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No, not about one of those ever-returning pop stars who can’t quite seem to leave their spotlight.

This  post features some of the garden plants that are thumbing their metaphorical noses at cyclones. Some things were damaged beyond help, but I’m happy to see others romping away.

Beginning with a flower stem of Canangra odorata When the rain and the roaring wind eased and we ventured out, this was on the front steps. (And, for the moment, it’s also my header!)


David Austin’s trouper, “Abraham Darby” I snapped this in a shower this morning.

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Cestrum nocturnum Night-scented jasmine. Utterly gorgeous! It needed vigorous pruning a few weeks ago, but it kept flowering and so I left it. Some of the taller stems were “pruned” for me. I did eventually get stuck into it, cutting two bushes back rather brutally and allowing this one to remain reasonably tall. It helps to screen two neighbouring houses.

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Clerodendrum nutans Delighted to find several flower buds on this as it struggles and almost croaked during the heatwave. And no, I cannot move it as the roots will be impossible to untangle from the  {insert any rude adjective } palms. I might try striking a cutting to grow in a pot…

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One of several crucifix orchids, this one was on a grevillea we had to cut back.I’ve poked it between fence palings for the time being.Those background cordylines belong to the neighbour. It’s known as “the borrowed view.” 🙂

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My poor swamp orchid!Phaius australis. It’s been crushed by shed palm fronds, sat on by a ruddy great toad,almost cooked in the heatwave and, most recently, blown over by the stormy winds. But it’s fighting back!

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Stag or Elk? I always have to look them up! These were both rescued from a palm that was blown down a few weeks ago.


And this one was attached to a palm next door and the neighbour had nowhere to put it so she and I lugged it down here and yesterday The Man wired it to a post. It looks a bit ragged (well, so would you if you were hurled from a great height!), but I think it’ll survive.

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I’ll post one more comeback…the Michaelia figo, “Port Wine Magnolia.” Another fragrant plant for pathways below windows.M.figo port Wine.JPG

The removal of storm-damaged trees continues though we have no indication of when our suburb will be cleared. But we did get off lightly, compared with many others.


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

28 thoughts on “MAKING A COMEBACK

  1. Too bad that you guys had the storm damage and hassle of dealing with it. In spite of all that, those photos of the lovely tropical plants are really nice. Thank you for sharing; it’s almost tropical plant porn! Sorry.


  2. Oh, we “dodged the bullet” as a supermarket lady said. The resulting rainstorms further south were horrendous for many, many more people. (see email)
    And that kind of porn is fine.:-)


  3. Happy dances. These are comebacks I am happy to see.
    Popstars (and shudder politicians)? No. I would like to see someone apply pesticides to their stumps.


  4. The fallout from storms can be disheartening, but it’s so encouraging to see the plantlife renewing itself and recovering. I hope your tress and other debris are removed soon.
    I especially love your stag/elk horn ferns – although, they do look an awful lot like triffids, and more than slightly vulgar!


    • Yes, it does give us a “lift” to see how quickly most things recover.Of course, I only took photos of the prettty things.The rampant weeds rampaging over the boggy bits? No!


  5. I can’t tell you how much hope this fills me with.

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  6. Oh, there’s always Hope, Eryl. Sometimes it’s not easy to see. 🙂

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  7. It puts us Brits complaining about rain, leaves on the line or a hosepipe ban into perspective. I am so pleased the stagshorns survived – they are one of my favourite ferns, ever! We can only grow them indoors, and they prove so finicky that even green-fingered moi has managed to kill three of them… Jx


    • Welcome aboard, Jon. You might find yourself called upon for tricky plant ID now! 🙂


      • Oh, dear. London being as far away from the tropics as you are from, say, Tasmania, I will have to rely upon my “knowledge” of what we call houseplants, I fear… Jx

        PS London is as far North as Patagonia is South (that’s further South than NZ; further than its Auckland Islands, in fact) – but we have a Gulf Stream that keeps us from freezing over completely.


  8. Ah, yes, the Antipodean trade-off.:-)


  9. ♫I will survive, hey, hey♫

    Definitely material for the Infomaniac Annual Garden Photos Event, several months from now.


  10. Your garden is magnificent. I’m so glad to see it bouncing back. I’m sure the casualties smarted, but nature is determined. Life finds a way.

    And you are obviously a very able gardening which makes things so much easier for the plants in your care to resurrect themselves.


    • Well, first of all, I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. Then I thought..”what does she want? ”
      Roses, if you could see my finger nails and my scratched and bloody bits and the enormous piles of weeds and branches that still litter the yard…
      I think it’s that word ABLE that lets me down.My creaky body doesn’t let me do as I used ter done, as an old woman I once knew said.
      But thank you anyway.I shall have another session today, buoyed-up by your kind words.


  11. I’m hoping that my garden recovers from Typhoon Sid. He has now started digging under the shrubs. Sigh.
    How are you plants now? We have had rain all day…. but pales into puddles compared to what you’ve experienced.


    • Funny you should ask…I have a couple of rosebuds and lots of other stuff showing colour here and there.Very jungle-green now.And. of course, a great crop of weeds in the once-bare spots where trees used to be.”My hoe! My hoe! It’s off to work i go…”
      Crawls upstairs later, groaning “My back!My back!…”

      Sid’s a terrier, right? They dig.
      Just remember what the thing I have lots of is called – Hipoestes.I shall take a camera when I go outside.


  12. Have you been outside yet? With your camera? After all, it’s a few months later (well, two), so “all sorts of pretty things should be blooming” as you mentioned to The Mistress…
    (Don’t mind me. My new garden is not as I would like yet, so I need to get my garden highs elsewhere!)


    • Oh! Here you are, checking u..strike that! popping in. And bless you, even after I said not to wate your time.
      Yes, I did pop out with the camera, but there was a bit of a hiccup between computers.Oh, look, the shrt story is rather like having a party and some of the friends you invited got ever-so-friendly with others you’d invited …and they all ropmed off together and left you to clean up the mess. If you can’t figur that out, I’ll email!
      But it is sweet of you to peep over my fence. TVM


  13. I came back too. And the Annual Garden Thing – I think you will be reminded of this by the crack of the whip …


  14. there are always such exotic plants where you live and I’m always so impressed at your in-depth knowledge of them and their latin names.


    • Oh, common names can be so varied, the botanical name is the only way to be sure.Besides,if plants and gardening are your bread and butter you have to know them.
      That said, a lot of people who sell plants and flowers have no idea!


  15. I have a Maidenhair fern that’s a bit of a diva, I call it Barbra, she’s very difficult and demanding, looks a bit of a mess. One of these days I’m going to get a pair of scissors and show her who’s boss.


    • I remember giving my mother one for her birthday.She used to move it all over the house so that it got the conditions it liked. ie no sneaky drafts whistling around corners, no blast of hot air from a fireplace…and the temperamental brute shrivelled anyway. But when they’re happy they are magnificent! Good luck with Barbra.


  16. I wrote a comment on here before, I must have clicked out before pressing the ‘post comment’ button

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