Plant Profile – Cut Leaf Daisy

Want bees? Grow some Brachyscomes! Also known as: Brachyscome multifida Cut-leafed Daisy Break O’ Day Swan River Daisy Good Old Native Daisy Rock Daisy Native Daisy Growing conditions: Part shade/Full sun (prefers full sun) Tolerates almost any soil/prefers well-drained loam Needs light watering in dry seasons Suitable for garden beds/rockeries/pots/borders Groundcover/living mulch Propagation: Seed –Continue reading “Plant Profile – Cut Leaf Daisy”

Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry

Also known as: Sambucus australasica Native Elderberry Yellow Elderberry Native Elder Growing conditions: Part shade/Shade Grows in most soils Prefers a moist location Propagation: Fresh seed in autumn subtropics/tropics Will need a cold frame in cooler climates Despite its preference for moist soil, this plant has been one of my drought survivors. It recovers quicklyContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry”

Plant Profile – Aloe Vera

Also known as Aloe barbadensis miller Aloe Barbados Aloe Growing conditions: Full Sun/Part shade/Bright shade Succulent Well-drained soil/sandy loam Suitable for pots/indoor pots/garden beds/rockeries Propagation: Propagation is easiest by separating pups from a “mother” plant. Demonstration available on my YouTube channel Click here to watch When I think of Aloe Vera,  I think of sunburn.  IContinue reading “Plant Profile – Aloe Vera”

Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat

Hello and welcome to my garden. This beauty isn’t a dead tree, it’s a sustainable, slow-built, high-rise apartment building for wildlife. In this tree we have observed countless birds, including endangered species, mammals including possums and gliders, reptiles like tree snakes and bearded dragons and various insects and arachnids. Many people have suggested that weContinue reading “Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat”

Garden Friends and Foes – what’s that?

I’ve always had “what the…?” moments in my garden and struggled to get information to explain what is it that I am seeing. Here I plan to document some of my findings progressively. Check back if you’re interested in knowing what those random nests and larvae are in your garden.

Plant Profile: Commelina diffusa – Climbing Dayflower

Also known as: Commelina cyanea (in New South Wales, possibly a different species, scientific analysis ongoing) Scurvy Plant  Native Wandering Jew Creeping Christian Climbing Dayflower Spreading Dayflower Growing conditions: Part shade/Shade Tolerant of most soils Groundcover (can become invasive in good conditions) Suitable for rockeries and hanging pots Perennial in tropics and subtropics, annual inContinue reading “Plant Profile: Commelina diffusa – Climbing Dayflower”

Garden Friends and Foes: identifying Commelina species

(This blog post is a transcript of a YouTube clip on the janegrowsgardenrooms channel. To watch Click here) Hello, and welcome to my garden. Today I’m down in the gully. I am sitting beside a big patch of what’s commonly known as dayflowers, because their flowers rarely last more than a day, if that. NowContinue reading “Garden Friends and Foes: identifying Commelina species”

Garden Friends: Buzz Pollinators

The following is a transcript of my vlog posted on YouTube. If you would like to watch the video Click here Hello, and welcome to my garden. Today I’m sitting here with the Blue Tongue plant. It’s called the Blue Tongue Plant because these berries which are developing here, if you eat too many ofContinue reading “Garden Friends: Buzz Pollinators”

Garden Days: Wiggly Woo Farm

I was stunned by my children’s excitement when I told them we were going to get the worm farm going again.  They are exposed to garden activities on a regular basis so they don’t always appreciate them, but the worm farm… whoa! Stop the press! This is a great idea! Worm farms truly give bangContinue reading “Garden Days: Wiggly Woo Farm”

The Pioneer who Stole my Heart

When we started to remove the invasive weed species from our block and made efforts to improve the soil we noticed a number of plants popping up that I thought might be weeds. As I researched and identified them I frequently came across the term “pioneer species” in relation to the vigourous growers. It turnsContinue reading “The Pioneer who Stole my Heart”