Native Ginger or Alpinia caerulea

Plant Profile Also known as: Growing Conditions: Propagation Uses This plant is a wonderful way to find buzz-pollinating bees in your garden. It delivered my first Teddy Bear Bee sighting and numerous Blue-banded Bee sightings. It is a classic understorey plant from subtropical and tropical rainforests and can therefore be used in shady places inContinue reading “Native Ginger or Alpinia caerulea”

A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid

Dipodium variegatum The Slender Hyacinth Orchid is truly a wildflower. Orchid enthusiasts have tried to cultivate it, but have been unsuccessful due to its unique growing conditions. Dipodium variegatum is leafless and the only part of it that appears above ground is the stalk and flower. It is a saprophyte meaning that it is notContinue reading “A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid”

Sago Bush or Ozothamnus Diosmifolius

Plant Profile This plant is not hard to find in Tamborine Village. Ozothamnus diosmifolius is flowering beautifully this year. From my back patio It looks like the bushes are snow-topped as they cluster around our dam. The name comes from the Greek Ozo “to smell” and Thamnus “shrub” referring to the pungent smell of crushedContinue reading “Sago Bush or Ozothamnus Diosmifolius”

It Starts with a Trickle

Living Upstream and Downstream in a Global Community When you think about it, every revolution in human history started with a trickle, a small group of humans pushing for change. As the trickle moved downstream it gathered volume and momentum, followers, and the push for change intensified until it became a flood that the mostContinue reading “It Starts with a Trickle”

Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus

This plant is a biodiversity hub in my garden.  A few moments of close observation on any given day reveals species galore. From the Eastern Sedge Frog family to Rainbow Lorikeets to countless insects, I am never disappointed. My children are also regularly drawn to the tree to gather and gobble the tiny sweet fruitsContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus”

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”

International Day of Forests  – Thoughts amongst trees

What is a forest? A haven for thought, a home for peace, quiet, noisy, alive, awake, silent sentinels breathing life into the atmosphere and earth. What is a forest? A responsibility,  hours of work, pleasure in regeneration,  search for understanding,  networks above and below and around, solitude in a crowd. What is a forest? Imagination, Continue reading “International Day of Forests  – Thoughts amongst trees”