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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published June 27th 2015
Walking on the wild side with natives
I unashamedly put my hand up and admit to suffering from S.A.D, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. I'm not alone. Research shows that one in three hundred Australians are affected by SAD, and generally over the winter months.

Having worked five days in a row, waking up in the dark, and arriving home in the dark, has not made for a fun week.

So what did I do today to blow those winter cobwebs away? I visited a local nursery to smell the roses, of course. Well, to smell the natives really.

Nielsen's Native Nursery, at 49-51 Beenleigh - Redland Bay Road, Loganholme, is a delight at any time of the year. Specialising in Australian Native shrubs and trees, I always find walking through these grounds revitalising.

The nursery grounds
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Even though I'm not in the market for plants, and cannot provide the name of a single plant in its Latin form, walking amongst greenery is always a pleasant experience.

Nielsen's Native Nursery, as the name suggests, specialises in Banksias, Grevillieas, and Melaleucas, though they do showcase a wide variety of specimens

The plants are divided into easy-to-distinguish sections including shrubs which attract wild life, ground covers, fruit trees, rainforest plants, and water plants.

view of the nursery
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This nursery is one that it is pleasurable to take your time to investigate: the terrain is flat, and there are hidden gems amongst the plants. There are caged pet lorikeets, as well as a Corella, and a Galah on the property, but watch your fingers!

There are also many ornaments propped in trees, such as moulded possums, to raise a smile. This is a bad thing as I tend to collect possums and my daughters at one stage organised an intervention so that I would curtail collecting habits.

As a nursery, Nielsen's have all the usual gardening paraphenalia with which I am totally unfamiliar. Pots, fertilisers, weed killers and landscaping supplies.

I personally prefer the gift area which includes bird feeders , garden mobiles, and....possum boxes.....but moving right along......

Lorikeets Coffee Shop is situated around the main pond area within the nursery grounds and is surrounded by running waterfalls.

view from cafe
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Now as a pick-me-up a hearty breakfast in the fresh air works for me. The cafe also features cakes and light meals throughout the day, and is popular with family groups, retirement villages, and of course, local gardening clubs.

morning tea
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Breakfast on weekends commences at 8am, and on weekdays, at 8:30am Monday to Friday.

Did I say I wasn't in the market for plants ? As usual I came away with plants for my hanging baskets and an elkhorn for a tree in the front garden.

It's amazing how a walk in the sunshine can make a girl feel so much better.
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Phone: 07 3806 1414
Where: 51 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme QLD 4129
Cost: Free though money for a coffee and shopping recommended
Your Comment
Sounds great. Going to do it this weekend.
My wife will love it!!
by Bruce (score: 0|2) 1917 days ago
Just advising of a small typo in Nielson's Native nursery article by May. Just missing an e in nursery. The correct address is: Great Article, Dennis.
by Dennis from Holland Park (score: 1|10) 996 days ago
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