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The Butterfly Bush

In Conscious Living on November 20, 2009 at 8:20 am

Gardening always surprises you. Moment to moment, day to day you are presented with something new. New flowers, new fruit, new weeds… it’s amazing.

One of the surprises I was greeted with was the sudden collapse of one of my favourite plants – the Butterfly Bush; Buddleia davidii. Aptly named, this large growing shrub exudes a sweet nectary smell that bees, butterflies and other bugs swarm to. I ‘use’ them in the garden as a ‘bee bank’ – to draw in bees to pollinate the fruit trees. We have a pink variety, white, sky blue, yellow and in this case, a violet-near-black beauty called ‘Black Knight’. Read the rest of this entry »



In Conscious Living, Uncategorized on November 19, 2009 at 9:36 am

It was the middle of the night and outside my window there was a loud, synchronized thud. I knew it was lemons falling from our Lisbon Lemon tree. The next morning, I went around the sideway and collected the lemons that had fallen – there were about a dozen.

Not many people know that you’re not supposed to pick lemons from the tree. This is because they don’t ripen once picked. To achieve full flavour, lemons should fall.

Due to a recent Spring heatwave ( and little rain ), the lack of moisture in the soil had caused the tree to ‘shed some of it’s load’. To let go of what it could no longer support. Interestingly, it doesn’t abort it’s newly formed fruit – just the ones that are close-to-ready.

Q. What do you need to let go of so that something new in your life has a chance to grow?

Essence of the Times – November 2009

In Essence of the Times on November 10, 2009 at 9:10 pm

If October was about anything, it was about manouvring yourself into a better position. Having said that, November should come a bit easier and in the lead up to Christmas, things should greatly settle. With no new collective mishaps on the horizon – and a great deal of murk already processed this year – November is a time of joy! Read the rest of this entry »

The Spirit of Gardening

In News on November 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

There nothing I love more than buying new plants. Whether it be recieving boxes in the post from a mail order catalogue, buying plants on ebay or raiding someone else’s collection for new treasures that they don’t want to part with – I love it all.

Many years ago when I was working at Gardenworld, I was heavily involved in the Victorian Cactus & Succulent society. There was one particular event that was held every year that I really loved going to. They called it a ‘one day happening’. It was a day where the Melbourne, Gellong and Ballarat cactus societies got together in a big scout hall and talked, sold and traded plants. It was great because you got to meet new people as well as paw through other people’s plants trash-n-treasure style! It literally took you hours to get around the hall! Read the rest of this entry »

Bromfest 2009

In News on November 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

2009-10-14Well the preparations for Bromfest 2009 are going well! Bromfest ( and buying more bromeliads ) have kept me busy out in the garden, hence no blogging! But I’m back in the saddle now!

The date set for the 1st ever Bromeliad swap meet is December 12th and is being held in Melbourne, Australia. There is a limit of 50 attendees.

What is Bromfest?

Bromfest ( short for “bromeliad festival” ) is not just a ‘garden show’ – it is a plant swap meet where you get the chance to sell your plants, trade them with others for new ones, show your favorites in a mini-plant-show and talk about your plants with other enthusiasts. Bromfest is a day where you get to share out your old or extra plants with friends and perhaps pick up a bargain. You don’t have to have ‘picture perfect’ plants – so have a hunt around your collection, clean out your glasshouse ( so you can walk around in there ) and bring that old ratty plant that you have been neglecting. Old, new it doesn’t matter. Bring your plants along.

Imagine if everyone who came brought along with them a box ( or more ) of their favourite, old or surplus plants to sell, swap, show off or trade! What a great day!

Here’s What’s at Bromfest

  • B.B.Q. – Celebrate the end of 2009 in barbeque style! Bring a plate of your favourite dish to share with others!
  • Mini-Brom Show – Bring your favourite brom ( or something that you have in flower ) for display in the mini-show.
  • Plant Stalls – Bring along your plants for sale. Bring as many as you want – the more the merrier! Stalls *cost nothing and there’s no commissions on your sales!
  1. Some tressle tables will be available and although we’re on a quarter acre block, we have a pretty big lawn area.
  2. Stalls *cost nothing... but it would be good if you brought some of your old spare plants to give away free to people on the day.
  • Bring Your Surplus Plants – Bring your extra or surplus plants for others to have a look at – there’s nothing better than rifling through polly boxes of other peoples plants!
  • Mother Plants – Don’t throw your old mother plants away! Box them, bring them along and trade them in for something else!
  • Rare or other unusual plants welcome! – Cactus, carnivourous, orchids – all welcome!
  • Cuttings – Maybe bring a box of your cuttings, cut flowers, etc… it’s all good.