Meadow flowers, cuttings, bonsai

In September last year I bought my first meadow flower seeds from – this company is based on the Gold Coast. I had visions of masses of wild meadow flowers cascading down the side of my home! Here are a couple of posts about that. Between then and now there was a long stretch of drought, with water restrictions. So I kissed that vision goodbye.

Recently, I turned over the soil, dug in the sugar cane mulch, and took a look. Some of the meadow flowers were popping up! We’re still in a Queensland winter, but really, it’s a bit like a Northern Europe Spring – cold nights but wonderfully cool and sunny days. I reckon these flowers have a better chance of surviving through the Queensland winter than if they emerged in Spring and the unrelenting dry days to follow. So I added some wood chip mulch on top, to protect the seedlings from frost. They’re coming on now.

I’ll keep thinning them out. I don’t know what they will look like, which is fun! Hopefully they’ll have a few more months of cool and rain to become strong. I plan to get a few mini water tanks from Bunnings, to start saving grey water this year. It’s too hard just using tap water when there’s not much rain. I’ve learnt that now.

Below are cuttings and seedlings taken from my cousin’s home. Nita keeps a massive garden, and we walked around, with her pulling new plants out of the ground or making cuttings for me. I had coffee with her and played their grand piano, and was sent home with loads of new plants! I hope most of them take. I used hormone powder on the cuttings. Fingers crossed. There’s also a seedling pot from my other cousin Louise, whom I visited when I made a trip to the city.

Finally, I met up with Akira Le last week. Here is a woman after my own heart, with her photography, painting, writing, and she wears Doc Martins on her gorgeous little feet.

We spent an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, she brought ban mi sandwiches and bubble tea. It was the most peaceful time, sharing thoughts and meandering through the fern and succulents. As dusk approached we sat quietly on a park bench, with massive bamboo canes arching over us, swaying and creaking in the gentle breeze.

I was amazed by the bonsai! Look at this tiny forest! Akira said the fiddly bit is dealing with the roots, because they lie in such a shallow dish. She said you have to wire them in and repot periodically. A new fascinating world I want to learn about! So Akira started a jade bonsai cutting for me, from her plant.

Growing and sharing plants is like cooking food for people. It’s a form of giving love. I am very lucky.

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