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Hi there, I just joined the forum. I am from New Zealand and at the moment living in the sub tropics of Queensland Australia. 

Here I have to deal with temps above 30C for most of the year, high humidity and either long periods of drought or flooding rain.

I really envy all the beautiful UK gardens, full of plants I can only dream about, still its mid winter and have self sewn tomatoes everywhere, picking about a bucket every second day, not bad as they are growing in stones around our pool area!

Dovefromabove

Hi Rosieprimrose - temps here in the UK are hitting 30C this week - BBQs are being lit, paddling pools filled and ice creams licked.

Doubtless we will have thunderstorms at the weekend! 

Hi Dovefromabove, wow sounds like some beautiful weather your way too. I struggle here with the gardens, its banana palms and hibiscus area of the world and all I want are cottage plants and things i can pick. Last summer we got up to 38C and then the rain mid afternoon, the garden was boiled, lost everything except my roses in minutes, the humidity is like walking into a sauna. But we gardeners are a strange lot, I refuse to give up, last WINTER I grew hollyhocks, they grew really well, I had cars stopping outside of the house and people got out to see this strange plant, no one knew what it was!!!!!!!!!

Salino

..hi Rosie... I know what it must be like for you..been to Queensland a few times... but you do grow lovely Frangipani trees... Leucadendrons.... Callistemons... Bougainvilleas...  at least I used to see them in Brisbane...    I loved the Callistemons until I found that actually we can grow some of these here too...  now they seem a bit ordinary in comparison...

...but it's too hot to garden most of the summer isn't it?... too hot to go out...lol...  love all the foliage plants though...so many planted for shade...  fond memories of my visits there...  Phoenix Canariensis is one of my favourites..used to see it a lot in New Zealand.... it does grow here in sheltered places...  I have family in Wellington and Brisbane...

..I should add...lovely tale about the Hollyhocks..lol... it's the same here when people see Bottle Brushes I think...

Hi Salino, yes, must say, the perfume of the Frangipani fillsl the air and its beautiful. In summer I really don't venture out in the garden after 9 in the morning. When I first moved here from NZ I would go out with a pot lid and make a huge amount of noise to get rid of the snakes before I weeded!!!! My winter garden is full of limes, tomatoes and chillies. My husband banned Bougainvilleas, they grow about a foot overnight here and the thorns got him many times.

Yes it was funny about the Hollyhocks, I gave away hundreds of seeds to neighbours, they were really fascinated, I even had people come and take photos, so funny!

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Salino

...I don't remember seeing many snakes but the NZ Weta sure scares the h*ll out of me...lol... strange, weird creatures.... I have a little fake one here sitting on a table... thank goodness it's fake..!

...never realised Bouganvilleas were so thorny.... like our rambling roses I suppose...

nice to have your own limes.... I should like that...

Hi Fellow Gardeners

please could some one help me, is this plant a weed that's taking over my garden or a plant that needs to be taken control of. When I cut this plant back, it gives off the most horrendous smell but it's growing out of control, then it grows with more vigour !!! I feel sad about this as the bee's love the flowers, which are white and shaped like a bell, it grows up by my frog pond but now it's started sprouting in other places in my garden please help !!!!! 

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nutcutlet

Hi Vivi, to upload a photo start by clicking on the tree in the toolbar.

I'd start a new thread as well, call it weed ID or something that people know what it is

Hi Fellow Gardeners

please could some one help me, is this plant a weed that's taking over my garden or a plant that needs to be taken control of. When I cut this plant back, it gives off the most horrendous smell but it's growing out of control, then it grows with more vigour !!! I feel sad about this as the bee's love the flowers, which are white and shaped like a bell, it grows up by my frog pond but now it's started sprouting in other places in my garden please help !!!!! 



 

   

 

Thanks nutcutlet

I'm new to all this hope the picture has come through now ????????

Looks rather like Comfrey........makes good liquid feed or helps to activate your compost heap.  As you say, Bees love the flowers but it will seed everywhere if you let it

nutcutlet

I think you're right Philippa

Big picture Nutcutlet..........I can do big pictures ( well, sometimes anyway )

nutcutlet

I've returned your PM Philippa

Thanks Nutcutlet...........will PM tomorrow.......chicken herding now

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Hello everyone. Just new in the community. Love to see beautiful plants around.

Beaus Mum

Hi Daany and welcome 

1Runnybeak1


 Can anyone identify this plant please ? 

nutcutlet

a yucca, someone will know which I'm sure

Fairygirl

It's a variegated one nut...

I'll get my coat