Monday, August 20, 2012

Jocelyn's fantastic Cacti and Succulent Collection

Today, Ian McMaugh and I visited Jocelyn, in Darkes Forest. She has a stunning collection of cacti and succulents, and a very cute kitty called Pol. It was a beautiful spring day, perfect for a drive in the country. We both bought about a dozen plants and stopped on the way home for a tops bacon and egg roll.

Friday, August 17, 2012

18th August, Sydney Botanical Gardens

 Today a friend and I went to the Botanical Gardens. It was a great time to see a lot of Aloes in flower in the Cacti and Succulent section of the garden. The other FANTASTIC  thing was that all of the flying foxes have been driven out. Im looking forward to the recovery of a lot of trees that have suffered from the Flying Fox occupation

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bromeliad Society Show

 Today Don and I went to The Bromeliad Society of NSW Autumn Show. Its always really crowded with fellow enthusiasts trying to pick up a bargain. On one side of the room are the floral arrangements and prizewinning plants. On the other side of the room are all of the bromeliads and Tillandsias for sale. They really should think about re arranging the layout because you spend a lot of time politely elbowing people out of the way so you can get your mitts on your dream plant!

I bought some Tillandsias to hang in the skylight of my bathroom, plus a beautiful Neoregelia pendula hybrid. I like the idea of buying plants for my balcony that don't weigh much. The ones I bought today are all epiphytic and don't require potting.
However, I did pick up a flyer for The Cacti and Succulent Society Autumn Show which is on next Saturday. Im sure to be tempted to buy something!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hoya Australis

Last weekend at the Sydney Botanical Gardens , I spotted this Hoya australis in flower. From the family ASCLEPIADACEAE, it is found in dry rainforest in sub coastal ranges, coastal bluffs and littoral rainforest from near Cooktown in Northeast Queensland to near Grafton in Northeast NSW. Collected by Banks and Solander at Endeavour River

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Crassula perforata

This succulent is flowering profusely at the moment. I was trying to look up some info on its origins, and lots of sites described the flowers as "unremarkable"! Its originally from South Africa and seems to thrive on neglect. I have grown from one little cutting that I got from a friend a couple of years ago.

Autumn 2012

Its been about 2 years since my last post on Blogspot. Of course there are a lot more plants on my Balcony. Ive tried to avoid getting too many more heavy plants and I've been experimenting with tying Bromeliads onto my brush fence. They aren't heavy and most don't need soil.  The top photo is a climbing frangipani, which has really taken off. Unfortunately its deciduous

Friday, April 6, 2012

Im coming back to blogger

Today is April 7th, 2012. I have had a blog on Tumblr which has been languishing . I just had a look at this blog and decided that it looked pretty good, so Im coming back to blogger. So to all of my millions of followers - lookout!