Top ten list of garden plants

  • Abutilons of all kinds
  • Buddlejas old and new
  • Epiphytic orchids and ferns
  • Gordonia species
  • Heliotrope, Lemon verbena, Fennel and herbs
  • Michelias of all sorts
  • Perennial Salvias large and small
  • Species Camellias
  • Tea and China Roses
  • Weigela of all types

Montville Rose

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Floods and recovery

Last week we were effectively housebound and an extraordinary rain event spread the floods of South East Queensland into the cities of Ipswich and Brisbane causing loss of life and critical damage. Then the sun came out.
This week the clean up and repair of thousands of homes and businesses is beginning. It has been a profound lesson in the power and changeability of nature.
In our garden, far from the dramatic effects of flood, flowers bloom, birds sing and there is no sign left behind of the severe weather of the week before. Is it luck? Probably! Is it a sign of some fundamental global warming phenomenum? That's a debate for others.
We are just grateful that our family have been high, dry and safe and amazed at the great spirit shown by those who rebuild through this event and those who help them.
Michael Simpson

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