Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica

Also known as: Mentha diemenica Wild Mint Very similar to Mentha satureoides and sometimes confused with it. Growing conditions: Full sun/Shade/part shade Groundcover Prefers slightly damp soil Suitable for pots, rockeries and as a filler between paving stones or driving strips Propagation: Cuttings Removing a rooted section of the plant as it spreads Keep moistContinue reading “Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica”

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”

Plant Profile: Coleus graveolens

Also known as: Plectranthus graveolens Native Coleus Bush Basil Mountain Plectranthus Sticky Cockspur Five Spice Plant Growing conditions: Part sun/shade Most soils/prefers moist fertile soil/doesn’t do well in sandy soils Low growing shrub I have been trying to get a native Coleus for years so I was very excited when I saw this plant available.Continue reading “Plant Profile: Coleus graveolens”

Plant Profile: Mother of Herbs

Also known as: Plectranthus amboinicus Coleus amboinicus Mexican Mint Cuban Oregano Indian Borage Country Borage French Thyme Soup Mint Spanish Thyme Indian Mint Why so many names? This plant has been cultivated and used for so long that its origins are unclear. It’s believed to originate in Africa, but is now naturalized in many countriesContinue reading “Plant Profile: Mother of Herbs”

Plant Profile: Lemon Sherbet Coleus

Also known as Coleus “Mt Carbine” Plectranthus “Mt Carbine” Coleus bellus Plectranthus bellus This plant profile is now also available as a on my YouTube channel. Watch it here Growing conditions Full sun/Part shade/Shade Tolerant of most soils/prefers well-drained position Indoor/Outdoor Pots/Garden beds/Rockeries Brush past the leaves, a faint lemon spritz slips through the airContinue reading “Plant Profile: Lemon Sherbet Coleus”

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 to Kitchen: Garden Salad

There’s something magical about harvesting for a meal you’re about to eat. I love the process of wandering through the garden spying what I can harvest and imagining how fresh and tasty the resulting meal will be. Last night I did this for a delicious garden salad to accompany local meats and cheeses that IContinue reading “Garden to Kitchen: Garden Salad”

Garden Days: edible flower garden

Last year I grew an edible flower garden and my daughter started harvesting and making salads for the family dinner table and, even more surprisingly, my son ate them! As a general rule, my daughter only eats raw fruit and vegetables and my son mostly prefers cooked vegetables. They both love edible flowers and wereContinue reading “Garden Days: edible flower garden”

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”