Posts Tagged ‘water’

When Plants Drown

Friday, February 25th, 2011

About two months ago I planted a Daintree Penda close to my driveway as a feature tree. You see, this hard-to-get plant produces an artificial-looking flush of almost blue leaves every time it grows, and for that reason alone deserves to be seen. Unfortunately it’s dead now, and instead of being blue, its foliage is yellow and limp.

However I’m not blaming the tree because I know what I did wrong and I’m 100% at fault. My mistake was that I planted this poor little tree in an area that I knew would get waterlogged for much of the wet season. So basically I drowned it.
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This month in the (waterlogged) native garden…

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Having spent the last several years advising gardeners on selecting drought-proof plants for the garden, suddenly there’s water, water everywhere and the question of the month is now “What can I grow in that low-lying waterlogged spot that I never knew I had??” Sure puts a whole new perspective on “water-wise gardening”!

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So much for a dry season

Monday, October 4th, 2010

With all this unseasonal rain we’ve been having this year things are much greener than usual and the usual lull in gardening activity hasn’t happened. In fact I can’t remember another year when so much planting was occurring during the dry. It’s great!
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Watering Without All The Fuss

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

MarcusIf it’s not flooded, it’s drying out. That’s the challenge for gardeners in the tropics, but now the rains have come to an end we have to get our dry season watering regime back on track. Watering methods can provoke debate – allow me to share with you my experience after seven years of trial and error.

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Gardening in the Dry Tropics with Australian Tropical Plants

Saturday, May 1st, 2004

This article is extracted form the Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 12 No 2
(May 2004).

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.

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Creating a Rainforest Garden with Australian Tropical Plants

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

This article is extracted form the Yuruga Newsletter
Vol 12 No 1
(January 2004).

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.

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