William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Aus.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


We are off to Sydney tomorrow for three weeks so I ambled around the garden and hoped that all the rain we had over the last few months will be enough to keep the garden alive while we are away. We used to have a computerised watering system which was great for when we went away. However they were banned by the council when we had a drought and the ban remains. Anyway the underground hoses have been damaged from having the tank installed. So dear garden I hope you survive. I'm not good at names but I'll have a guess. Feel free to correct me.



Honey Gem Grevillea

A variety of Bromeliads follow. 

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  1. We used to have one of those wonderful watering systems too, now it is plants fend for yourself. They all look hardy and beautiful so I'm sure they'll survive. You have much more exciting things to think about!

  2. Oh my gosh, I hope these survive too Diane. Your flowers are gorgeous!

  3. Ups! Also meant to say have a great time in Sydney.

  4. Have fun! Wish I was going with you.

  5. Beautiful garden plants. And, again, amazing how many of them grow here in FLorida -- and how many of them are sold as houseplants back in the Pacific northwestern part of US.

    Happy Travels -- enjoy the City!!

  6. All your plants look marvelous! I bet they will all be OK... Between the additional moisture they have had, and the cooler autumn temperatures, they will make do. Have a great time in Sydney!!

  7. I know exactly how you feel, Diane.... There are tornado watches out at our home right now---and we're gone (on the way to the beach)... Hope we have a home to go back to next Sat.

    Have a wonderful three weeks--and keep us posted about the baby.... I know it will be an exciting time.


  8. What an exciting time! You all and the baby are in my prayers.

    Wish I were there. I would water your garden for you -- until I saw that snake and I'm afraid that would be the last the garden saw of me.

    Beautiful pictures too. Take care, and have a safe trip.

  9. Your flowers and plants are beautiful and that's what counts. For me you can call them Jim and John and Mary that's easier than Bromeliads, lol
    You lucky girl ! the date comes more and more close and then you will be Grandma !! I have to wait until end of November ! I am curious to see the first pictures !

  10. Hope you have a lovely trip to Sydney. Those plants are sold as houseplants in UK. They will likely survive better in your garden than they would in my house!

  11. Hi Diane and Bill....It is most exciting for you at this moment in time....waiting for the delivery of your little grandchild....Have fun....enjoy all.....love from
    Alma and Bill.xxx Love to Sonya and Bernie...also Carol and David,xx
    we are sure your beautiful garden is well nourished and will survive.

  12. How exciting, cannot wait to hear all the news about your 1st grandchild. Beautiful garden, hopefully we may have some rain while you are away. Safe trip and take care xoxo

  13. I hope the flowers survive your adventure. They are gorgeous.

  14. Such an excitng time for you Diane! Enjoy every moment..can't wait to hear the news!

  15. Hi Diane, your plant names are very correct.
    I think that your plants will live well.
    Enjoy your stay in Sydney.

    My cactus live well outside.
    Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20°F (-7°C)
    Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50°F (10°C)
    Heat Tolerance: Light shade
    Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer
    Origin: Argentina (Tucumán)
    Growth Habits: Much branched succulent, up to 4 inches tall (10 cm), the mostly prostrate stems are 0.5 inches in diameter (1.2 cm), up to 6 inches long (15 cm); 8 to 10 ribs; 10 to 15 bristles, 2 mm long.
    Watering Needs: Moderate water in summer, none in winter
    Propagation: Small joints are produced in quantities (peanuts) they root easily when they touch the ground.

  16. Hi Diane; I think this is a good time to have a holiday as it is not as hot and drying anymore for the garden to look after itself.. I think most plants ones they are established survive well three weeks without watering. Perhaps the rain godesses will also send some rain from time to time. Diane when you are back and you see some plants to show stress, water them well and cut them back and they will grow again. Usually cutting back is a rejuvenation for most plants. Happy holidays. T.

  17. These garden plants are beautiful. I wish you a happy trip and I hope your plants will survive the season too.

  18. Hi Diane
    What stunning photos - lovely plants. Let's hope nature takes care of your garden and mine. I was in Daylesford a few weeks ago, but am currently in Malaysia.

    Take care, Evelyn

  19. Hi Diane! Thrre weeks in Sydney? Would love that... ;))
    Hopefully the garden will survive...

    What about Ephesus? Blogtrotter Two has it... ;) Enjoy and have a great week!!

  20. your plants are so beautiful...so exotic looking to me compared to the woodland flowers here in New England...I do hope your garden continues to thrive!

  21. HAVE FUN!!


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