The Money Tree…a plant with many names


Portulacaria afra is a plant found in many gardens. It’s hard to kill and asks so little that we take it for granted as an ornamental. It goes by many names in many places, often named the same as other plants, so it gets a bit mixed. I’ve heard it called ‘Money tree’, ‘Fortune plant’…

Strange days


Last night the sky turned a bizarre yellow. In its own way it was beautiful, the unusual colour turning the plants in the garden into alien creatures. According to friends who follow such things it’s because the Yanks are spraying sulphur dioxide everywhere instead of slashing their greenhouse emissions. I took a few pics and…

We’re still green! 


We’ve had a couple of weeks of super high temperatures and it looks like we’ve got more to come. The garden is still kicking on. There’s still a lot of cool green space within its bounds. It’s taking more water than we’d like to keep it this way so we’re changing some plants to more…

Capturing the washing water 


It might not look like much, but this drum, bit of pipe and reclaimed hose can save us heaps.  It’s simply a way to catch the washing machine water, let it settle, then send it to the garden. We don’t use hot water in our machine which has a 4.5 star water rating and uses…

Vlog 3: Surviving the heat


It’s the last Vlog of the year and it’s a hot one. This time, I cover the ways we keep the garden and critters watered and cool. At this stage of the game, we don’t need to artificially shade any of the plants. The garden was designed so that after two or three years, the…

Where’s the  ‘How to’s’? 


I’ve been spending a lot of the hot weather redoing some of the blog – new theme, upgraded plan, all that good stuff. While I’ve been at it, I’ve been checking out lots and lots of other people’s blogs.  I’ve noticed that there are soooo many ‘How to…’ posts and videos out there. When I…

Bare Earth… No way! 


I’ve been sharing this pic around because it’s an unusual event in the garden. When we bought the block, the first thing we did was cover the whole front yard with layers of newspaper and about 10cm (that’s 4″ in the old measurement) of compost and mulch. After a frustrating wait of a few days,…

Creeping Woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata) 


Oxalis corniculata, or Creeping Woodsorrel is a common plant in pots over here. It seems to prefer making itself at home in potting mix at our place.  A lot of folks don’t like it because ‘it’s a weed! ‘ but it’s not to me, it’s a tasty snack. It’s an Oxalis, so contains Oxalic Acid…

Something strange over the garden 


After the success of the plastic Owl in the backyard, I decided to go one step further and grab us a flying one.  These are quite a clever design, essentially they’re a plastic Owl head on a windsock with wings that stretch a metre wide.  I’ve installed it on a 4 metre length of electrical…

Mamma bird is back


Mother Blackbird had so much success raising her first batch of babies by our front door that she’s laid a second batch. It’s really encouraging when critters feel safe enough in our garden to raise families.  There was a lot of conflict with blackbirds at first, but we’ve fortified everything and sometimes leave mealworms and…