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by Spencer Shaw, June 2017 Recently I went for a walk on a property just out of Maleny to help the landholders plan and assist for ongoing bush regeneration on their property. This is one of those steep blocks cleared of native vegetation early last century, that was at best agricultu
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Going Wild (in your garden)

If the extent of your interest in gardening is the perfect lawn and an immaculately pruned hedge (probably Mock Orange), then this article is probably not for you. That said, I aim for inclusiveness in my approach so bear with me and we’ll see if we can’t find some common ground and i
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The Gift that Keeps on Taking

Some exotic garden plants are just too good to keep yourself and you can’t help but share them around the neighbourhood and bushland…Their flowers are just stunning, they’re not bothered by pests and disease and they’re so tough they pop up all by themselves and look after thems
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Focus on Flora – Cockspur Maclura cochinchinensis

by Spencer Shaw “Why on earth would anyone write about the prickly monster that is the Cockspur Vine” I hear you say “surely it’s not native, is it?” Well actually it is, and not only is it a local native plant, it’s one of those annoying natives who have the audacity to not only surv
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Forest Heart Opening

by Spencer Shaw, October 2015. As the old saying goes “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” This often causes one to pause and say either “of course it does” or the eyes of the listener to wander as this existentialist conundrum confounds and
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Focus on Flora: Superb Syzygium

by Spencer Shaw This particular genus of plants that are lumped into the group of plants known as Lillypilly’s, are widespread in our native rainforests and popular with horticulturalists and gardeners alike. A few years ago some botanists elsewhere in Australia and Internationally me
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Focus on Flora: Rhodomyrtus psidioides – Native Guava

Spencer Shaw In some ways I’m a bit sad writing an article about this particular plant, because as a result of the introduction of Myrtle Rust Puccinia psidii into Australia and its arrival in our area four years ago, the majority of plants I’m familiar with are suffering drastically,
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Human Connectivity at the Expense of Habitat Connectivity or “Can we have our cake and the wildlife gets to eat it too?”

(the following is the transcript of a talk Spencer gave at the Save the Steve Irwin Forest Day 23/01/2015, support this great group and the work they are doing http://iconicforest.wix.com/sunshinecoast  & https://www.facebook.com/groups/1534664276756435/) ” Ok, jokes aside s
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Are You Nuts!

  As I write this I rejoice in the fact that any day now the Bunya tree cones will begin to fall. I don’t rejoice so much that the nuts are falling, but more that they are landing and then available for harvest!  You certainly don’t want to be under them when they are falling or
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The Much Misunderstood and Mistakenly Maligned Mistletoes

By Spencer Shaw, Brush Turkey Enterprises Mention mistletoe to some folk and they will cross themselves, produce wooden stakes, silver bullets, cloves of garlic and sprinkle holy water about liberally. The thought of a plant drawing on the bodily fluids of another plant for its surviv
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