The Black Bean Tree

Since I posted a bit about Black Beans and their pods, a few people have asked about this wonderful Australian tree.

Black Bean Castanospermum Australe is a walnut-like hardwood timber. It is a timber that ranks among the most hard-wearing with uses in furniture and in general wood turned products, walking sticks, bowls etc

The Black Bean Tree is mainly a rainforest species and where I am is on the southern most limit where the tree could be found. The tree can grow from around eight meters to twenty meters. In some rainforest conditions it has been found to be almost forty meters in height.

The one in my garden will probably get to around ten to fifteen meters.
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This year was good year for the pods. So many scattered around the ground. Luckily I don’t have livestock as the beans can be poisonous to stock.black bean story_pods_ground_named_home_august 2018

The large leaves hang from single stems. As it is very dry at the moment, the leaves are hanging down a bit more than normal.
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Here is an assortment of pods and beans. the pods can have between two and four beans.
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The pods fell from the tree a few months ago, so they are a bit weathered and twisted. I found one that hadn’t opened.
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The inside of the pods look quite comfy for a bean to sit and wait to ripen.
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In the post about the Black Bean pods I did under estimate their size. This was the biggest pod I could find that wasn’t damaged. Imagine this pod dropping from the tree. On the street Black Bean Trees in town is a warning that pods can drop so don’t park under them when it’s pod dropping season.
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This bean weighed in at 39grams. I tried to look for a bigger one that wasn’r squashed. Most beans are around this size.
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A large four bean pod weighs in at 123 grams.
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Black Bean pods hanging from a tree
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The flowers grow directly from the branch. So lovely in their yellow and orange/red hues
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Thank you to those who asked for a bit more information about the Black Bean Tree that is in my garden.

Black Beans

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Row

Black Bean Trees, Castanospermum australe, are growing on my place. The seed pods can measure up to 100mm in length. Most have three to five beans to a pod. Yes beans in a row.

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Some pods have just a couple. The Black Beans are quite big weighing around 30 grams.
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The leaves and beans are toxic to animals and humans in the raw state. It is great to make tiny canoes from the pods and race them down the river.
Some flowers of the Black Bean Tree. Flowers in a row.
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This is November: The Flowers

The final installment of This is November. The flowers that appear in November are fabulous. The small native flowers shoot out of the ground for a short time. The garden is resplendent with most of the flowering shrubs a hive of activity as you saw in This is November: The Insects. Enjoy the flowers of November.

You saw the Jacaranda flowers in the This is October: Part Three Did you know that the Jacaranda flower is not only purple but white as well?
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Some flowers are just made to be photographed.
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A close-up shot of the Blue Salvia which the Lewins Honeyeater was feeding on in This is November: The Birds
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A few drops of water and an early morning sun make for wonderful flower photography
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The second flowering for some of the Grevilleas
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The cactus had so many buds and flowers this year.
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When the rain comes, the Crocus add splashes of colour throughout the garden.
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One of the Day Lilys I was given by my mate Geoff. There is always a Stingless Bee flying around somewhere.
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This orchid was at my besties sons place. An amazing cascade of flowers.
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Here is the orchid flower
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The Pandorea were flowering high in the canopy
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My White Hydrangea has a pink hue
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One of the best years for the Silk Tree flowering
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The Roses at my besties are magnificent this year too.
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And the scent is divine
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The little yellow puff balls are everywhere
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I love this Hibiscus which seems to have many names – I like Dancing Ballerina
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The Lomandra growing on the forest floor has many flower spikes
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The new leaves on the Paperbark are fabulous
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The Paperbark was covered in white creamy flowers from top to bottom.
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Growing in the paddock was a tiny yellow flower about 5mm in diameter. Once I saw this one I then noticed all the others.
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The Bottlebrush flowers were their showy best this year. The Pink Bottlebrush flower is the second year it has flowered since planting about 10 years ago.
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This is the red Bottlebrush flower I used as an experimental technique late last month
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many people wanted to know what the bush looked like. Here is the Miniature Bottlebrush about 1.5M tall
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The birds have been fighting over the Black Bean tree flowers
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Have you ever seen a Pineapple flower? Now you have. I had no idea they had flowers like this
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Last year, I found the Hyacinth Orchid growing in the forest at my place. I went looking again this year to where I thought it was but to no avail. Looking around my garden not only did I find one growing but two!
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That’s the last post on This is November. I hoped you like all the posts.

December discoveries

It’s been a while since I have shared some of my discoveries. The last was in Spring so here are the December discoveries. There has been an abundance of flowers since the rain started. Only a few mls here and there with one big storm that put water into the dam. Actually at the moment the sky has darkened and thunder is rumbling so maybe some rain for a Christmas present. Wouldn’t that be nice? Decembers discoveries are a mixed bag of flowers, birds and all sorts of things that have caught my eye. I hope you enjoy this bit of my December.

Lets start with some flowers. I love it when the garden just bursts into bloom after the first summer rain. The Agapanthus look a treat scattered throughout the garden. I have white ones

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and blue Agapanthus.

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The Bauhinia is a bit rambling but when the flowers are out it provides a splash of colour.

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The Dietes border some gardens and are in clumps here and there. Only downside is the are taking over almost weed like.

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The yellow Dietes is a favourite of the Satin Bowerbirds. They harvest the flowers as quick as they appear. This one has a bonus small grasshopper!

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Native flowers are always around. This little yellow flower is about 5mms across.

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The Black Bean flowers come in a range of yellows and oranges and reds.

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The Grevillea flowers are yet to come back. The dry weather certainly decreased the flowers so the Friar birds make do with the Hibiscus flowers, even if you have to be upside-down to get a snack.

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The fig tree had an abundance of fruit this year and the Fig Birds have been hanging around the garden since the start of winter. I love their calls which ring out around my place early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

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The Kookaburra was hiding in the garden waiting for an unsuspecting insect or lizard.

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This year, the Spangled Drongo stayed a bit longer than usual and I found their nest. It is well tied on to the branch.

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One hot day, 40 degrees plus, many of the birds were quite thirsty and hot. I have a number of water points around the garden for the birds. You have seen the new bird bath but this is an old wheelbarrow that get drips off the roof where some birds like to drop in for a bit of a splash and drink. This poor Drongo was very hot.

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He was joined by a Friarbird and they had a bit of a discussion who was allowed to drink here.

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Once the rain started, all around fungi seemed to sprout up anywhere. This little puff-ball was in the middle of a small grassed area.

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Whereas this fungi grew out from the exposed root of a tree.

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I love dragonflies. They are always zooming around the garden, either here or at my besties. This one was high in a tree watching us remove some weeds in the paddock. Their wings are amazing don’t you think?

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This small dragonfly was almost invisible on the ground.

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On a hot day a Green Tree Snake went for a dip in the pool, which is a frog pond now. It had a hard time trying to get out and did panic a bit when we came outside. It found a place to hide in the skimmer box. I put some palm branches around it so the poor little bloke could get out easily.

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On a walk to Killen Falls we came across the Sandpaper figs fruiting. They are rather fuzzy.

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This one comes with a bonus grasshopper too.

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The sunsets have been amazing. Here is a selection of just one sunset.

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This one has a bit of blue as the sun set.

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I love the sunset when it looks like the sky is on fire.

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Well, it’s almost Christmas. I found this nativity scene in a market. It’s made of wood and is from Thailand. I am not particularly religious but I love things that are well made and interesting. The elephant is missing as he is under the Christmas tree.

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My Christmas tree. This years theme is elephants. As you may have guessed, I collect elephants.

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Unless I get inspired to write before the end of the year, have a great 2015 and I’ll “see” you next year.