I am a Frangiholic.!!!!!!

August 9, 2014 by Star   Comments (0)

Yes, shock , horror.

I am a Frangiholic and it has been 24 hours since I last touched a Frangipani!!!!

How does one become a Frangiholic you may ask. Well take a seat and I will explain.

It was about 7 years ago, when I was given my first Frangipani cuttings from a neighbour. I think half the addiction is the ease in which they take root….you just let the cut stem dry out and then stick in the ground or pot.


These were the first ones I got, this is how they look now in winter, funny how some lose their leaves before others.

I think when you first see the clean crisp perfectly formed flowers you become hooked.DSCF1302


Then you learn about all the other colours there are, each one as beautiful as the other.

I daren’t count up how many I have.

Each frangipnani I own

These are the ones I have that have flowered, add to these 26 seedlings I have been given, that have yet to flower so have no idea what colour they might be. They could take 2 years to flower.


I was given some very special cuttings from a friend who was moving to Queensland, he gave me 7 rare ones and one unknown. If I had had to buy them they would have cost me $464


I potted them up yesterday, now just have to wait and hope they flower this year, as they are cuttings they should.

Sometimes you get a flower with 6 petals instead of the usual 5, some people say this is lucky.

Now some of my favourite ones.


Raspberry Royale.


W.A Sunset.


I think this one might be Bowen Yellow.


To be a Frangiholic you must also be on a page on Facebook for lovers of Frangipanis in Perth. Also when you post a  photo and a friend says” that would look lovely as a canvas” you think to yourself “of course it would” and fate being fate the next day you get some junk mail for canvas prints at an unbelievable price you jump at it.


The said photo.


Said canvas above my bed.

Perhaps you can see why I am a Frangiholic.

Summer is coming and I am waiting with bated breath to see my new babies flower.

I have some more pinks and some reds, I think I will have to dig up some of the front garden to accommodate them.

So yes, I proudly admit to being a Frangiholic……lol


Are you sure it is WINTER

June 7, 2013 by Star   Comments (3)


Are you sure it is WINTER??? from Star's blog

Someone forget to tell the weather Gods it was winter today!!!!!!!!!!!

It was beautiful sunshine and a temperature of 21ºC. I spent most of the day out side pottering, a little bit of weeding, a little bit of cutting off dead leaves, a little bit of sweeping up and a lot of sitting in the warm sun and admiring the garden




I could hear the garden calling to me.




It was like a Spring day. As I walked around there was so much colour still in the garden...all the Hibiscus.




Orange ones.





Pink ones.




Cerise Pink ones.

Then there was a Canna Tropicana




My Iceberg roses are still giving me some buds.




Then there is the red carpet rose too.




Though we have had some nights down to 3ºC they still carry on.

There is the colour of the red Cordyline in the fern garden too.




I nearly forgot the Navel oranges, I only had 5 this year. The leaves always look ill but the fruit is OK




Then as you look across the patio towards the house there are the Impatiens




The Frangipanis are losing there leaves, some are still damaged from the hail storm a few weeks ago........but one bud is still trying to open in the warm sun.




I have my tomatoes and Frangipani seedlings in the sun to warm them up a bit.




I even have flowers on the tomatoes,hope they don't mind the cold nights....still they were self seeded so cost me nothing.




I then I tidied up a bit by the Budha water feature. Moved a few pot and swept up.




The sun was sinking in the west and coming in under the patio........time to go indoors before it starts to get cold.




With a bit of luck I will be able to do it all again tomorrow, the forcast is for an occasional shower and a top of 21ºC....................it's a hard life but someone has to do it.




Growing Frangipani from seed

May 12, 2013 by Star   Comments (7)


  Growing my Frangipani seeds. Well after two failed attempts I have succeeded.


I had sent for 50 x Big Paddock Mix from a Frangipani grower up north, no idea what type or colour they are. After going to the South Perth Plant Show in February where I asked a nice man the best way to start them off I came home full of enthusiasm to give it a go.


His advise to me was to sow them in a pot in damped potting mix then cover them with cling film and then forget about them for 2 weeks. The seeds are like Sycamore seeds, a bulbous end with a paper like wing. You have to bury the seed and leave the wing above the soil.


I sowed about half of them in a variety of pots and covered in different ways.image

image A long trough type container that I covered with Perspex, separate flower pots which I put in a propagator and one in a pot covered with cling film.


Of course I couldn't forget about them for 2 weeks.........kept having a peek and if the mix looked a bit dry I would give a light spray with rain water. being careful not to make it too wet.

After about 2 weeks some started to emerge I had succuss with all of the methods.image



When they got their 2nd set of leaves I transplanted them into individual pots and kept them under coverimage at night.


They are now growing very well I put them in the sunshine during the day and under the patio at night. I had 15/16 seeds out of about 25 I planted so was pleased.....I stuck the long planter on the garden when it had finished and we had some rain...guess what another dormant seed came to life, so that is 16/17 new plants. I say 16/17 as one looks like it has been got at by something and I don't know if it will make it.

imageThis is the last one to emerge, still has the paper wing on it.

It should be about 2 years before they flower and I find out what colours and types they will be.................as of course seed from any plant can turn out different from the mother plant..............how exciting.


I have some a nice man gave me last year when they were only about 3 inches high, they are doing well despite being covered in hail just after he gave them to meimage again I don't know what these ones are he does a lot of importing and breeding his own.....fingers crossed these will flower next summer.


Like most things in gardening it is a waiting game.........next project.....I have an Oriental Lily that I dried a seed pod of, hung it in a paper bag and now I have seeds of that to start off. I have read you start them, then put them in the fridge for 3 month and little bulbs should form............but they take up to 5 years to flower..............hmmmmmmmmmmm will I still be here then.


Will keep you updated on the Frangipanis.


Waldeck Nursery

May 12, 2013 by Star   Comments (2)


My friend called on Thursday and asked if I want to go out on Saturday as an early Mother's Day treat for ourselves. I of course said "yes"....anything to get out of the asylum...lol.


She picked me up at 2pm and said would you like to go to Hillarys Boat Harbour or Waldeck Nursery, I plumbed for the nursery.


First stop the café for a nice piece of cake. ....Bailey's Cheesecake, that went down well with a chat.


We decided we both had enough plants for now so we just went to the shop for a look around, there we spied these lovely butterflies and dragonflies.


I must say I was tempted, but then I saw the  lovely fibreglass pots in their bright colours.

image The Fuschia Pinks

imageThe bright bold Reds.

imageThe vibrant Turquoise, I was sorely tempted there but I resisted........mind you, now I can imaging it in the middle of my glass outdoor table with the same plants in.

Oh well I can always go back another day.... he he he.

That brings me to  today, Mother's Day.....eldest son woke me with a cuppa and suggested I stayed in bed as it was only 7º-8ºC outside, he also said he would be buying Chinese for dinner tonight......other son still asleep....will update if he remembers.



Perth Garden Week.

April 19, 2013 by Star   Comments (3)

It was a misty morning on the first day of Perth Garden Week, could hardly see the end of the road at 8am but that was the day we had decided to go and by 10am the mist had all lifted.

I set off at 10am to fill the tank and then pick up my friend. The forcast was for showers, so we both took our brollies.

It took about half an hour to get to Floreat ( the suburb it was held in), parking was easy and through the gates in a matter of moments. Right where to start..........well me being me I headed for a stall with Bali style things on it.


Then we spotted this nice garden feature on a stand by some landscapers, called "The Birdcage".......I could just image it as a lovely setting for a garden wedding.


Opposite this was a wholesale nursery display that we walked around, they had some lovely plants......


I forget what these are called but I am sure some of you will know.

There was also Clematis for Malcolm.imageimageimageimageimage

Sorry I dont know the names of any of them.

This is where I bought a Vigna Caracalla or Snail Vine.....reads like I will have to keep it well trimmed.


Being called the snail vine because the buds look similar to a snail.

Then a rest and lunch, Hamburger with plenty of salads.



We next went in the Bulbs tent where I bought a tiny Nerine, colour bright pink.


There were alot of stalls/tents to visit with a variety of plants and goodies, below are some photos of them.imageimageimageSome lovely Water Lillies.

One of our last stops was a stand of outdoor furniture.....here we entered in a competition to win one item on display. One guess what I would choose.

imageimageimage Yes you are right, this one.


I also bought these items.image


We then sat and had a soft serve ice-cream before heading home.

We had not one drop of rain, in fact it got quite hot 26ºC........but the minute I was home it started. The sun must shine  on the righteous.......lol



The building of my new Bali Hut.

April 13, 2013 by Star   Comments (4)

We had to take down the old pergola as the timber had rotted and this is what we decided to have in it place.

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A knock on my bedroom door. "Mum it is 6.30am".............."Thanks Rich" says I.


It's Friday morning, I had asked Richard to wake me before he left for work as the men were coming to build my Bali Hut at 7am.


I woke to grey skies with a forcast of rain...........not a good start.

The men arrived at about 7.15 and got straight to work.....first the pine polesimage

Within an hour and a half the frame was up and they had started on the pitch.


It seemed every time I looked out the window in had grown alot.


The thatch came in long strips.


The thatch going on.



First side finished.


Working on second side in the rain


Finishing off, adding thatch to hips and raking it.image

The poor guys were soaked


They finish off by covering it with netting and trimming the edge.


I have yet to trim back the hibiscus and do some new planting under it. Then I have to add some of my statues and my chairs and table.


This is inside the roof...........doesn't it look nice and tidy.



I am sure I will spend many a hot sunny day under it, they do say the temperature under the roof is 10ºcooler than outside.


South Perth Flower Show 23/02/2013

February 23, 2013 by Star   Comments (4)

South Perth Flower Show.

Set off about 10.15am to go to the garden show..had a good run, not much traffic about. My friend was the driver as I am always the driver on our movie day. Found our way there OK thanks to the SatNav.


It was held at the South Perth Community Centre, as we parked the car we looked across the park to some of Perth City skyline.

imageBetween the park and the city is the Swan River.


There were many stalls there, each for a different group of plants. My favourites were the Frangipanis and the ferns

imageBut there were stalls for Roses, Orchids, Irises, African Violet, Gerberas, Palms and Cyclads, Succulants, Hibiscus etc, etc, etc. I took some photo's of the Succulants for my friend.





imageThis last one reminds me off Jubba the Hut from Star Wars.


I bought 4 new ferns, I also had a chat with someone on the Frangipani stall and hopefully found out where I am going wrong with the seeds I have tried to grow.


On the way out there was a stall selling Lavender products, I bought a Body Butter as I usually use the Body Shop one and I would rather support a local product, besides that it was cheaper....lol.


We called in at a cafe on the way home and had some lunch.


While I was away OH had cracked on and had nearly finished my new potting bench he is making for me out of the decent wood off of the pergola we had to take down.......


imageI have to do a paint job on it when he has finished. I have already cleared the space for it.



So tomorrow morning I will have to get out there early to clear some spaces in the fern garden for my new plants.


I enjoyed today.

Good News.

January 23, 2013 by Star   Comments (4)

It was a busy day today.......had to take son to his specialist appointment..( he had an episode before Christmas that ended up with me taking him to A&E, they like me thought it was his gallbladder)  so after an ultrasound and a cat scan it was confirmed and he is booked in for an   op on the 12th March. Keyhole surgery.

This afternoon we took hubby to his cancer  specialist.....and he is now offically cancer free.........after being in remission for 5 years, so no more doctors visits. YIPPEE.



Conversation between God and St. Francis. Garden related

November 26, 2012 by Star   Comments (1)

Conversation between God and St. Francis.

It is hilarious because it is so true.




Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.


Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning anyother plant that crops up in the lawn.

The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.

They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow.

And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

Yes, Sir.

These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter? to keep the soil moist and loose?

After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

And where do they get this mulch?

They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

'Dumb and Dumber', Lord. It's a story about....

Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

"Best friend"

October 26, 2012 by Star   Comments (5)

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, a friend of mine gave me a weeping rose.......she was moving and had no room for it where she was going. It was a beautiful rose, just my colour fuschia pink unfortunately it was not perfumed.image

In time it outgrew where I had it, so I passed it on to my best friend who had just the spot for it in her front garden.


I was sad to lose such a beautiful coloured rose, so when I saw an ordinary bush rose in a similar pink I bought it. Well that was 2 years ago....last year it had one bud on it, but somewhat ironically( when you here about the name) my dog knocked the bud off before it could develope.


So when I saw a bud on it this year I eagerly awaited it's opening.image

Every day I would check on it to see if it had opened a bit more.image

I wasn't disappointed.


It was getting more beautiful every day.


It had such a long straight stem, if only there were more flowers I could pick this beauty to take inside.


Today I discovered it has a lovely perfume too.....bonus.




I am looking forward to many years of enjoying this beautiful rose called "Best Friend". A good name when you think of how it's predecessor was passed from friend to friend.

But this rose was named by the RSPCA "to honour the unconditional special friendship that comes from having loving pet". That is why I said it was ironic that my dog knocked off the first bud it ever had. But the 2 year wait was worth it.


As much as I love my "Icebergs" and my "Just Joey"..........this one will always be my favourite.




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