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Quick pickup “take-away” plant orders – how it works

For your convenience, we offer pre-paid “take-away” orders. If your order is received by Monday and paid by Wednesday, we will usually have your plants ready for collection on the following Friday. Step 1: Choose your plants Please download our stocklist and plant guide to decide which plants you want. Our tubestock plants cost $2.50 […]

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Leucaena leucocephala: friend and foe

· Guest post by Dave Pratchett · Goondaloo Creek Landcare site became the focus of my Landcare volunteering in 2019, soon after we moved to Townsville. Assisting with weed control and watering in the newly planted section opposite Tech NQ, I could look upstream to an area rejuvenated through years of sustained effort. But downstream […]

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Birdwings and butterfly vines

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · Many of us know that we should grow a particular vine to attract Birdwing butterflies to our gardens but just what the vine is called, and which butterflies rely on it, are recurring questions. Very briefly, the caterpillars of one group of Swallowtail butterflies feed exclusively on one […]

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How the “coronavirus tree” got its name

· Guest post by Adam Goulding · Before COVID-19 caused temporary closure of CDTLI’s Bush Garden Nursery, our Saturday sessions were often busy and tended to attract passing walkers, cyclists and runners. We even had a couple come in half way through our volunteers’ smoko, only to be rather disappointed that we were not a […]

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Native plant identification resources

· Guest post by Tim Doolan · Tipping my hat to the present COVID-19 restrictions (not that my hat gets much wear now) I hope everyone is enjoying their meditation on solitude. What better time to discover some new resources for native plant identification! Apart from asking someone who knows better, or going straight to […]

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Bottlebrush or paperbark? Callistemon or Melaleuca?

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · This all began with a somewhat puzzling comment in the gardening column of our local newspaper, “The Tinaroo Bottlebrush (Melaleuca recurva but still sold as Callistemon recurvis) is…” “Isn’t a Melaleuca a paperbark?” I wondered. A bit of digging (no, not in the garden) showed me that what […]

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Lorikeet with Black Beans

· Guest post by Malcolm Tattersall · No, this isn’t a recipe. The Black Bean in my title is a local tree, Castanospermum australe, and you wouldn’t want to cook with its seeds because they are too too big and too toxic. Two of our neighbours in Mundingburra have well-grown specimens and I am simply […]

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The importance of local provenance native plants

· Guest post by Christine Dalliston· Local Provenance is the term used to describe native plant populations that naturally occur in a given area. Many native plant species can be found to occur naturally across a broad geographic area or range. For example, Hairpin banksia (Banksia spinulosa) naturally occurs across 3 states, from coastal Victoria […]

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Aquatic weeds in the Ross River

Sagittaria/Delta Arrowhead (Sagittaria platyphylla) is a recent arrival to the Ross River, first found here in 2012. It is currently under a containment program in attempt to eradicate it from the river before it spreads throughout the region. Sagittaria is a highly invasive aquatic weed that can choke shallow waterways, including irrigation channels, blocking the […]

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Water chestnuts at Wongaloo

 • Guest post by Carolyn Osterhaus • I had heard about the Wongaloo wetlands from the Birdlife Townsville people. I also found out, to my chagrin, you can only go there on a tour. How serendipitous that the celebration of National Landcare Week in September included a bus tour to just this spot. The Wongaloo […]