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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holidays and Time to redesign some areas

January 2018, our first holiday in 18 months. We travelled to Toowoomba and had a very relaxed and comfortable time. We couldn't resist a couple of plant nurserys and had a great discussion with Penny McKinlay at Pittsworth
The following are waiting to go in with our next rains.
A list of Salvias and perennials is mentioned on a previous blog.
The 'Wisteria Arch; has been stripped on Wisteria to let the lovely and are old Rose AIMEE VIBERT (1828) NOISETTE, continue to climb over this (also to add rose ADÉLAÏDE D'ORLÉANS to this structure)

The North Rose garden will be taken back from Anenome and Salvia elegans, Salvia "hot lips" etc with the red roses below to be added.
After a lovely visit and some discussion we accquired the following from Penny McKinlays nursery at Pittsworth
Penny McKinlays nursery Pittsworth
ADÉLAÏDE D'ORLÉANS Rambling Rose One of the most beautiful rambling roses. Produces great quantities of creamy white, semi-double blooms, which hang elegantly in dainty sprays. Almost evergreen. Very healthy. Ideal for shade Bred by Antoine Jacques in France 1826

KNOCK OUT The bloom cycle produces rich cherry red/hot pink blooms that will continue until the first hard frost. Black spot resistant, drought tolerant and self-cleaning, Bred by William J. Radler, USA, 1999

DOUBLE KNOCK OUT CUTTINGS GROWN This rose is much like the original 'Knock Out', but with a higher petal count (approx. 30-35 petals). The flowers are a very similar shade of glowing cherry red, the disease resistance is just as good
Rosa Double Knock Out
MR LINCOLN CUTTINGS GROWN HYBRID TEA large fragrant deep red DOUBLE blooms flowering at the end of long stems Bred by Swim & Weeks, USA, 1964 this very tall growing rose to 1.8 metres

From The Springs nursery Toowoomba
Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower ‘Flamingo”
This is a majestic, clump forming perennial. Spikes of scarlet red flowers on stems up to 1.8mts.
Narrow green to bronze-purple leaves make this a year round beauty.Flowers in Summer and Autumn. Height 1m.
 Kyleigh at Newtown Park, her birthday 2018
While in Toowoomba we visited the State Rose garden at Newtown Park as well. Very hot dry weather and we noted the new Heritage Roses in Australia areas.
State Rose garden Toowoomba

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A garden visit

Michael and I recently visited the garden at Pattemore House at Maleny. It was late in the afternoon and there was a lovely breeze blowing from the east as we entered through the back garden  past the privet hedge. It is the sort of place where the house nestles into its surroundings and the remnant plants such as  mature camellias , persimmons, mulberry  trees  instantly set a scene . These are the survivors  - the plants that have grown through droughts and flooding rain  and they give the gardner a clue as to what grows well .The cobble stones in the laundry area and the open verandah invites a closer look. The historical group had provided us with a detailed map so we were able to identify all of the garden  and the proposed directions for the garden.
It was lovely to see the old plants retained as so often gardens are swept aside , heritage or no heritage. As if a garden is just something that can be filled in later after the "important" hard landscaping is done. It is soft landscaping that is the ingredient for old gardens. I like the human touch where pavers are not pristine or rocks are piled as garden edges. Lets face it people in the past had a mend and make do philosophy perhaps more by economic necessity than desire.
The wind in the trees always takes me back to childhood and this home has a lot of the ingredients to become a really worthwhile garden to visit . I like the rough lawn and those deep shady places under the mulberry boughs and . There is possibly a lot you could do in the garden but perhaps paring back and keeping the garden as original as possible might be best. Adding on to garden beds and filling in hedges and basically treading lightly will be the key.
From the front there is a long drive lined with mature trees. This landscape allows visitors to wander away from the house garden and view the property from a different angle. I always imagine what it would have been like to live in particular houses. What a day would have been like and who would have been playing or working in the garden. I imagine on hot afternoons families and friends may have sat on the verandah and looked out for a sign of rain as we did today.
I imagine the children picking mulberries and being covered in juice-their mouths, hands and probably their clothes. Someone might suddenly feel a spot of rain and there would be a mad dash to get the clothes off the line. Someone might start getting attacked by mozzies and as the dusk settles it will be time to head indoors.
As we drove away we looked out across Maleny's new estates  with smaller blocks and landscaped outdoor areas . It makes it even more important to preserve and value the gardens surrounding the older buildings on the Blackall Range. I guess we took for granted the Queensland gardens we grew up with when everyone had a mango tree , a chook house  and a patch of maiden hair fern under the steps. It was normal as children
to leave the house from morning til night and quite simply be occupied in the garden or friends gardens or in our case down at the beach or on the cliffs at Shorncliffe.
Garden preservation is for the future generations and I hope that it doesn't become a rarefied treat to actually get all those wonderful feelings from gardens.

A new Year and New plants for "The Shambles"

A new year, our 26th at "The Shambles" sees warm temperatures, satisfactory rain and an effort to replace lost plants , add new ones and continue the vitality of our collections.
Livistona chinesis x 2, Coffee arabica x 2 and Duranta lorentzii x 2 all added in NW garden areas in December 2017

HERB COTTAGE   31/12/2017. Very prompt delivery with plants arriving in good condition
Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'  2       We have one good specimen but want to try it elsewhere.
Iris virginica  Iris versicolorBlue Flag Iris versicolor is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant, growing 10–80 centimetres high. This iris tends to form large clumps from thick, creeping rhizomes. The unwinged, erect stems generally have basal leaves that are more than 1 cm wide. Leaves are folded on the midribs so that they form an overlapping flat fan. The well developed blue flower has 6 petals and sepals spread out nearly flat and have two forms. The longer sepals are hairless and have a greenish-yellow blotch at their base. The inferior ovary is bluntly angled. Flowers are usually light to deep blue (purple and violet are not uncommon) and bloom during May to July. Fruit is a 3-celled, bluntly angled capsule. The large seeds can be observed floating in fall.  1. Don't know if this will work here.
Buddleja davidii white central shrub garden

Buddleja davidii 'Santana'   PURPLE FLOWER VARIEGATED   2   for Stone circle, variegated plant collection.
Heliotrope – Golden  1    Front pah garden
Rose Mutabilis   2            Can never have enough of these. We have 3 healthy ones about the place.
Rosemary - Herb Cottage Rosemary  1    For fenced rose garden with other Rosemary varieties.
Salvia corrugata   1                            To replace a lost one
Salvia dorisiana 'Fruity Sage'  2        To replace lost plants
Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila'  2        To replace lost plants
Valerian                    1                       As a foolish experiment.
BRENLISSA ONLINE NURSERY  NSW   , trialling this source for Salvias
Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila' - Big mexican scarlet sage.     2
Salvia Leucantha 'Velour White' Delv from mid Dec 2017   1
Salvia mexicana 'Limelight'           2
PERENNIALLE PLANTS NURSERY  . This nursery has Phlomis and we have a new spot in the sun, where the Tabebuia chrysora was removed.
Phlomis fruticosa - Jerusalem Sage  2

Phlomis russeliana                               2
Farfugium japonicum aureomaculatum , not many golden spots in the shade but an uncommon and very hard to get specimen
Also added to the SW corner where Lady Finger Banana is establishing
Citrus limon "Eureka" lemon variety
Citrus  Tahitian Lime
Another Hardenbergia violacea

Cuttings grown Clerodendrum bungeii,  just west of the Fenced Rose garden

Darvallia fijiensis and an erst Fern from Michael Wilson added further along this path