited Greening Australia at the Gap on Saturday, and picked up 5 x Citrus australasica (Native Finger Lime or Jambreen), 2 x Bunya Pine, 1 x Syzygium Oleosum (Blue Lilly Pilly), 1 x Blue Quandong, 1 x Soap Tree (Alphitonia Excelsa) 1 x Native Raspberry (Rubus Probus).  With the Raspberry, I already have Rubus Rosifolius, and Rubus Parvifolius at my mum’s place, although I didn’t seem to see the Parvifolius (pink flower) around.. only the Rosifolius, which is fruiting now, although the fruits matches the description of Probus more ( see http://anpsa.org.au/APOL22/jun01-1.html) … they could have been mislabelled.. someone told me before GA does mislabelled their plants because people who worked there were mostly volunteers.. these are very difficult to tell apart really.  I hope the lilly pillies were correctly labelled as I really wanted blue lilly pilly ~  Should have gotten a few to make sure I get the fruit colour I want as online search afterwards reveals the fruit colour varies from blue to magenta..

 

This is taken from my mobile with a VGA camera, so please excuse the quality.

These are all going into pots, hopefully by the time the Finger Lime and Bunya Pine gets big, I’ll have my own piece of land to plant into :)

I was also tempted by native yam, and the different species of tamarinds, but I thought yam will have to go into the ground, and I’m not sure whether you can use native tamarinds the same way as the exotic tamarinds, so I didn’t get them.

They’re also selling lucerne mulch for $9 a bale, but of course we were not in Albert’s car, so I didn’t get any :(

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 29, 2011 at 14:58
Heavy leather gloves should do the trick. The native finger lime has several variants in colour and taste. If yours are seedlings then you stand a chance of getting something different.
Comment by Florence on June 29, 2011 at 9:57

Yes, they're very spikey.  I've picked fruits from a tour at Northey Street farm before, other than spikes, there were spiders guarding the fruits too :)

I wonder whether those long gloves for rose pruning would work... it makes a very secure front hedge though :P  The reason I got five is that I expect casualties, and hope at least one of them gives nice fruits.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 27, 2011 at 23:38
Florence, the Finger Lime is a very spiky tree ... it also has a real liking for crossed branches. The fruit is held within the canopy and quite hard to get to, dodging the spikes is tricky. I didn't realise all this when I had mine and found picking the fruit with kitchen tongs the only way I could get the crop. Keep an eye on it and remove any crossed branches and try to have a hollow centre so the fruit is more readily accessible without stabbing yourself. It takes a few years to fruit, being seedlings rather than grafts but attention early will make it possible to have a crop without spiking yourself.

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