Archive : tree

Oct 22 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 4 comments

Tea Tree Wonder

I have been surprised this week with a flushing Tea Tree – in full bloom!! This is the first time !! I have had a few bottle brush flowers but this is spectacular!! I think this tree is about 4-5 years old! This year it has grown to quite a size, and we hold the secret to great growth with all our trees (mostly fruit trees) in our back garden!! The flowers […]

May 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees, | 6 comments

Leopard Tree in May

I have to highlight this special tree – my Leopard Tree (caesalpinnea ferrea). I have to stand in awe sometimes when I walk out on my front deck and see the Leopard Tree going through it’s next seasonal change. (previous post on the leaves here) It literally changes from week to week. The bark is now maturing and the beautiful colours are coming through. This is the reason it is called a […]

Mar 25 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 13 comments

I hugged a tree and I liked it

I hugged a tree

Some tree hugger in Austin, Texas told me to do it! But unlike Cat who has photographic evidence, there was nobody around to catch me in the act so I can’t prove it. But I hugged my tree today. And it didn’t feel weird. Really it didn’t. Try it! And I found a really welcome little surprise. The Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which I have growing at the base of the huge […]

Feb 20 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Perenniels, Trees, | 7 comments

The Second of my Twelve

My forest

Diana asks this month to choose a tree with your heart. That one tree you will always plant, always want to have in your garden. If you have a new garden you will look for a place to plant it. That’s how much you love that tree! Well here’s my problem. In my “Garden of Twelve”, I already have a tree – an existing Betula pendula, Silver Birch. And it is a […]

Aug 21 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Trees, | 8 comments

The Mighty Mugwood Tree

Well, the tree finally found itself into our front garden – the Mighty Mugwood tree. This work of art was the idea of my husband when he brought home two crates of metal mugs. He came up with the idea of a big tree. I was so enthusiastic with my hubby’s interest in the garden that I was immediately supportive and said the big old lavender can now move. Well, the rest […]

Jul 08 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 19 comments

Tree ID help

What tree is this?

I was lured out back today by endless chirping of birds and found, to my delight, that there is a new type of bird visiting my garden. Tiny little birds, hanging out and darting around on the huge Hibiscus. I tried to photograph them but they were too quick for me and once Dexter started running around and bringing me his ball to throw, they took off. The Dove however, not intimidated […]

Apr 21 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 8 comments

The big Leopard Tree planting!

Bringing in the trees

Hi Chris, I know you are dying to see the beautiful trees I bought and that arrived this week! They are Leopard Trees or another name is Brazilian Ironwood (Caesalpinia Ferrea). They prefer full sun and are tender to frost. It is deciduous and waterwise (yeay!). One of the most attractive trees, its grey bark peels off to reveal dark brown underneath. Red foliage emerges in Spring which matures to fine, attractive, […]

Apr 12 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 11 comments

Good, bad or just ugly?

I got a bit of a fright today when I was weeding in my back garden. In the very shaded area which I would classify as “deep shade” there stand a few trees. I’d recently had some branches pruned off them as well as had foliage cut back from trees that were threatening to break through our bedroom windows and had never examined the trees in any real detail before. They were […]

Feb 21 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 4 comments

New Fruit in my Garden

Guava Tree

I am so excited to see my guava tree (it looks like a bush at the moment!) is growing nicely. It was so badly diseased that I chopped it completely back. Now, it has broad, healthy leaves and a few new guavas!!! Hopefully I can boast a crop this year! Guavas is among the most popular of all fruits – they are full of vitamin C! It can be eaten raw or […]

Feb 16 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, Trees, | 2 comments

Angel’s Trumpet

Angel's Trumpet

I have this very large evergreen shrub in the back garden (I actually refer to as a tree because it is as tall as my Pepper tree). During my “Tree Identification Mission” I have now learnt that it’s botanical name is Brugmansia x Candida and its common name is Angel’s trumpet. It’s flower does indeed look trumpet-like, they are large (about a foot long) and obvious in the garden especially once they […]

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