October 1, 2014

14 tonnes of tree

An amazingly generous householder in Middle Park donated 14 tonnes of palm and two possums to the  St Kilda Botanical Gardens today.  Apparently it took all day yesterday and two large cranes to remove the tree, and today it took a crane, half a dozen men, and four hours to get the tree into its new home.

How lucky are we? Now the centre bed has four palms again.

September 11, 2014

A little movie

Terrible "movie" made using hyperlapse - it's good fun to use but better on the very small screen!

All these plants are for sale - come and buy. All funds raised through plant sales go back into the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

September 9, 2014

Doryanthes excelsa

Sort of ordinary looking plants - but whoa - look at the flower stem! Up to 3m high.  Also known as Gymea Lily.

Doryanthes palmeri in flower can be found on the path near the glasshouses.

August 30, 2014

Under glass

The conservatory and the glasshouses are hosting the most gorgeous plants. Come sit quietly in the conservatory and discover the colours and shapes, and the new life waiting (pic immediately below).

 Succulents in the glasshouses are flowering.  They are also for sale!

July 19, 2014

Cold but not wet Saturday

It was interesting checking out the Asian bed today - the Japanese lantern is in good nick and the several of the surrounding camellias are flowering beautifully.

We are adding to our succulent collection - it will be some time before the plants are ready for sale though.

The bulbs in the Friends' bed seem not to have had the strength to power through 6" of wood mulch - or, at least, there's no sign of successful growth.  But this dichroa is starting to flower and will look gorgeous.

June 14, 2014


The jubaea chilensis and silver date palm have been netted to help prevent destruction by sulphur crested cockatoos. As the trees are fruiting at the moment, hopefully seeds can be collected if/when the netting comes off.

March 29, 2014

Planting bulbs

We spent a couple of hours this afternoon planting bulbs in the Friends' bed.

It was hard work - there are millions of tiny interlocking tree roots all through the bed.

At the south end of the bed there were some intriguing funghi.