Posts Tagged ‘Banksia’

Banksias you can bank on…

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If you were asked to name the top three quintessential Australian plants that define the Australian flora, what would you say? It’s a safe bet that eucalypts, acacias and banksias would top everyone’s list, for sure. They are just so… Australian.

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It’s Banksia Time

Monday, June 1st, 2009

MarcusIf you’ve ever contemplated planting banksias in your garden, then I would suggest doing it now, because this is the best time of the year to plant them. The hot sticky weather of the wet-season has come to an end, and the rains are more of a welcome re-hydration for the garden than a flooding nuisance that washes away your mulch. Tropical banksias like a bit of rain, but what they don’t like is having wet feet for weeks on end.

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Getting Touchy-Feely In The Garden

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

MarcusA couple of years ago while working as a rainforest guide, I was asked to undertake a private rainforest walk with a difference. You see, the young Italian honeymooners who had hired me were blind. Obviously this meant expressions such as “look at this,” and “can you see the”, had to be abandoned and emphasis shifted to other senses. We walked very slowly, listening, smelling and touching. I have to say, it was one of my most rewarding and memorable experiences.

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Diamonds In The Rough

Friday, February 1st, 2008

MarcusThere’s a rugged natural beauty associated with plants in the Australian dry country. They’re gnarly, weathered, fire scarred, insect damaged and often hold their dead limbs. Essentially they are full of character but not exactly the look most people are going for when creating a garden to frame their beautiful new home. However, these bush plants are really just diamonds in the rough.

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The Brown-Thumbed Garden

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

MarcusNot all of us are green thumbed, but without green thumbs you’re left with few options as to how you make use of the area around your home. You can pay someone to come in and take care of your landscaping and garden maintenance, or you can have a fairway garden that is 100 per cent treeless lawn. Actually the latter isn’t a bad idea if you’re renting your investment property to a group of JCU students, as it leaves more room for backyard parties and provides space for additional parking on the lawn.

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Exploring the flora of Cape York

Monday, January 1st, 2007

This article is extracted from Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 15 No 1 (January 2007)

Here at Yuruga Nursery, we’ve been roaming Cape York Peninsula for over 25 years, collecting and recording the flora of this fantastic wilderness situated right on our doorstep.

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Growing Banksias in tropical North Queensland

Friday, August 1st, 2003

This article is extracted from Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 11 No 3 (August 2003)

The focus of this article is for gardeners in tropical Australia.
However, the basic principles apply for throughout Australia
with minor modifications for local conditions.

Banksias, named after Joseph Banks who collected the first specimens in 1770, are amongst the best known Australian wild-flowers.

With their absolutely magnificent flowers and characteristically Australian appearance, everyone wants to plant these wonderful plants in their gardens, and books and magazines are full of enticing photos of amazing banksias to grow.

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