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We are very lucky to have a stunning, mature garden around our house. More like a park, really – I just keep imagining how a whole playground would fit in the lawn space. I’m planning to put that lawn to good use – I’m going to dig up a large portion of it and make vegetable beds, and also get some chickens to roam around on the lawn I don’t dig up. There are lots of native pademelons that come out at night and poop all over the grass, so I’ll have to net everything. But I reckon we should be able to grow a decent amount of food.

One problem is I have no idea what any of these healthy plants are. I know we have lots of mediterranean cypress, which look lovely and grand as you come up the driveway; pine trees aplenty; lilli pilli hedges; a red camellia. But there are many that I have no clue about – probably fairly common, I’d say. So I’m throwing it open to the internet (or my relatively small pocket of it, anyway). Do you know what any of these plants are?

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1. The bees love this one

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2. This one smells a bit weird. Planted all round the perimeter of the yard.

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3. Love this colour. A tree about 2m high.

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4. Starting to come into (very pretty) bloom – a tree about 2m high

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5. Another tree – thought it just had leaves coming out but then noticed the bobbly things

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6. Lots of thorns – not sure if this is some sort of overgrown berry cane or just…an annoying spiky plant. It’s rambling all over the place and getting mixed up with other plants.

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7. Tree

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8. large bush

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9. Groundcover

So, green thumbs. Any ideas?