Miconia calvescens

Doesn’t this plant look gorgeous? This is Miconia, the velvet tree or bush currant and is a species of flowering plant from the Melastomataceae family. It is native to Mexico and Central and South America and it has become one of the world’s most invasive species. Miconia is a serious weed that has the potential […]

Coral Tree

Coral tree, pretty but not one to plant here on the Coffs Coast.

Honey Locust – Gleditsia triacanthos

This central North American native is a common ornamental shade tree in the suburbs of America. But here on the Coffs Coast this is listed in the Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare’s ‘Weeds of the North Coast of NSW’.  There is a Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Elegantissima’ available in nurseries throughout Australia which is a small, slow growing […]

Winter Vegie Patch Preparation

It’s about this time of the year that all the summer veggies have finished, and we need to start thinking about preparing the bed for the forthcoming winter season. The aim is to transform your tired summer vegetable patch into a fertile winter garden that will grow a bumper crop of veggies.   The first […]

Passionvine Hopper – Scolypopa australis

Pictured left – This is a native planthopper of eastern Australia. Adult hoppers are about 10mm long with mottled brown triangular wings. Nymphs (up to 5mm long) are wingless, mottled pinkish-brown, with a tuft of white waxy filaments on the end of their abdomens informally known as fluffy bums. They occur on passionfruit vines, jasmine, […]

Rutherglen Bug & Cluster Bug

Rutherglen bug (Nysius vinitor) and Grey Cluster bug (Nysius clevelandensis) are both native species that can migrate into crops and gardens in very large numbers in favourable conditions. The adult bugs swarm sporadically when native grasses and weeds dry off and descend on crops, orchards and gardens. They attack flower heads, and feed on seeds and new-growth sap of […]

Bean Fly

The adult Bean Fly is a shiny black fly about 3.5mm long, larvae are cream with dark mouthparts and grow to 3mm long and the pupae are brown and cylindrical with rounded ends.  It is found here on the Coffs Coast due to the moist humid conditions we have. The female lays eggs in punctures […]

Growing Wild Foods

The following article was written by Kate Wall for GardenDrum some years ago. She says ‘……… all of these plants – weeds, subtropical edibles and local natives, work so well in my style of food gardening – that being a forage through a somewhat wild but gloriously beautiful cottage garden laden with flowers, to find […]