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Review: The Brisbane Plant Collector’s Fair, 26-27.5.18

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I have shamelessly and greedily re-blogged this from Jerry’s place. It makes me want to fire-up a big chain saw and make some room here! 

 

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Isn't it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness? Isn’t it nice not to have to wade through a sea of sameness?

One of the gardening events Brisbane lacked until the Plant Collector’s Fair started in 2016, was a show dedicated to the enthusiast.

 A place where not only can you get a jammy mouth plant, but its golden-flowered form too. Thank goodness we have this show now – pass the napkins!

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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!

21 thoughts on “Review: The Brisbane Plant Collector’s Fair, 26-27.5.18

  1. Actually your header is of that keen South East Asian girl taking a photo at the plant fair. Is she invasive?

    Great review from Jerry, by the way. There’s nary a plant he describes that wouldn’t die unless kept in a heated greenhouse here in London, I bet. Jx

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  2. Hours and hours of fun. And probably severely depleted wallet.
    And yes, no Japanese sunflower to be seen.

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  3. Ah, yes. It’s actually Jerry’s header. (Mine will show on the next post.) As to vulnerability of the featured plants – yep.You’d need regular heat for most. Although you can manage quite a few things if you can protect them from frost.Horses for courses, as they say.

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  4. Apologies. I clicked on Jerry’s post and fell in love with his fonts! I guess I look at fonts in the same way that you look at plants!
    Sx

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  5. hahahaha. I shall have to go back and look again…

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  6. It’s probably my mind, but the “Jammy Mouth” plant sounds like something Enid Blyton would come up with to describe something bordering on the obscene.

    Now, you know I love your reblog finds, but instead of being invaded by pink, my sideboard is playing host to a giant old lady!

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  7. Oops! Dinah’s done it again. In future, I’ll just put in the relevant link.

    Well! I never thought anyone would mention Enid Blyton here! We should throw a party, with egg sandwiches and lashings of lemonade! And if anyone has a jammy mouth they will have to sit on the naughty step. 🙂

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  8. Eyes green with envy! Ideal climate …but finding the plants you want is a nightmare of disorganisation, unless it is an oirchid.

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  9. So many smaller nurseries hereabouts have closed.I suppose they can’t compete with Big Box Hardware giants. So, for much of my material I have to look on-line.
    Not that this is of any help to you!

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    • A fair number of nurseries but not much variety on offer…and as to ordering online…I can dream…
      The only reliable way is if you see something you like, you knock on the door and ask for a cutting. Never refused yet!

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  10. Yes, I’ve had great success in that ,too.It’s a two-way street.I think the sharing probably goes back to our very early days, when food was of such importance. The chap with the sharp stick and raw meat might be happy to share or swap for for some berries

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  11. Jerry was the manager of the outdoor collections when I worked as a gardener at the Sydney Botanic Gardens in the early 90’s, he’s a fabulous gardener & friend!

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  12. I’ve never been to a plant show, but I’m definitely going to see one now! I do love arboretums, gardens, and national parks–managed and protected wild ones.

    The last time thriving plants surprised me was a few years ago in the desert. It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. The wildflowers and exotic plants of Big Bend National Park intrigued and stunned me. Mostly desert, with mountains covered by forests, and a river ecosystem as well. I remember marveling at how colorful the dry desert hills and cliffs were. Then it rained heavily two days later, and that empty, desolate desert suddenly exploded in a kaleidoscope of colors and spectacular shapes as all sorts of flowers bloomed and blossomed, carpeting some areas with gorgeous hues! I was just agog at the incredible, extraordinary, and dazzling transformation.

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    • Yes, “exploding desert” is a good description. Many people save for ages to make such trips.Here, in Australia, there are regular annual trips (Spring) to Western Australia to see the Desert in Bloom.

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  13. Oh That was me,Dinahmow, logged in to the cat’s account!

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