Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let's Walk ======


Let's walk
this way...
and I'll
tell you about
some of these plants...

The Asparagus fern originated in South Africa.
It has tuberous roots, spiny branches,
little white flowers and red berries.
It has fibrous roots - which make it hard to eradicate
and it is now considered a noxious weed in Australia.

The amazing Azalea- is part of the rhododendron family.
A bushy flowering shrub with single flower stems
the azalea is made into a traditional alcoholic beverage
called Tugyonju (azalea wine) in Korea.
The plants are toxic to dogs.

We have eight species of Cordyline.
They are found native in Hawaii,
New Zealand, South Africa and Polynesia.
The red one, Cordyline Rubra gets its red colour
from the breakdown of chlorophyll in the leaves.

Cycads are ancient like the protea.
They go back to dinosaur Jurassic days.
Fossils have been found from 280 mya.
They have a distinctive crown of compound leaves
and short stumpy trunk.
They are quite hardy and survive
equally well in the subtropics as in dryer climates.

Grevilleas are abundant in Australia -
there are over 360 evergreen species
found in this proteaceae family.
The Aborigines enjoyed the sweet nectar
of grevillea and sprinkled it out to eat or
mixed it with water in a coolamon (vessel)
to make a sweet drink.

We call this Hawaiian daisy
and I have found that it is incorrect.
It is Singapore daisy and was planted widely
on road sides and railway embankments.
It is now a noxious weed as its virulent growth
has created dense infestations in the rainforest regions.

Red frangipani - Plumeria Rubra,
is grown throughout the pacific and S.E. Asia.
The red flower is also known as the Temple Flower
and is used in lei making in the Hawaiian islands.

I enjoyed your company...

Happy walking ======



  1. I love that Azalea! It's so soft and velvety...

  2. i enjoyed that walk delwyn. the plants are familiar but their names were not, so i was pleased to be introduced.
    miss singapore daisy had to be expelled from my garden for the same reason you mention in this post.

  3. Polly,
    It's nice to have your company...
    Me too...

    Happy Days

  4. Hello Priya,
    it is interesting to follow the various names.

    There is a small tree that grows prolifically on the coast with huge leaves called a macaranga grandifolia or parasol leaf tree, Do you know the one?
    It is also known as a bingabing, a nasturtium tree, and a Bullock's heart tree. All colourful, expressive names.

    Happy Days

  5. Wow! What a walk.

    The cycads and grivilleas really do look like they belong in Jurassic Park! Asparagus ferns don't do well anywhere here except in a steamy bathroom.

    I love taking these walks with you! Thank you.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous and so very interesting! I really appreciate all the work you put into your posts.
    I have an asparagus fern in a hanging basket this year, where it accents some lovely flowering plants. Unfortunately it's far too cold here for azaleas to survive the winter in the ground. They are one of my favorite flowers, and the one you photographed is absolutely gorgeous.

    By the way, I also enjoy doing a bit of gardening, except for the constant weeding! There is nothing like digging in the soil when the weather starts to warm up, is there?

  7. I didn't know azaleas are toxic to dogs. They grow well here in the Pacific Northwest and I have many in my yard. But the dog is luckily uninterested in communing with them.

  8. Now I know where Dr. Seuss got all his inspiration...those plants are extraordinary! Thank you!

  9. What an amazing lesson on botany. Nothing better than a native to navigate us through the mriad flowers and plants from his/her country. Many thanks, and yes, I did enjoy the walk, too. I felt like I was there with you.

    In regards to Kundera, I fully understand. In my case two factors colluded in my love affair with his work. He was banned in Cuba, at least' The Unbearable...' and 'The Joke' and he subverted the traditional style of the novel. However, the more I read him the more I began to notice that he made his female characters very weak beings. In 'The Unbearable...', 'The Joke', 'Immortality', 'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting'. You name it, it is one of his trademarks. It is an aspect of his writing that has never gone down well with me, but I still like him for all the other elements I mentioned before. As for 'The Women's Room, I sincerelyy recommend that you read it again. It is ever so timely.

    Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  10. Delwyn,

    Beautiful walk!

    Regards from Budapest


  11. gorgeous photos (especially the Grevillea) and interesting post, azalea wine?

    I've given you an award, come over to my blog to find out more...

  12. Had I not been here today, I never would have known. Upon visiting Hawaii at age 12, I had a fragrance epiphany. I smelled a flower that I could never again find anywhere. Eons later, in South Africa, upon smelling a flower, something in the back of my olfactory plant clicked, but I couldn't quite place why. FRANGIPANI=PLUMERIA, PLUMERIA=FRANGIPANI. Yay!!

    Thank you for taking me on this walk down the maze-like recesses of memory lane! Ciao

  13. hi delwyn - when i look at these plants i feel like i get to see the world all over again for the first time. they are so exotic and exquisitely detailed and their colour and symmetry is so beautiful. thanks for sharing!

  14. Loved the plants; curious about the wine.

  15. Rosaria,

    Could do with agoogle do you think???

    Happy days

  16. Steven,
    Hello again,

    I'm glad that you enjoy the plants of another continent just as much as I enjoy seeing them from other places around the world. It does give you that child-like excitement when seeing things fresh and new...

    Happy days

  17. Loloa

    you are so right - they have a delicate subtle perfume. I have written about them in the past - before we became friends- here we call them frangipani and they are mostly deciduous except for a native version we have. In Hawaii they are evergreen plumeria with a waxier looking leaf.
    Both- are one of my favourit flowers - I decided that frangipani would be the floral emblem for my wedding anniversary last Feb (I'm not fussed with jewellery, but flowers are precious gems to me)

    Happy Days

  18. What an exotic montage! Reds and pinks and greens and then yellows--so unusual the grevillea; it looks handmade.

  19. Crafty green Poet,
    you are a little crafty...Thank you I appreciate you acknowledgment...
    there are so many different varieties - the birds go crazy over them - especially the rainbow lorikeets.

    I'll be over at coffee time!!

    Happy Days

  20. Ruslan,

    good to see you again,
    I have been following you on your in trip...and will get back soon.

    Happy Days

  21. Mr C,
    hello to you, you are a good walking companion ...- always got a good book to chat about...

    I am going to do just that...read Marilyn again...and perhaps the tendency for Kundera to paint his female lead character as diminished and needy was one of the things that annoyed me when re-reading.

    Happy Days

  22. Tulsa,

    Do you mean with the tangles woven plants he drew as illustrations ... was he the illustrator???

    Happy days

  23. Meri

    the more I read about plants I am surprised by how many common ones are poisonous. White sappy ones especially like oleander...

    Happy Days

  24. Lola- I have just noticed I have given your name an Hawaiian twist - must have been the influence of the plumeria!

  25. Angela,
    thankyou for your kind comments -

    yes I do spend a lot of time creating my posts but I love to do it and I have the time now I am in that Autumn stage of my life when responsibilities , duties, obligations, should dos, chores and tasks have all diminished.

    The blog has become my creative outlet - I keep expecting the enthusiasm to wane but it hasn't yet...so I make the most of it, and am becoming more interested in photography and plants, birds, flowers too. So it has many positive outcomes.

    Happy Days

    But it is nice that you appreciate my effort.

  26. Reya,
    I'm glad that you can find time to get out of the city and enjoy the rain forest and national park and flora and fauna of Noosa with me...

    Happy Days

  27. Hi Margaret,

    I'll have to collect a range of grevilleas because they are all so stunning and different.

    Two things we always seem to have in Noosa, no matter the season, are flowers and colour...

    Happy Days

  28. Hi Delwyn,

    I love this post. How did you come to learn so much about plant?

    You may be interested in my brother's blog post today, "Vine Growth" over on Gurney Journey. Here's the link:


    There's a fascinating Youtube video of vines growing. And I think you could add some wisdom to the speculations about the effects of northern and southern hemispheres in regard to whether vines twist CW or CCW.

  29. you will have to photograph the tree for me to recognize it :-)

  30. I so enjoy your wonderful walks. I love plants and you bring me back to my home country with it's beautiful flora and fauna. You're getting more rain in your tropical areas now than they do in Victoria. It's all so lush there!

  31. Dan, hi there from Wednesday,

    I have always been interested in plants - we even established a palm and understorey nursery for fun as a hobby - I worked there for a few years - but these days I have a good friend who helps called MR Google... plus I am getting keen enough to buy some identification books for plants and birds - you will see why shortly...

    Thanks for the link and I will examine the vines tomorrow...

    Happy Days

  32. Priya

    it's coming up in a post soon so I will draw your attention to it then

    Happy Days

  33. Scintilla,

    We have had lots of rain ,but not floods like the Noosa Hinterland or NSW coasts and towns inland from there.
    I'm glad to be able to give you a dose of good ol' Oz...

    Happy Days

  34. I have a noxious weed growing in my living room! (asparagus fern)I find that hilarious. One man's garbage is another man's treasure! So true! Once again thank you! Your pictures a lovely.

  35. Lorac,

    you do...I was looking at that fern today as I walked -invading the National Park, creeping at the edges of the rain forest....

    Thanks for visiting

    Happy Days

  36. Oh dear, my pathetic English garden, so tidy and orderly, is a poor example of the great natural world.
    You are so lucky to "own" all this.
    Brilliant photos!


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