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This gardening blog is written in Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Love Me Tender

The group of potted plants on my front porch has been looking a bit tired (not to say boring) for a few years now and I've decided to do something about it. 

Something tropical. 

Yes, despite our cool winter climate, I'm reveling in a bit of climate denial and planning a tropical jungle on my porch.  

Next summer, you will find me relaxing in the midst of a shady paradise. 


There may also be tall, cold drinks involved. 



Okay, it won’t really be a tropical jungle; in fact I intend to cheat outrageously by using frost-tolerant plants that only look tropical, along with some tender ones that I can bring inside over the cooler months.
Foliage will be the star, with lots of big, lush leaves, but there will be a supporting cast of a few flowers, too.

Here’s a list of some plants I'm considering:


I  already grow some of these, so I can move pieces of them to the pots. Others are grown as indoor plants, so my local nurseries may have them. I'll have to try to source the others, probably by mail order.

Here are a few links to great gardens and gardeners who inspired me to try this (although they are doing it large-scale!).  Once you see what they've achieved, I guarantee you'll be inspired to try it too.




So, are you with me? Let's get tropical!

If you already have a "tropical" jungle at your place, in a few pots or over a few acres, or anything in between, I'd love to see and read about your experience! If you post a link in the comments section, I'll pay you a visit and say hi.

Who knows if  I’ll succeed with my tropical jungle, but one thing I’m sure of - it’s going to be a great fun trying.  

I will post an update in Summer to show how my jungle is progressing (or not).

Here’s to the tropics!






Friday, May 23, 2014

Putting the blog to bed

Keen-eyed followers of this blog will have noticed that I haven't put up any posts this year, contrary to my promise to be back at the end of January (sorry). I've been busy with other projects and haven't had much motivation to make the time for blogging. 

I don't see this changing anytime soon, so I'm officially putting The Amateur Weeder to bed for the foreseeable future. Who knows, I may wake it up again sometime, and I plan to keep visiting other gardening blogs when I have the time. I'll leave all the previous posts, but disable comments about a week from now. 

So I won't see you here, but I may pop up on your blog with a comment now and again. Thanks for reading and encouraging me over the past three years.

Lyn xxx