A Melbourne Garden

When I was in Melbourne at the weekend I took a stroll through my friend Wendy’s garden and took a few photos.

This is an interesting one – the plant is commonly known as ‘elephant ears’ as an ornamental, but the tubers are edible and are known as ‘taro’, a useful food, especially in the tropics.

Elephant Ears

Just as a matter of extra interest, the clump of rather spiky leaves with pink flowers on the right is ‘aechmea gamapetala’, a bromeliad.  On the other side is a ‘wrinkly chili’ quite mild, grown from seed in ripe chillies given to Wendy by a Greek friend.  Behind it, looking straggly, is a recently replanted black seeded chilli – very hot.  Both of these are perennial, the hot one can grow to around 3 metres and last 7 or 8 years.

The edible canna canna edulis, known as Queensland arrowroot, is quite attractive with bronze tipped leaves and smallish red flowers, although in Melbourne it has reached its scraggy season as winter approaches.

Edible Canna

A quote from Wendy “I’ve included a photo of my jaboticaba tree, as it is unusual.  It’s a Brazilian fruit tree, very slow growing, in fact this one is already about 8 years old and is only a metre and a half high.  It will, hopefully, have grape-like fruit which form right on the branches – if I live long enough!”

Jaboticaba

I thought this weeping tree below was a lovely corner of the garden
And finally, Wendy’s husband Kevin took a snap of me under this tree with the lovely autumn colours. A novelty for me because we don’t  get a fall of leaves up in Brisbane.
Thank you Kevin and Wendy for a lovely weekend.
***
Advertisements

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Di Ferguson
    May 24, 2012 @ 19:57:29

    Nice photos Jean – I remember my Great Aunt who lived across the road from me, sixty five years ago, growing Elephant Ears and I remember as a child being facinated by their shape, however I never realized that one could eat the tubers?

    Reply

  2. narf7
    May 28, 2012 @ 18:07:28

    We are in the middle of autumns flush of colour here in Tasmania. When I lived in Western Australia we didn’t get “autumn” (so to speak) and it didn’t colour the leaves, much like Queensland I guess but here, we get 4 distinct seasons and autumn is crisp, cold and very beautiful 🙂 I would love to grow taro and Queensland arrowroot here though! Swap you some autumn leaves for the ability to grow them 😉

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Frugal Queen

Writing about all things thrifty, home cooking, fun on a budget and living between Cornwall and Huelgoat in Brittany.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Sustainable Gardening in our Continually Surprising Climate

The Power of Thrift

and other ramblings

Nourishing Traditions

The Blog that Challenges Policitally Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

could do worse

adventures in London

Allotmentals Plot 103

Allotment, garden and daytrips

Pickle Me Too

Nourishing foods for the whole family (including pickles!)

The Earth Mama

The day and life of an Earth Mama

myproductivebackyard

Sustainable Backyard Food Production

My Front Burner

making what matters

30 acres of sunshine

organic, sustainable and self-sufficient hobby farm in the making

Lottie Land Girl

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!

Throwback at Trapper Creek

An ongoing chronicle of meeting the expectations of the land...

Foodnstuff

Energy decline & self-sufficiency from Melbourne, Australia

Frugal Queen

Writing about all things thrifty, home cooking, fun on a budget and living between Cornwall and Huelgoat in Brittany.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Sustainable Gardening in our Continually Surprising Climate

The Power of Thrift

and other ramblings

Nourishing Traditions

The Blog that Challenges Policitally Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

could do worse

adventures in London

Allotmentals Plot 103

Allotment, garden and daytrips

Pickle Me Too

Nourishing foods for the whole family (including pickles!)

The Earth Mama

The day and life of an Earth Mama

myproductivebackyard

Sustainable Backyard Food Production

My Front Burner

making what matters

30 acres of sunshine

organic, sustainable and self-sufficient hobby farm in the making

Lottie Land Girl

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!

Throwback at Trapper Creek

An ongoing chronicle of meeting the expectations of the land...

Foodnstuff

Energy decline & self-sufficiency from Melbourne, Australia

horticultural 'obbit

'obbitry of the horticultural kind

Leisa Rayven

Passionate stories for lovers of words

The Garden Smallholder

A Tiny Farm In A Big Garden

The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

One homemaker. One Acre. My quest for Self Sufficiency.

not just greenfingers

Mrs Thrift's Simple Living in the Modern Day......Kitchen Garden, Allotment, Baking And More...

quarteracrelifestyle

The "Good Life" on a quarter acre, frugal living

Gardener Jen

Trials, errors and joys of creating and maintaining my first garden.

Our Everyday Life in Pictures

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

Exercising Septuagenarian

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

frugalfeeding | Low Budget Family Recipes, UK Food Blog

n. frugality; the quality of being economical with money or food.

The Next Stage

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

The Greening of Gavin

Sustainable Living in the Suburbs

Down to Earth

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

%d bloggers like this: