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News from the Moble Garden – One Year On

March 20, 2020
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Just off the telephone from Mrs. Brown who is sending me an Albertine Rose. You may remember Mrs. Brown, as she is a not infrequent visitor to these pages. Mrs. Brown of the poppy and ornamental grape fame no less, in case your wits are at their end at present and who could blame you. So that was a telephone call to lift the spirits and now I shall be on the look-out for the perfect spot for what will be, a quite substantial rose.


Roses from our garden in one of our most popular rooms, aptly named the Garden Room for it’s long view of the front lawn.

I have had Albertine here before, it was a victim of the 2014 water heist and I must own, I had completely forgotten about her. What I do remember, however, is masses of apricot flowers in spring on an imposing frame of wait-a-while thorns. Albertine is a rose that does not need company around her, perhaps I shall plant her on a creek bank as a child deterrent? In case you are wondering, the deterrent is to work from inside the garden, I am not intending to keep small children out!


The garden beds along the creek bank cascade into the water, with Brian’s wrought iron Pelican watching proceedings.

 Another that was lost was at that time was L’Amarque, somewhat easier to get along with, a different personality altogether. Superb cream flowers with a hint of lemon, she scrambled up a gazebo post and fought for roof space with the white banksia rose. Cousin Essie was there as well, she was duly planted in honour of a childhood poddy and not for the rose description which I am sure was beguiling (aren’t they all?).

The boat is always a source of great entertainment.

All in all, a charming way to start the day and brighten what is fast becoming a pretty drab outlook. In this we shall say no more though, I promised myself to only write of interesting snippets where possible and I mean to continue. So, despite impending gloom, we have green feed and paddocks blooming and this shall be our focus.


Roses on the kitchen table, with Brian’s maps we think date back to 1932.

I have the garlic ready to plant, the bed is prepared as well, which is a rare but satisfying alignment of programming. I think I shall plant my Sweet Peas nearby but will need to check if they are friends or not. I wish I was more disciplined with the lunar/solar charts and knowing who liked to holiday with whom. I shall just see if old Mr. Seale has it in his Garden Doctor tome; Mr. Yates offers nothing on companion planting, I expect he thought they should just get on regardless.


One of our favourite vistas, looking from the kitchen out over the front lawn and beyond to the creek, captured by Richard Waugh in November last year.

Oh dear. Mr. Searle suggests that peas do not get along with onions, so I imagine we can assume that Sweet Peas will feel the same about garlic if they follow the Capulet-Montague model of family politics. Great to know that Shakespeare is with me in the garden still and I shall look further for the sweet peas, which will not be planted here until late April.


The verandah of Bill’s Hut is a cool respite, shaded by a hanging garden and old faithful Plumbago.

This garden will be working hard this Autumn-Winter, our prime vegetable time. Sowing seeds never fails to thrill, the promise of our own produce on our dinner plates is both satisfying and comforting. I shall be on the hustings for some tip cuttings as well, the summer has been hard on the salvias and wallflowers, so I shall glean what I can and see if we cannot entice some new plants from old.

View to the garden seat, another of Brian’s creations, towards the bottom of the garden.

In the meantime, I shall share a picture with you: green lawns strewn with Mock Orange petals, the spent flowers of Murraya paniculata. They have burst into blossom with the recent rain, the garden a fragrant vision of cream and green. Now they have fallen and continue to please with their cream scented carpet of snow. For so many reasons I am grateful they thrive here.

Cosmos and lavender beside the vegetable garden.

It is a year ago this week that I sat down and wrote the first little gardening letter to you. This last year has been a still life of flowers and vegetables framed in a haze of dust; if you look carefully, you will spot an old duck squinting in the background, her hair mad as ever, her fixed gaze seeking storm clouds on the endless clear horizon. Waiting for rain. Even so, I have enjoyed chatting with you and I thank you for listening.

This too shall pass,

The Moble Gardener

A table made from a wagon wheel displaying some treasured ceramics beside the straw bale hut.

All photographs in this week’s blog were kindly supplied by Richard Waugh.


Quilpie Garden Suggestions

The bold denotes that this plant may be suitable for bore water however, as no two bores are the same, it will be trial and error to see what suits your particular bore water.


Bauhinia Bauhinia blackeana, B.varigata, B. alba

Bottlebrush Callistamen spp

Bottle Tree Brachychiton australis

Buddlieia Buddleia spp

Chinese pistachio Pistacia chinensis

Chinese Elm Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese tallow tree Sapium sebiferum

Celtis Celtis spp

Claret Ash Fraxinus oxycarpa

Date Palm Phoenix canariensis

Fig Ficus macrocarpaand other ficus spp

Crepe myrtle Largerstroemia indica

Cotton Trees Hibiscus tileaceus


Golden Shower Cassia fistula

Eucalyptus spp

Indian Siris Tree Albizia lebbeck

Jacaranda Jacaranda mimosifolia

Lily Pily Eugenia spp

Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus

Melaleuca leucadendra and other Melaleuca spp

Mulberry Morusspp

Olive Olea europaea

Drunken Parrot Tee Schotia Brachypetala

Pepperina Schinus molle

Yellow Poinciana Peltophorum pterocarpum

Pomegranate  Punica granatum

Silky Oak Grevillea robusta

Race Horse tree Tipuana tipu

Tabebuia Tree Tabebuia palmeri

White Cedar Melia azedarach



Bauhinia galpinii

Buddlieia Buddleia spp

Blue Potato Bush Lycianthes rantonnetii

Box Buxus microphylla

Pinkilla Hedge Clerodendron heterophyllum This hedge is as  tough as Nanny’s knees!

Cotoneaster spp

Duranta spp great for hedges and topiary as well

Emu Bush Eremophila spp

Fiddlewood Citharexylum spinosum

Grevillea spp

Indian Hawthorn Rapheolepis spp

May Bush Spirea catoniensis

Mock orange Murraya paniculata

Oleander Nerium oleander

Photinia Photinia robusta

Plumbago Plumbago spp

Privet Ligustrum spp great hedge

Prunus spp

Russian Olive Elaeagnus spp

Vitex spp

Westringia spp



Coral Bells Antignon leptopuswill frost

Banksia Rose

Blue Potato creeper Solanum wendlandii and alba for white

Bougainvilleas spp

Cat’s Claw Creeper Tweediana Invasive declared weed

Chinese Star Jasmine trachelospermum jasminoides

Honeysuckle Lonicera spp

Jasmine spp

Ornamental Grape Vitis sppfind an older variety for extra toughness

Petrea Petrea volubilisa drought buster!

Orange trumpet Vine Pyrostegia venusta


Climbing Roses

Stephanotis floribunda

Virginia creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Wisteria spp

Garden Perennials etc

Agastache spp



African daisy


Catmint Nepeta spp


Crinum Lillies

Curry Plant Helichrysum 


Day Lillies Hemerocallis spp

Pink Evening primrose Oenothera speciose

Grasses, Miscanthus spp, Penesetum spp,

Geraniums and pelargoniums

Hippeastrum  Armaryllis spp




Sacred bamboo Nadina spp

Rosemary, thyme, Oregeno, Sage, Tarragon, Basil all make great fillers

Dog bane Plectranthus spp

Salvia spp

Seaside daisy Eriginon karvinskianus

Succulents varied, I find many don’t love the heat but have a go!

Roses if you have good water


Wormwood Artemisia spp


Thank you for reading all the way to the bottom! I’ll reward you with a photo of Moble Homestead taken in 1986-ish from the other side of the billabong. Anything is possible!

The Moble Homestead garden today.