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Carked it again...!

I grew up with hydrangeas of every colour imaginable...and where I live now on a coastal fringe is complete sand...It gets so hot at times that every plant and shrub frantically tries to get under the umbrella trees...

I have spent a fortune on new Hydrangeas over the past two months and you guessed it ..34 degs everyday...and dead again...Am I ever going succeed?


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:) After previous experiences (mine + family) I have vowed never to buy a place next door to liquid ambers, Norfolk pines, very tall gums and my biggest hate ... palms.

I agree re the trees -- I do have some palms -- why do you hate them RnR? No Cocos palms but Bangalows

The intrusive root systems of some palms PlanB. Came home one day in a previous abode to find the adjoining 8 metre long x 2.5 metre tall brick wall between the neighbours lying on our driveway (their palms ... grrrr).

Also had to remove same near the our pool in that place.

Currently have Golden Cane Palms behind the pool here as planted by the previous owners. They are getting bigger and bigger and nearby plantings are dying from the rootball intrusion. Now they're starting to 'lift' edgings. Look great but I regard them as an expensive menace in the making.

Gee RnR I have quite a few Palms and also Golden canes and not one problem -- did have 16 Cocos as well and THEY were are real pain as they dropped seeds,  millions of them and untidy as well and 20+ years later I am still getting new ones popping up -- had them all removed, many years ago,  they were mooted as great but turned out to be a real pest and a weed

Has anyone grown a Chinese Tallow please?

I wonder how quickly they grow normally.  Ours was planted in about September last and it is growing like Topsy.    It grows to 9m we are told.  [It's put on nearly a meter in this time.]  It is getting plenty of sunshine except for today! Have never given it any fertilizer so it must be the vegie mix soil step son put in to create the garden bed.  But how long the goodness will last from that new soil we don't know.     

Was looking the Chinese Tallow up and came across information to the effect it is classed as a weed in the Brisbane area and certain areas of NSW. Never knew that.

Brisbane City Council
Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera)
Class C weeds – Containment and reduction

NSW Department of Primary Industies
Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera)
If you see this plant contact your council weeds officer, the NSW Invasive Plants & Animals Enquiry Line 1800 680 244 or email

North Coasts Weeds Advisory Committee
Chinese Tallow is a Class 3 Noxious Weed in the North Coast area and must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed.

Maybe it's less invasive in other areas.

Perhaps our climate is not suited to Chinese vegetables 

chinese vegetables should come from china 

LOL well they charge like wounded bulls for them in nurseries in WA.  Looking forward to its development to give us some shade.   Thanks for your investigation   RnR perhaps because the East have a higher rain fall than we do.



Think my Protea is going down hill .........

I am told to prune it!   I have already, but I fear that poor thing [and it is a decent size] has soaked up some of the liquid fertilizers from the plants next to it.  My step son came around to have a look to day and he says prune it, but I think the soil is too rich as it is  a new garden and he put in some vegie mix. Everything else is growing like a rocket, but not my dear Protea.   He says he will move it for us but not for another 8 weeks.  He is a Tree Surgeon so I guess he knows what he is doing!

It is a small tree now and I would hate to lose it.....  I am not going to touch it!  He says that this must have happened just before it started to flower as apparently they are very sensitive about that time to anything like fertilizers.

The Chinese Tallow we put in last September has taken off like a rocket, it has grown 1.4m in height since we put it in!  LOL  So now it is about 1m taller than the fence already.

It grows to  9m apparently but we have to trim it when it has reached the height we want it to stop growing.  Step son says it doesn't take kindly to pruning once it has reached it's full height. So we will have to judge the height we want.

The fruit trees we are thinking of pulling out, they are so slow.  Have plenty of food and water and sunlight, but at our age we think the plants.....Orange and Lime willl start fruiting when we are six food under ourselves....not sure what to do with those.

How long would it take a fruit tree to get up to about four meters?  Husband forgot to ask his son that question!

Ann they HATE Prosperous and it will kill them and other plants of the same species,

lucky you having a Son that is a tree surgeon

Yes Plan B that is what I thought.....the poorest soils are the best.  He said leave it for another  8 weeks by then I think it will be dead.   

I think I shall get a gardener in and get him to remove it, it cannot wait that long.  It is took big for us oldies to move, too big and heavy.

I have a Bowen Mango tree grown from seed -- there are the best I have every tasted and I have some seeds from this season as it has been a good one -- possoms got quite a few but I don't mind them enjoying them too --- I am going to try and shoot these seeds and give them away, as I won't be around to grown another tree and see it fruit

Arh...bless you Plan B, so thoughtful and kind.  Hope they are successful too.

We have a problem with a Lime tree and Orange, I think we should give them away as I don't think we shall be around to see them fruit either.

Thank you Ann,  for those kind words.


I hate the thought of leaving my critters and garden that I have nurtured for so long.

Plan B  I can relate to that, some years ago I walked around my 'then new garden' and cried as I thought my time was up having had some bad news about my health....

Yes I can get emotional about my plants so I know how you feel.  I am going through a process at the moment, were the new garden has grown so much I have to thin out things I have a lot of yellow Iris and I am not sure what I am going to do with them I have not got the heart to throw them in the wheelie bin.


Do not know if you have NABO ( neighbourhood social network) or such. If you join you can either sell or give them away free on the condition they dig them up.

Thanks Abby, we have Gumtree............not sure if I like the idea of strangers coming to the house though.  But will think about it.

The Iris I have given to some people in the street, but I need to get rid of more!

Yes it is surprising what we can get very attached to Ann

I have recently lost three of my Moth Orchids I have three left!   I gave them new soil and must have damaged The roots, it is very sad to lose a plant. They Were so beautiful I think I will leave them alone And just feed and water them.   Anyone else had issues with these or any Orchids?



orchids-mainMoth Orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids, more commonly known as ‘Moth’ orchids, are native to tropical Asia and are a stunning type of orchid that make a beautiful potted plant. The flowers are long lasting and moth orchids can live for many years, so they’re a worthwhile and very pretty investment. It’s like receiving a bunch of flowers every day for weeks!

The long, fragile looking flower spike can make moth orchids appear daunting to care for, however by using a few simple steps they can be an easy and rewarding plant to grow and can even re-flower for you.

Moth orchids naturally grow within the canopy of trees, attached to tree trunks. When grown in a pot, they need the same free draining environment so are planted into chunky, well drained orchid mix and often their roots will grow spider-like out and over the edge of the pot, similar to the way they would grow over and around tree trunks in the wild.They love humidity and bright but indirect light. Don’t place moth orchids next to an air conditioner, heater or hot westerly facing window.Every one to two weeks, water the orchid below the foliage, as moisture pooling in the crown or remaining on the leaves can encourage disease. A small watering can with a narrow spout is ideal. Overwatering can lead to the demise of your lovely orchid, so allow it to almost dry out between waterings. During particularly hot and dry weather, the overhanging roots can be misted with water every day.You can sit your potted moth orchid on a saucer that’s filled with pebbles and regularly add water to the saucer. This creates a more humid environment around the plant but doesn’t allow the roots to be permanently sitting in water.To keep moth orchids well nourished and give them the best chance to re-bloom, they should be fed regularly with an orchid food like Yates® Thrive® Orchid Liquid Plant Food, which has been specially designed to promote beautiful flowers and healthy green leaves. Any excess diluted fertiliser can be used to feed other flowering plants.Moth orchids are usually sold with their flower spike supported by a small stake. Keep this stake even after the flowers fade, as it can be used again for the next flowering season.Cooler temperatures at night encourage the development of flower spikes so look out for newly developing flower spikes in autumn.Monitor moth orchids for sap sucking insect pests like scale and mealybug, which can deplete plants, cause leaf yellowing and promote the growth of sooty mould fungus. Spraying the foliage with Confidor®will help keep these insect pests under control.

Top tip
Klare, one of Yates’ fantastic horticulturists (and self confessed orchid fanatic) shares this top moth orchid tip: after flowering, encourage more flowers by pruning the flower spike back to just above the second node from the base. A new branch will then emerge from that point, together with flower buds.

Another one has found it's way to the wheelie bin!

I wish I had not repotted them as they were ok before we did that, but I read were they needed repotting each year.  One is shooting!  So thats something.  I leave a little jug of water near them as we use air conditioning for heating.

The Protea Tree looks very very black!  it has been dug up, replanted into a huge pot we found at a store that was moving and selling these huge pots half price.  I can only hope it will live once again, there are some green leaves, but they are mostly black. There is sap in the branches!  

The London Plane tree was cut back by the owners yesterday.  I could not believe my eyes, he was up the tree standing on the branches with no safety harness on with a chain saw!

:( No help from me. I bought my first orchid last year (white flower). Was amazed how long the flowers lasted ... around 2 months.

Trimmed the flower stalk and it's still going, has produced two new leaves so am hoping for a new flower stalk later in the year. Not game to touch it apart from an occasional water.

Ladies..I thought I would help out and bring up the garden thread for your use...

Good Idea Thea

Image result for cymbidium orchids yellow photos this photo is off the net, but the last  6 - 8 weeks we have had yellow Cymbidiums out in flower.  They are much hardier than the Moth Orchids and are kept outside.




Cutting-hedge art? VERY proud mother lops 12ft tall garden bushes into the shape of her son's FACE

Birmingham mother turns garden hedge into faces of her sonBirmingham mother turns garden hedge into faces of her son"

A mother proved that her obsession with gardening has grown out of hand after she shaped her hedges into the faces of her nearest and dearest. Art graduate Michelle Foley, 48, has trimmed two of her garden hedges into 12ft tall heads based on her partner and son. Michelle, who will have neighbours green with envy at her gardening talents, is now eyeing up a third hedge depicting her daughter. Her son Brennan Black, 21, was the first to be immortalised into a garden hedge (right), before he was joined by Michelle's partner Andrew Batterham, 51 (pictured left). Michelle, who recently started running her own catering business from a vintage campervan, first took to hedge-head trimming six years ago. The keen artist cannot wait to transform her entire garden in Harborne, Birmingham into a gallery of recognisable faces.


Try looking at this Google Page to find a Community Garden near you.  They are always looking for plants, if not to keep they pot them up and sell them to make money to keep the garden going.  You should be able to find one near you and you could ring and ask if they want the plants.

When I helped start one up for local people with mental health problems, we were always on the look out for plant donations.  We were teaching them what and how to grow things in their own gardens and how to cook healthy meals for themselves and hopefully encourage them to meet and talk with people from their own area.

Hi Sandi.

Thank you for your ideas, but husband has already got rid of them two weeks ago now.  We may have other plants that we don't need soon, I made too many cuttings!

I can have a look at the site and see what is best.

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