New Farm Park, Brisbane

Friday, January 28, 2011

COMMUNITY SPIRIT RIGHT NEXT DOOR

At the moment Brisbane and other flooded areas are still cleaning up after the floods. It will take a long time. However the victims have been overwhelmed by the enormous numbers of friends, relatives and complete strangers who have volunteered to help them clean up and repair homes and businesses.
We were lucky not to have suffered flood damage but my garden has suffered a little from all the rain. The plants and weeds have run rampant and the pathways were full of leaves and they were covered in black mould and slime.
Well I had my very own neighbourhood helper to clean my paths.

He is Alex, my eleven year old neighbour, who spent a few hours over a few days sweeping up leaves and removing the mould with his pressure hose. What an angel! Today I took him and his friend to the movies to thank him for a job well done.

Rampant Pentia.


Kangaroo Paw, taller than I've ever seen it.

Can you see why it is called Kangaroo Paw?

A yellow Kangaroo Paw in the back garden (we have a road at the back and one at the front). The grass has been hard to keep under control, it can creep into the garden within a week.


Some of the plants in the front garden have rotted and others are  taking over. Nothing like tropical rain followed by very hot, humid days to make your garden grow, Mary Contrary.

27 comments:

  1. How wonderful to see such community spirit. Your plants are so colorful and lovely.
    ☼ Sunny

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  2. Yoo hoo Blogger has fixed the header problem. We can once again upload header pictures behind the text and they are the right size and correct pixels.

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  3. Diane!
    Don't get too excited - two more cyclones are building up off the coastline. Just lets hope that they "peter" out or your plants will dwarf your house!
    What have we done to deserve all this????
    Back to web feet.
    Colin (HB)

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  4. What a sweet little garden gnome you had doing all the hard work for you! What a little angel...hope he remains like this when he grows up, too :)

    I bought a kangaroo-paw plant for my daughter's little townhouse garden. She has it growing in a pot. It flowered well last summer, but died back over winter. I'll check up on it when I next visit, but I can't see it ever competing with your giants! WOW!

    Your garden is looking lovely in spite of any die-back and sogginess you'd experienced. Nature really is amazing with the way things bounce back!

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  5. What a sweetie your little gardening angel is! It's so good to see!

    I'm absolutely jealous of your fabulous Kangaroo Paws ... I've had no luck growing them up here! Yours are just beautiful and I can't believe the height!

    Looks like Queensland has a few more significant weather events on the horizon ... fingers crossed for us all!

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  6. Thanks, Diane, for the info on growing kangaroo-paw :) I'd never seen it before I bought my daughter's plant, so it's probably a relatively new import to SA. I also have pentas in my garden, one little pink bush with the same flower as yours, but it doesn't grow much higher than chest height when at it's best and I find it requires annual pruning, too. Clearly your tropical climate is ideal for these two plants.

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  7. That's so nice to have such a little helper ! Your flowers are beautiful !

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  8. Diane...Your garden is beautiful and I do enjuoy reading your description of how we spend Australia Day here

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  9. What a smashing little helper. You do look in danger of being over run by colour! xxx

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  10. Community spirit is always good to hear about in times of trouble.

    Your garden is beautiful Diane, the Kangaroo Paw is so pretty and I do see how it got its name.

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  11. More of your wonderful photography for me to enjoy Diane. Your little helper is a real gem - a true blue Aussie. So glad to be an Australian.
    I am very proud of the height to which my kangaroo paws grow however, they are nowhere near the height of yours.

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  12. That is a lovely story with a sweet ending, and your garden still looks great. Love the kangaroo paw.
    They have been magnificient in our main street downtown.
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  13. Diane, I love your new header, looks like a beautiful place. Your garden is doing very good, I like the Kangaroo Paws. I wish I was seeing colors in my garden. Your young helper did great. Have a great weekend.

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  14. The pathways in your beautiful garden call to me. I love being surrounded by plants on both sides of a pathway. The flowers are gorgeous and that little helper is on the path to a life of kindness.

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  15. It's fun to see your exotic (to me) garden -- and lovely to learn about the kindness and sharing that is happening in Brisbane. How great is it to have such a fine young neighbor! (Taking him and his friend to a movie sounds like a great afternoon as well!)

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  16. Wow Diane, Your flowers are gorgeous.. Bet they loved some of that RAIN you all had... I love the different colors of Kangaroo Paw... Beautiful!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Kangaroo paw is used here in many gardens too. I love the fuzzy little blooms! My favorite are the red ones.

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  18. luckily my garden is all in pots and small, so very controllable. I used to have one this size, but would not be able to cope any more.

    I love the walk through the pathways lined with all sorts of wonders.

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  19. Those are a lovely series of pretty pictures Diane. I like the name of that one flower Kangaroo Paw. Hope those cyclones that Colin mentioned will veer off and miss land.

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  20. Love your garden Diane and I've never seen kangaroo paw like that either ... wow. My paths are a slippery mess too. Trouble is it either rains or beams down with such fierce sunlight I hardly feel like going outside. Maybe this weekend.

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  21. Hello Diane, thanks for stopping by our blog (frog and penguinn) for a visit and commenting too. I enjoyed seeing these lovely plants as we are now in winter season on the VA eastern shore, but not snow as in other parts of the east coast. Please do come back anytime and I'll do the same. Loved your teddy bear birthday blog too.

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  22. I see you finaly made it with the header and the title! The photo's looks also brighter. Very nice pictures of the plants, they look realy good. Good to have such a nice neighbour boy to help you.

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  23. Despite all the rain you have a very lovely garden!
    The spirit of community lifts my own spirits knowing it really exists in most places.

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  24. So many beautiful flowers in the garden.

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  25. Your neighbor is very sweet and considerate to help you with the cleanup of your walkway. You have a very beautiful garden.

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  26. Denise

    You and all Australia, especially Qld, are hoping that they just "peter" out and disappear.
    Thankfully cyclones don't follow aircraft flight plans from "A" to "B". However, "Mother Nature" does have a mind of her own and we, dear mortals, can't do anything.
    I am sure that Diane will keep all of her blog lookers up to date, she's quite a girl.
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)
    ps: Hey what's this "quite a girl", well the girl part was many years ago. Apologies, Diane.
    Looks like I might have to pay for a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape for penance?

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  27. Every time you post photos of your gorgeous garden I am consumed with envy! Living in a tropical (subtropical??)climate gives you such lush and fantastic plants to grow. Dead of winter here, cold rain all day, but the daffodils and other bulbs are beginning to show their heads above groung. Frankly, spring can't get here soon enough for me!

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