There was a controlled burn off today in the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. You have to love it when they say controlled burn off in The Botanic Gardens!!! The fire sirens and fire trucks let us know that the controlled burn off is out of control yet again.... So close to our home, showering us in embers and heavy ash and thick smoke.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Clivia (Bush lily, Fire Lily) is a beautiful and said to be indestructible plant with deep green, strap-like leaves. It flowers in early spring, but flowering times do vary, depending on the species. The lily shaped blooms on strong stems and last for several weeks and flowers come in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange and are an ideal indoor plant. Clivia will thrive indoors and require very little care, growing larger and more impressive with age.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
After my search I am sure that the variety of these bromeliads is Aechmea going by the description of the leaves. "The stately plants generally have wide, strappy green leaves that sometimes appear to be lightly powdered."
After a close inspection of these plants I found some of the original Aechmea had thrown off several pups. Once again back to the net for a fact sheet to find the best way to separate the pups and re-pot them all.
The fact sheet stated mature bromeliads should not be re-potted, the pups can be removed and potted up individually into small containers/pots until they are established, or left to form a new clump of plants. So everything came out of the pot and all the old soil was discarded and new potting soil replaced it. Very carefully I separated the new pups and potted them up, some of the older bromeliads I cut off sunburn effected leaves and re-potted them too. Nothing to loose by trying to safe as many of the older plants as I could. Some went back into the original pot, some in other pots I had and some I put into the garden in the fernery. I am happy to say that I lost none of the Aechmea and they all all looking very happy and healthy today...
In the ground - In a pot
Monday, October 4, 2010
My Freecycle Bird Bath
With the hot summer two years ago we put a message on freecycle for an unwanted birdbath so that we could help our bird life make it through the very hot days. Within a day or so we picked up a very old unused bird bath in need of some TLC. Now it has taken me some time but at the weekend the restoration of the bird bath took place. The inside of the dish was well worn and very dirty so I decided to soak it first with hot water and bleach, which I did for several hours.
After the bleach treatment
Then with a scrubbing brush and a wire brush all old chipped and cracked paint was removed from both dish and pedestal, it was ready for it's makeover. Because the dish was in such poor condition I decided to re-seal it, which I hoped would make it look better and also make it easier to clean and keep clean. To seal the bowl I used Bondall- Pond Tite "Sandstone" as it is fish and bird friendly, for the pedestal I chose Wattyl Solargard Stone Finish "Organic Touch".