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“And the lemon’s flower is sweet… But the Aussie Citrus Gall wasp Is impossible to beat…” I love to use lemons in my cooking, and I understand the Melbournian obsession with the tree. Unfortunately, our old enemy the Citrus Gall Wasp has shared the love. This native pest has had its way with many a fine[…]
Ah, winter in Melbourne. Sometimes, in summer and even mid-autumn, it’s hard to imagine how cold the southerly winds can get, and how bleak and grey the skies. This is where deciduous trees, which drop their leaves and become bare -branched, can be a garden’s saviour. Because what dim light there is on those grizzly[…]
Winter in Melbourne is not all bare branched exotics and swathes of damp green foliage. Wandering around Victoria’s streets and gardens, you may have noticed a native small to medium shrub covered in small star-shaped pink and white flowers. This is the Long Leaf Waxflower, Philotheca myoporoides (formerly known as Eriostemon myoporoides), a member[…]
One of the stars of Melbourne gardens in winter is Luculia gratissima, an evergreen shrub/small tree from the lower Himalayas and southern Asia. The perfumed clusters of pink-white flowers appear from autumn to mid-winter. On fine winter days, their vanilla-sweet scent is a particular joy. Take a stroll down Monash Rd at the University of Melbourne[…]