I feel like a Mum on graduation night. I am so proud of these trees. They are all native Queenslanders. Most are from this region. A couple are from tropical rainforests further North. They were so tiny when we planted them. Some we grew from seed. They needed regular water and mulch to ensure they would remain healthy. Now they are growing up. They look after themselves and I am merely a visitor who comes to enjoy their company. They provide their own mulch and are adapted to their environment.
I did quite a lot of research before choosing these trees to ensure they would be suited to our climate and conditions.
When you look up they have formed a wonderful canopy - not quite mature trees yet. They will keep growing for many years and some may even become giants. In their natural environment some grow to over 30m tall.
This may not be everyone, bit it's most of them.
• Silky Oak - Grevillea Robusta • Tuckeroo - Cupaniopsis anacardioides • Blue Quandong - Elaeocarpus grandis • Wheel of Fire - Stenocarpus sinuatus • Golden Penda - Xanthostemon chrysanthus • Illawarra Flame Tree - Brachychiton acerifolium • Pink Euodia - Melicope elleryana • Eumundi Quandong - Elaeocarpus Eumundi • Native frangipani - Hymenosporum Flavum • Crows Ash - Flindersia australis • Queensland Box - Lophostemon confertus • Ivory Curl - Buckinghamia celsissima and last but not least, the lilly pillies - Blue Lilly Pilly - Syzygium oleosum, Rose Apple Lilly Pilly – S. Moorei, Bush cherry - S. paniculatum, Powder puff lilly pilly - S. Wilsonii, Small leaf lilly pilly - S. luehmannii & S. australe.
As the trees grow taller I’ve started to mark out pathways and have started to think about under-planting. Until they were established I didn’t want other plants competing with them for nutrients but I think they are old enough to cope now.
Every class need a group photo.
Oh dear, now I know where John was moving the trailer to.
So now I've been right around the garden and have a record of each part as it is in 2011. In a couple of years, God willing, I will do this again and see how it has changed. That is one of the most interesting and exciting things about a garden - it is always changing.