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Wild about Rice

No word from us for weeks but we are still here!  The weather has been fine and sunny and we’ve been very busy with lots of different jobs.

Last week I thought about writing a blog entitled ‘perspectives’ as I pondered the many hours I have recently spent removing a vine called Scindapsus aurea (Devil’s Ivy) from the gully below our rental cottage that Allen is currently renovating.

When I was a student at Burnley Horticultural College in the mid ’70s I learnt to propagate this same vine which we grew carefully in the controlled environment of the greenhouse.  I remember being astounded when I first visited Port Douglas (also during the mid ’70s) and  observed it growing rampantly outside over the ground as well as climbing nearby trees.  I was overawed by the wonders of growth in the tropical environment …… and I still feel the same way although a little daunted when the plant in question is not so desirable.  Continue reading