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Image An Early Wet Season stroll in the Garden 2010/2011, Session 2
By Tropicbreeze on January 29, 2011

Now that everyone has had their break after the first part of our walk in the garden we should now be all re-invigorated and ready for the next part of the stroll. So, follow on.

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ImageSharon
Jan 28, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I could almost feel the air and smell the scent as you described it.

I love the aerial roots of the ficus, next to last photo. It creates its own jungle, the ficus does.

Thanks for the walk again, Zig. It sure is an enjoyable trip.
I need to see your sun and moonrises, too.

What a beautiful place you have.
AlohaHoya
Jan 28, 2011 11:31 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Wonderful tour, Zig...I feel quite at home there!!!! Thanks...will be going back again quite often..... Like now... Big Grin
Leap. The net will appear.
tropicbreeze
Jan 29, 2011 5:39 AM CST
Sharon, thanks. And yes, the Ficus is creating its own jungle. That's one of the things I like about them. And you've just given me another idea for an article.

Carol, I thought you might have felt at home. The real difference being that mine takes more artificial watering to maintain than yours.
ImageMaridell
Jan 29, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Ahhhh, your garden is such a peaceful place...
ImageSharon
Jan 29, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A miniature jungle, Zig, with an understory of micro organisms and teeny tiny plant life.
Sounds like an article to me!
AlohaHoya
Jan 29, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
....and the happiest camper are the epiphytes!!! DH LOVES his Ficus trees...won't let me get rid of them!!! Yes, they are gorgeous, but nothing will grow under them...around them except for epiphytes!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Jan 29, 2011 12:15 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I had visions of little gnomes and tiny unknown things cavorting beneath and around.....
Oh well....
tropicbreeze
Feb 2, 2011 5:15 AM CST
Maridell, it's a great place for contemplation and meditation, when I'm not too busy working in it.

Carol, I don't have many plants under them either, but also not many epiphytes on them either.

That could be it Sharon, all those cavorting little gnomes and tiny unknown things might be trampling the plants underneath and keeping it clear. Hilarious!
ImageRachelLF
Feb 2, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Name: Rachel
Rural Retreat, Va
Another stroll that I very much enjoyed Tropic. I could spend alot of time in your garden and never ever get tired of viewing it.

Thanks again for another tour and brightening my week. Smiling
tropicbreeze
Feb 2, 2011 7:57 PM CST
Thanks Rachel. Although I like the idea that it's a great spot for relaxing and/or meditating, I keep seeing things that need doing, or improving, or adding, or ....... And I can't really relax. I think there's something intrinsically wrong with me! Crying
ImageMaridell
Feb 2, 2011 8:21 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
Your dedication is inspiring Thumbs up
tropicbreeze
Feb 2, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Thanks Maridell. I suppose it would be worse being a chef, they put their heart and soul in making the perfect meal with the perfect presentation and someone chops it all up and then chews it all out of recognition. Hilarious!
AlohaHoya
Feb 2, 2011 10:47 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Rolling on the floor laughing Zig...you are too funny. I am just the same way. Bob hates walking around with me because I want to talk about pruning and chopping back and OH $$IT those weeds are just too out of control and, maybe I'll clear this out and plant..... and he disappears. I am trying to learn how to ....'stroll'....leisurely and not become overwhelmed by the running TO DO list in my head.....

ACK!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageRachelLF
Feb 2, 2011 11:32 PM CST
Name: Rachel
Rural Retreat, Va
No worries Tropic. You know what you are doing. How do I know this.....? Because I just do.;-)

Wishing the best for some folks over there in Australia, again. I am glad to view that your area was not stricken by Mother Nature's wrath!
AlohaHoya
Feb 3, 2011 12:45 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Zig...is the power still out up there?
Leap. The net will appear.
tropicbreeze
Feb 3, 2011 3:52 PM CST
Carol it's a terrible affliction. When I lived in a tidal area I used to say to myself that if I could sit and watch the tide come in, and then watch it go out again I'd really be relaxed. That's a hard ask. I phoned a friend in Townsville, which took a pounding. Her power is out but the phone (landline) was still on. I haven't heard anything direct about Mareeba but would guess they still had power and phone.

Rachel, thanks. Cyclone Yasi has tracked nearly 1000 kilometres inland still as a cyclone. Over night it weakened into a tropical depression (in the US called a tropical storm). Sometime today it will cross into the Northern Territory still carrying gales, heavy rain and storms with it. There's a severe weather warning out for the southern areas of the Territory in its path.
Imagemarsue
Feb 8, 2011 5:57 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Another wonderful stroll through your garden, Zig! So much lush tropical vegetation! That was interesting about the orange leaf on the philodendrum. Have you said how much land your garden encompasses? (in acres, please?)

I hope Cyclone Yasi is done with her destruction by now!
tropicbreeze
Feb 8, 2011 6:55 AM CST
Thanks Mau. Yasi finally blew itself out after it passed Alice Springs.

There's a map I marked up from a Google screen dump showing the whole property which is 9.14 hectares, about 22.6 acres. The garden is mainly the treed area around the house and along the driveway. I'd guess from the map that the garden is about 1/8th of the block, ie., about 1.14 hectares or 2.8 acres. That includes the area of the dam. The area of the dam is probably about half of that.
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Imagemarsue
Feb 8, 2011 7:08 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
That's a lot to take care of, Zig! No wonder you don't have time to enjoy just a leisurely stroll without thinking about all you have to do there! It is beautiful!
ImageMaridell
Feb 8, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
WOW!

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