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 9, 2011

water, water, everywhere

Water, water everywhere. We could not get to the Surgery in Brisbane today, turned back early this morning due to blinding rain and dangerous roads. Flooding continues and towns affected badly this morning are Dalby, Maryborough, Rockhampton and Gympie. Extensive clean-ups are starting in Emerald, Theodore, Chinchilla, Warwick, Allora and all parts between.
Many gardens along with many homes will have been permanently damaged and will either be abandoned or will need extensive renovation.
When homes and livelihoods are getting back on track people will get comfort when they see natures recovery in gardens. Weeds may our-strip the pace of recovery in Agriculture where many crops have been ruined. However, some tough old fashioned remnant plants will survive around homesteads and houses in town. Hopefully their first flowers will give flood affected people renewed hope.
In our garden water can quickly get away into the deep red soil. Trees and shrubs have withstood the wind and irrepressible Canna generalis, Dahlia x hybridum, Salvia confertiflora and many tea roses, Abutilons, Ruelia, Buddleja and Agapanthus are in full flower. Their flowers and stems are pushed over into the thick wet buffolo grass by the weight of the water in their petals.
Here's hoping for sunnier days . The fertlizer bags are piled up, the tools are stacked in the shed, the sprays are waiting on the bench where they have been for sokme time and will probably remain for weeks more.

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