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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:11 pm

We cannot sustain moss growth here in south east Queensland , however the POR's head horticulturist (MAM) discovered 'Pratia - white star creeper'. Kept moist is spreads nicely as a ground cover and keeps bubbling out cute little white flowers. In dry times it seemed to sulk but hangs in. With daily watering from the rain water tanks and the occasional dose of the worm juice water it spreads along in a nice manner. It is a 2 hour round trip to the only nursery known to have these little fellas, so Plod dived into the ethernet and ordered 10 more tube stock on line and they arrived in good nick 3 days later and these are doing well. Plod had never had plants delivered before and he was most pleased with how it went.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by GAP » Thu Jan 19, 2023 3:56 am

Hydrostatic Dazza wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:11 pm
We cannot sustain moss growth here in south east Queensland , however the POR's head horticulturist (MAM) discovered 'Pratia - white star creeper'. Kept moist is spreads nicely as a ground cover and keeps bubbling out cute little white flowers. In dry times it seemed to sulk but hangs in. With daily watering from the rain water tanks and the occasional dose of the worm juice water it spreads along in a nice manner. It is a 2 hour round trip to the only nursery known to have these little fellas, so Plod dived into the ethernet and ordered 10 more tube stock on line and they arrived in good nick 3 days later and these are doing well. Plod had never had plants delivered before and he was most pleased with how it went.

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Thu Jan 19, 2023 6:47 am

GAP wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 3:56 am
Hydrostatic Dazza wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:11 pm
We cannot sustain moss growth here in south east Queensland , however the POR's head horticulturist (MAM) discovered 'Pratia - white star creeper'. Kept moist is spreads nicely as a ground cover and keeps bubbling out cute little white flowers. In dry times it seemed to sulk but hangs in. With daily watering from the rain water tanks and the occasional dose of the worm juice water it spreads along in a nice manner. It is a 2 hour round trip to the only nursery known to have these little fellas, so Plod dived into the ethernet and ordered 10 more tube stock on line and they arrived in good nick 3 days later and these are doing well. Plod had never had plants delivered before and he was most pleased with how it went.

Where did you order them from?
Captain Plod googled and found this mob

https://www.australianplantsonline.com.au

Ordered on Thursday, delivered the following Monday.
They were buried late afternoon Monday 8)
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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by FWLR » Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:30 am

They look far prettier than our myob.... :thumbright:
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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Andrew » Thu Jan 19, 2023 9:04 am

FWLR wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:30 am
They look far prettier than our myob.... :thumbright:
Especially after the frost's killed it off until Spring!

Looks like White Star Creeper grows in the UK too:

"A ground-hugging perennial to 1.5cm, forming a mat of tiny, rounded leaves. Throughout summer it produces a mass of star-shaped white flowers to 7mm across. Spreads rapidly. Grow in fertile, loamy, reliably moist soil in full sun to partial shade. No pruning required."

I imagine the trick is to balance the requirement for "reliably moist soil" with its seemingly only tolerating partial shade, but I might buy some and experiment. Thanks Dazza!

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Post by philipy » Thu Jan 19, 2023 11:16 am

Andrew,
I think we had/have some of this. SWMBO has something certainly very similar in a partly shaded planter filled with compost and it does well there. I did take a cutting for the railway a couple of years back but I put it in a totally shaded area on clay and forgot about it. I just went out to take a look and there may be alittle bit still there but, covered in frost as it is this morning, I can't be sure it's the same stuff.
Anyway, I'd say it is worth a try but do take heed of the planting instructions!

Edite to add that now the frost has melted in that oart of the grden I've had another look and I'm pretty sure it is the same leaf. Interestingly, it seems to have migrated sideways from where I think I put it originally and is now working its way into the limestone chippings of the path.

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Jan 21, 2023 8:23 pm

Awaiting to whistle off shed for an afternoon mixed goods.

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Shunt and await time.

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Leaving Cabbage Tree Creek Station on our way to the main line.

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Entering onto the mainline.

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On our way to nowhere

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Local dragons do like a bit of train spotting at the Potters Orchid Railway.

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Jan 21, 2023 8:30 pm

Not there yet

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Quarry tipper shuttle was out and about. One day the POR will paint the loco. Who knows, it could be this year.

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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by Peter Butler » Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:29 pm

Lovely pictures Dazza, I particularly like the dry-stone embankment, very impressive!
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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by BertieB » Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:29 pm

Wow! Wonderful.

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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Jan 21, 2023 11:52 pm

Peter Butler wrote:
Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:29 pm
Lovely pictures Dazza, I particularly like the dry-stone embankment, very impressive!
Laid in place chip by chip and liquid nails to fix in place. A relaxing job listening to test cricket.
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Post by Hydrostatic Dazza » Sat Jan 21, 2023 11:55 pm

BertieB wrote:
Sat Jan 21, 2023 10:29 pm
Wow! Wonderful.
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Re: The Potters Orchid Railway

Post by FWLR » Sun Jan 22, 2023 7:33 am

Fantastic photos Dazza. MAM's loco looks superb in all of her finery. Your's is impressive too.

See the Dragon is back. He looks impressive too..

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