Category Archives: horticulture

Conservation and Renewal

There was an old man who lived in a forest. As he grew older and older, he started losing his hair, until one day, on his deathbed, he was completely bald.
That day, he called his children to a meeting. He said, “Look at my hair. It used to be so magnificent, but it’s completely gone now. My hair can’t be saved. But look outside in the forest. It’s such a lovely forest with so many trees, but sooner or later they’ll all be cut down and this forest will look as bald as my hair.”
“What I want you to do,” the man continued, “is, every time a tree is cut down or dies, plant a new one in my memory. Tell your descendants to do the same. It shall be our family’s duty to keep this forest strong.”
So they did. Each time the forest lost a tree, the children planted a seed and grew a new one, and so did their children, and their children after them.
And for centuries, the forest remained as lush and pretty as it once was, all because of one man and his re-seeding heirline.


Dutton Toxicity

Is it wrong to hope for some

sudden onset

Phytophthora infestans?

disease credit to Mace Hope.


Red Rose


Purple Rose


Buff’s Bromeliad



It is rocketing up


A Leaf Photosynthesising

The autumn sun shining through a new Viburnum Tinus leaf .

Solar power at its most basic.

Viburmun Tinus


My Tansy is flowering.


Catted Stove

I set out to cross a black cat with a stove

This is what happened.



Yummy to the eye and Yummy to the tongue.

My variagated Nasturtiums are flowering deliciously!


Wise Blossoms

wise blossoms

Salvia officinalis


Butternut Pumpkin

Bunbury grows all sorts of interesting plants.

This self-sown butter-nut pumpkin is showing signs of reverting to its original gourd state.


Pumpkin soup is on the horizon


I left my TV, my Radio, my Social Media because I was terrified.

Terrified of the possibility of a Tony Abbott Prime Monstership after the next election.

I walked outside to some fresh air and my balcony garden.

And was terrified again as I came face to face with the Monster from Evolution Space.


It was only slightly more comforting to have a second view of this creature


Hibiscus Opening

My balcony hibiscus finally begins to flower.

For those who need to these things, its varietal name is “Jayella


And a couple of hours later – – –


Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Social Garlic

Apparently the strappy leaves can be used like chives.

I do know they have a strong garlic smell.

I shall test them in the next omelette I make  🙂