September 24, 2010


Rainman will be moved in about a month when the new pond lining is installed.  In the meantime, he's going nowhere - he's become a landlord.  An outstretched arm is a perfect nesting place - with umbrella to shelter the newborns when they arrive.

September 23, 2010

The new gates are going in!

Yesterday we heard that the gates were just about ready to be installed.  Here are a couple of pics taken at the foundry.

This morning at 8am we saw the first gates going in on the corner of Dickens and Tennyson Streets.  Can't wait to see the end result.

September 18, 2010

Color and form in the gardens

Punica granatum - new spring leaves

Melianthus major
Melianthus major - new and spent
Aloe plicatilis (fan aloe)

September 11, 2010


The Friends' glasshouses now have two lovely signs on them.  This end and that end -

September 10, 2010

Doryanthes palmeri

Doryanthes palmeri: is a member of the Doryanthaceae family and is known as the Spear Lily. It is native to Australia.
Doryanthes palmeri is a tall perennial herb (with no woody stems) with long, lanceolate, bright green leaves that form a giant rosette. The leaves may reach a length of three metres. The scape (or flower stalk) is from two to five metres in length. The scape is crowned by a flower spike up to one metre long. The flower spike is made up of large reddish-brown flowers that appear in spring.
The Spear Lily is a spectacular plant. Both foliage and flowers are eye-catching features.

It flowers very rarely - a specimen in Kew Gardens (UK) has bloomed only four times since 1948.  Maybe we have better luck when it grows in its native soil!

And there's one in bloom in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.