Exotic (A-Z)

Apthenia Baby Sunrose

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Apthenia Baby Sunrose – Label says evergreen soft-wooded perennial or succulent, small red flowers. 10 cm high – spreading. I planted several of these along the native path against the sandstone blocks.  The ground was like concrete. I each plant a little mound of compost and watered occasionally until it took. It now spreads nicely… Read more

Bamboo to Block the Western Sun

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There are two ways to get shade – to build it or to grow it – and I need shade on the western side of the house. When we moved here there was a mock orange hedge – horrible thing.  It was two metres high but didn’t block the sun, it billowed out and filled… Read more



This pale yellow clivia is by the path to the front door. Along the west fence is the more common orange clivia. It has moved around a little but seems to have found its niche. Poor clay soil, deep shade in winter, not so deep in summer. I cut off the seed pods after the… Read more

Golden Carpet Stonecrop (Sedum acre)

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This stuff grows anywhere, tolerates poor and dry soil, strikes from small pieces. Small yellow flowers.  The blue tongue lizards like it. I was a bit concerned about weed potential but it seems to spread, not jump and is easy to pull out.  To kill completely, just sheet-cover or out-compete. Alyssum can beat it. August… Read more



Pentas have hairy green leaves and clusters of flowers in shades of red, white, pink, and purple. I planted some in the front bed from a punnet of seedlings and forgot about them until a year on I found this one thriving despite considerable neglect.  And today I saw them again at the Bribie Island… Read more

Sunflowers and Native Bees

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This is reason enough to grow sunflowers. https://youtu.be/cYSLYrHalOs This sunflower is beside the pond and gets the morning sun. It has lots of tiny native bees and a single larger one. I’m not sure what type of bee it is.And here are some more against the fence facing west. https://youtu.be/UxJxmnMzVu0 Note to self: get some… Read more