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Jonathan

I think the Franklin is entirely within a national park now Peaches!

There is some prime Nikau country up the West Coast though - wet, wild and mild (all things are relative of course....).

Cheers,

Jonathan

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peachy

Never mind dear, there's always Irishtown or Ulverstone !! :rolleyes:

Peachy

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Tyrone

Kurt, that's a wonderful piece of land you have there. All the best with your Daintree endeavours. Keep us posted too.

best regards

Tyrone

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Jerry@TreeZoo

Kurt,

That is a beautiful area that I have been to twice. I know some areas do not have electricity and some areas you cannot use fertilizers. Tell us more of life there.

I have a Pink Evodia (easier to say than Euodia) and the older it gets the better it looks.

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Mr Cycad

Are you familiar with TNQ Palms nursery at Julatten?

Hi Jonathan. Yes, I have been there once before. I'd love to have another acreage down there!

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peachy

OOOH You greedy Possum.....can I interest you in some land on the Moreton Bay Islands ?

Peachy :D

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Mr Cycad

Kurt,

That is a beautiful area that I have been to twice. I know some areas do not have electricity and some areas you cannot use fertilizers. Tell us more of life there.

I have a Pink Evodia (easier to say than Euodia) and the older it gets the better it looks.

Hi Jerry.

I'm not sure about the fertiliser issue, but the Council seems pretty content spraying poison everywhere. Yes, your right, we don't have electricity off the grid. I like that.

Cheers, Kurt

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ariscott

Are you going to put in solar?? Now, it is getting complicated... :).

Regards, Ari :)

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Mr Cycad

More replantation action:

Araucaria bidwillii, propagated from seed from my brother in-law's property.

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Stenocarpus sinuatus - Firewheel tree

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Mr Cycad

Are you going to put in solar?? Now, it is getting complicated... :).

Regards, Ari :)

Initially, no. A little generator will suffice in the short term. Low impact is the go, and I don't really need much power (fridge and few lights only).

Cheers, Kurt

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Mr Cycad

Some more backyard shots...

Big old female Lepidozamia hopei

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The 'Grove'

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Massive Xanthostemon Chrysanthus with another Lepidozamia hopei

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peachy

Are you going to put in solar?? Now, it is getting complicated... :).

Regards, Ari :)

Initially, no. A little generator will suffice in the short term. Low impact is the go, and I don't really need much power (fridge and few lights only).

Cheers, Kurt

Oh Kurt, how to instantly change my idea of heaven into a version of the 'hotter'place. I am afraid hot water, airconditioning, dishwasher, tv, steam cleaner etc etc are among life essentials. I cant understand why they still sell land without power connected in this day and age.

Power dependant Peachy

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Mr Cycad

Oh Kurt, how to instantly change my idea of heaven into a version of the 'hotter'place. I am afraid hot water, airconditioning, dishwasher, tv, steam cleaner etc etc are among life essentials. I cant understand why they still sell land without power connected in this day and age.

Power dependant Peachy

Indeed, its not for everyone. The government has recently commissioned another report to look at putting power over the range. Not sure how that's going to go and not worried either way really.

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Jerry@TreeZoo

Some more backyard shots...

Big old female Lepidozamia hopei

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The 'Grove'

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Massive Xanthostemon Chrysanthus with another Lepidozamia hopei

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Holy Cow! My spindly little Golden Penda will someday be as massive as that buttressed trunk giant?!?

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Mr Cycad

Holy Cow! My spindly little Golden Penda will someday be as massive as that buttressed trunk giant?!?

Yes, one day!

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Mr Cycad

Here is a nice Blue Quandong [elaeocarpus grandis] on the edge of the clearing.

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fan palm

awesome block kurt! nice part of qldsmilie.gif

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Mr Cycad

Some Daintree Rainforest facts...

Oldest rainforest in the world (older than the Amazon Rainforest) and largest rainforest in Australia!

World Heritage Listed in 1988!!

430 recorded species of birdlife!!!

Home to some of my favourite plants (palm, cycad & fern)!!!!

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Mr Cycad

awesome block kurt! nice part of qldsmilie.gif

Thanks Harry!

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palmtreesforpleasure

What a fantastic back garden, Hope the house building and garden planting go well Kurt.

thanks for the pictures

colin

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Mr Cycad

What a fantastic back garden, Hope the house building and garden planting go well Kurt.

thanks for the pictures

colin

Cheers Colin!

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Alberto

Fantastic work you are doing Kurt ,recreating the rainforestwere that was cleared!

I did the same here on my property of 5 hectares with 2 hectares intact forest and +- 1 hectare degraded that I replanted, also with Araucaria angustifolia and lot of rarer native trees. Choose for the rarest trees!

Congratulations!!! I enjoyed to see your progress!

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Daryl

What an absolute slice of heaven...

Daryl

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Mr Cycad

What an absolute slice of heaven...

Daryl

Thanks Daryl - exactly my thoughts

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Mr Cycad

Nice smelling little orchid growing wild on a tree. Cymbidium madidum?

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Mr Cycad

Nice little Licuala ramsayi growing on the edge of the clearing/forest.

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Walter John

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Gileno Machado

Beautiful place Kurt, and lovely Bowenias, Lepidozamia and Licuala. Keep us updated with new pictures please...

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Jason Baker Portugal

Hey Kurt. Do you have the book "Growing Australian tropical plants"by Radke and Sankowsky? It is very informative about how to create a rainforest area with native trees. I only have castanospermum, stenocarpus (thought the flowers would be more overwhelming :( ), acmena, brachychiton, syzguim, grevillea and schefflera. They all perform very well here. The book helped me out a lot in spacing, mulching etc. Have fun recreating nature.

Jason

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Mr Cycad

Thanks Gileno.

Jason - no I don't, but I'm familiar with Yuruga Nursery. They've got an awesome setup. I've bought a few trees from them. I mostly collect seeds and grow them myself (Archontophoenix alexandrae, Castanospermum australe, Cerbera floribunda, Normanbya normanbyi etc ), as that's most of the fun for me. Plus, I'm pretty sure it will all regenerate itself in no time (yay, no more grass to mow). You wouldn't believe how fast the mulch breaks down here. Actually getting another 8 tonne truck load on Monday. It never ends...

Cheers, Kurt

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Mr Cycad

This picture was taken a few years ago now. Just one of the many cut-off drains we dug for the overland stormwater. 300mm can fall overnight in the wet season.

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Mr Cycad

Bec with a big Bowenia spectabilis

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Mr Cycad

Winter update.

Still hasn't been below 20 degrees, yet... We haven't had much rain for the last 2 months, although it has been overcast and rainy the previous 3 days.

Melicope elleryana - Pink Euodia

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Normanbya normanbyi - both were planted at the same time from the original batch!

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Mr Cycad

Some ferny shots...

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Dave-Vero

Lantanas. Yuk. I haven't been able to destroy one just across the fence in my nieighbor's yard (in fairness, I can reach it easier than he can). It gets whacked several times a year. I need to try herbicide. We have a couple of nice native species, but the nasty, pestiferous cultivated L. camara hybridizes with the native L. depressa. L. involucrata is safe for planting:

Institute for Regional Conservation

Gosh, we lack big birds. The largest thing around is the wild turkey, a close relative of the sandwich-meat bird.

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Utopia Palms

Some more backyard shots...

Big old female Lepidozamia hopei

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The 'Grove'

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Massive Xanthostemon Chrysanthus with another Lepidozamia hopei

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You have an AMAZING PROPERTY :)

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Mr Cycad

You have an AMAZING PROPERTY :)

Thank you very much indeed.

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Mr Cycad

Some updated photo's from the weekend just gone... Enjoy.

So far this year, it's been quite wet (after the worst dry season ever last year). Hopefully mother nature keeps it up. Should be an awesome growing season!!!

Seed grown Normanbya normanbyi grove

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Archontophoenix alexandrae & another Normanbya normanbyi (can you make out the runt Black Palm under the old leaf on the Alex - these were all planted at the same time).

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Tall tree in the back yard been strangled by some fig.

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Daryl

Nice photos Kurt...I wish we had your climate!

Daryl

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Mr Cycad

More photo's.

Small Lepidozamia hopei.

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Canopy shot inclusive of 3 different native palm species.

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Massive tree fern (Cyanthea rebeccae) popping out of the canopy.

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