Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Gardening on the roof

This afternoon Tomsy, Nomes, Ray, Stella and I did some gardening on the roof.
We planted mostly small, coastal plants along one edge of the roof. Hopefully when they grow they'll form a windbreak to shelter other plants.

We planted some herbs as well, to use in Credo:

We're hoping to grow vegetables to cook in Credo as well, and to get people who come to lunch involved in the gardening.
The chilli plants we have on the fire escape are starting to grow fruit...

...and the kangaroo apple (or poroporo if you are New Zealish) is flowering:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Good to see you carrying on the horticultural theme into a 4th generation. The hardy coastal plants around the edge as a windbreak is a great idea. The Kangaroo Paw will give you some idea as to what sort of honeyeaters hang around Collins St. Some other good local coastal plants which would get a bit of height would be;
Coastal Tea-Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum), Coastal Rosemary (Westringia fruiticosa), Coast Everlasting (Helichrysum paralium), Common Boobialla (Myoporum insulare), Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa), Drooping She-oak (Alocasuarina stricta),
Saw, Coastal, & Hairpin Banksia (B. serrata, integrifolia, spinulosa),
Hakeas - Dagger (teretifolia), Yellow (nodosa), Furze (ulicina), Silky (sericea),
Twiggy Daisy-bush (Olearia ramulosa).
You might be able to get some of these at Ceres in Brunswick, or the St. Kilda or Melbourne Botanic Bardens.
Some really fast-growing, hardy windbreak plants are Willow Hakea (Hakea salicifolia) & Gold Wreath Wattle (Acacia saligna).
I've got some small Hakea ulicina and Olearias which you can have.
Regards, Dad