Thursday, December 24, 2009

Firewheel: No need to trim this tree

A scarlet Poincianna starts our summer cycle and the Illawarra Flame tree follows suit – then our native Firewheel lights up the landscape in mid/late December. Three in a row. The Firewheel (Stenocarpus sinuatus) is Queensland's robust rainforest tree. Magical. It manages to bloom right on cue for Christmas and flames in New Year. At least, that's the cycle here, Down Under. A member of the Protea family it's our way of sending Season's Greetings from Cooroy Gardens. Happy holidays, and may all your Christmases grow green.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wood ducks waiting for rain

Wood ducks waiting for rain, originally uploaded by maxful.
The next four days are predicted wet. Storms. Hail. Flash flooding. I'll accept anything after the longest five month dry period on record. Thank the lord, our property has town water. So many friends paying to cart water. Can't wait for the sound of rain on the iron roof.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

vale Barney Greer

We lost a good friend and very talented man today. Miss you Barney.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Those showy Vandas are at it again

A forest of Vanda orchids once flourished in Noosa's hinterland as part of a commercial cut flower business. Gone but not forgotten. Queensland's Sunshine Coast is perfect for growing Vandas. They fly free as a flutter of colourful butterflies with sunlit days, and cool evening breezes.

Taking cuttings from the old dismantled nursery we transported cascades of the unnamed stock on to recycled bridge timbers located back of our orchid igloo in Cooroy Gardens. They stand tall against a commanding backdrop of rainforest trees lining the creek that circles three sides of the property.

With minimum fuss and very little hand watering our 'orphans' have flowered brilliantly in a rather dry summer season. Perhaps lacking the lustre of the pampered named varieties inside the orchid igloo, these guys actually promote more blossom as they struggle their roots into the cracks of the upright old bridge timbers.

Air flow is important to these old Asian imports. But how will they cope with the rising temperatures of climate change? For that matter, how will we?

Click in to see the full gallery of our Vandas growing wild.