Snake Beans

One of my newer garden additions thanks to a kind online friend who shared many of her seeds with me,  is red snake beans. Snake beans (Vigna unguiculata ssp. sesquipedalis) are native to East and South-East Asia making them ideal tropical and subtropical plants.  Whilst they can grow year round in my subtropical garden, the…

Turtle Vine

Turtle Vine (Callisia repens) which is also known as creeping inchplant is a creeping succulent that originated in Central and South America. Turtle Vine is a low ground cover plant with deep green leaves on top and deep purple on the underside. Like most succulents it can change colour based on environmental stresses (water content,…

Hoverflies

Have you seen a little wasp like fly buzzing around your garden hovering in one spot? If so it’s likely you have encountered a hoverfly, also sometimes called a flower fly. Description There are many different species of hoverflies with some looking more bee like in appearance however all have the helicopter flying habit that…

8 Heatwave Gardening Tips

As I write this we have just barely entered summer and yet many places around Australia are already sweltering in >30°C heatwaves. Such extreme heat fluctuations can really cause havoc on a garden but there are a few ways to minimise the damage and help your garden thrive. 1. Mulch Mulch is undoubtedly the single…