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I am very fond of Dayboro, the folk are down to earth, the scenery gorgeous. It's still close to amenities but feels "country".  So the opportunity to spend, all up, 8 weeks here is most pleasureable. 

I am staying for two weeks at Lynn and Wayne's place first up - actually having my holiday to cover the period, looking after their four puddies, Jack the (adorable, smart Bull Arab) dog and getting out of looking after the chooks as neighbour Andrea has that job. I just get the free range eggs :)

We did a GV here in 2016  for further information.

The house is a beautiful old Queenslander with great airflow and polished wood floors. The garden a quarter acre of flowers, herbs, veg beds and fruit trees. Wonderful. Pretty much my idea of a dream home....apart from the nutgrass....there is a LOT of nutgrass. It's a real challenge for them.

This is the view I wake to in the morning - it's also a great verandah to sit on at night (no mossies) and sip some red while watching the galas fly over.

Lynn's front yard has a large area dedicated to bee attracting flowering plants. There are lots of bees - mainly honey, SNB and Blue Banded. 

Amongst them is this mystery plant which the bees just love! big time. The flowers don't open until it becomes sunny - pale yellow petals with a darker centre. Reminiscent of rosellas and hibiscus....if anyone can name it please.

NOTE: Christa managed to track down the name of this plant which was then confirmed by Jerry C-W. Thank you to both of you:
Yes, Turnera ulmifolia 'Elegans' it is (Turneraceae, Central America). Not very common. Definitely worth saving the seed. 🙂
Kind regards

Some of my charges. Despite being a big intelligent dog Jack is a wuss when it comes to the slightest hint of thunder and needs to be close to his humans.

Sam, one of four cats and surely the most decorative - he has decided my crop basket is a good place to rest.

The chickens are very pretty. I'm not up on chicken varieties but some of the prettiest here are Wyandotts which I thought up to this very moment were called Wine Dots! There are also two regular black laying chooks. One of which has a prolapse.

But the chook with the most personality is fluffy little white Betty. I have no idea what type of chook Betty is (turns out she's a Frizzle) but she lays lovely little eggs and "talks" to me all the time. Vocally asking to be let out of her own little pen in the mornings and following me around when I'm in the backyard, yacking away. Her friend is another small breed I don't know the name of (now know she is a Sebright), very pretty but sturky of me.

Lynn and Wayne have a big range of fruit trees growing on their block - 

Panama Berries - one of my favourite sweet snacks. This is about half of today's crop (rest eaten before I thought to take a pic).

Lots of citrus including this Mandarin...

There's lots of productive orange trees and I think these are perhaps Pummelos or Grapefruit....

Plenty of ripening Dragonfruit.....

Two large figs covered in fruit...

An espaliered orchard with chook run down the middle (chooks are free range in the backyard and can come and go from this run), great idea....



Banks of Rosellas that they turn into jams and cordials.....

Grow tunnel for greens.....

Pumpkins galore.....

And a very productive Coffee plant in the front yard that Wayne makes his own coffee out of.....

Everywhere I go, Jack goes with me. He loves me but I think I must be boring company compared to Mum and Dad who never stop moving and doing stuff. He seems a bit puzzled why I'm out taking pictures when I could be playing catch with him.

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Comment by Lissa on March 6, 2017 at 5:18

Elaine - We're on the right track I think with (native?) hibiscus but I couldn't see the matching leaf and flower in that link.

That family of plants is so diverse and useful - from Cottonwood trees, to Aibika with edible leaves and mallows.

Comment by Lissa on March 6, 2017 at 4:59

Cathie - Had a look at the Barleria's - the only one with a similar, but different coloured flower, has spines unlike this plant. All others have different type of flower.

The flowers only open during certain conditions and times of the day - I must persevere and get a photo. I'm pretty sure it's in the same family as Rosellas and Hibiscus, Mallows.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on March 5, 2017 at 22:36
Lissa, I believe your mystery plant is a 'Barleria'. I have most commonly seen the pink form but I'm pretty sure that is what you have. Good to know it is so popular with the bees. I really enjoyed visiting the garden at Wayne and Lynn's place. So productive and pretty.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 5, 2017 at 18:23

Maybe either of these sites will have what you are looking for Lissa. Colleen Keena is a fairly local woman (around Ipswich if I remember correctly). She sent the first Aibika cuttings to me some years back now; a lot of people now grow it.

Comment by Lissa on March 5, 2017 at 17:58

Nup, not a salvia. These flowers are like a little hibiscus. Perhaps a native hibiscus?? - it has a dentate type leaf. Yellow flower with a darker centre. It has little feeding stations on either side of the base of the leaf for the ants which cover the plant. A real insect magnet as the bees of all sorts love it too.

Comment by Christa on March 5, 2017 at 16:47

Mystery plant - maybe Salvia greggii white autumn sage.

Comment by Lissa on March 5, 2017 at 16:22

Thanks girls for trying to identify the plant. I must have missed the flowers opening today - just past 4 and they are closed again. Will try tomorrow.

Comment by Pollyanna on March 5, 2017 at 15:22
Er, leaf looks like a vinca, not a coleus ☺️ I am so rubbish with non edibles.

Maybe a Sida of some sort?
Comment by Christa on March 5, 2017 at 13:55

Dayboro has always been a lovely country like place to live.  That mystery plant, is the flower a tube or a tongue-like flower?   It's got me stumped.    Not long ago, I got rid of a thick book that had all white flowers in it.  

Comment by Lissa on March 4, 2017 at 17:43

Now that did get laughing Rob :) Because you could be right!

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