A joyful garden

On their 400 acre property “Avlac Hills”, extending from the summit of Mount Knowles, and down its western flank above Melrose Road, Vicki and Arthur’s joyful garden, carved out of raw, rocky terrain, speaks volumes about their passion and flair for gardening. They’ve lived here for ten years- for the first three occupying a large…

A thousand flowers, a unicorn and a lady

The lady and the unicorn tapestries were created in around 1500, as the Medieval world was being transformed by the Renaissance. The six tapestries are a superlative example of the Mille fleur (“thousand flowers”) style. I saw them at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last weekend, where they have been on loan from…

June in my Mudgee garden

I’m pretty pleased with my winter veggies this year. My vegetable garden consists of several raised beds, some of which have hinged canopies covered with fruit fly- excluding mesh- these being the tomato beds. I planted a green manure mixture in the tomato beds- this is something I wrote about in some detail in my…

Mudgee Garden Spectacular- Save the Date!

Clear your calendar for the weekend of 13th and 14th of October this year! You’ll want to be heading to Mudgee for the inaugural Garden Spectacular to be conducted by the Rotary Club of Mudgee. Click here to visit the website You can read my descriptions of 5 of the gardens on the website. I’m…

Bold shaped shrubs- the perfection of geometry

I’ve spent the past year of photographing and writing about interesting and richly varied gardens and plants. It’s been immensely enjoyable and satisfying. But something strange has happened. I’ve recently found myself unexpectedly drawn to the simple beauty of geometrically shaped shrubs and trees- something I’ve never had any interest in before. I keep noticing…

Succulent SOS!

Do you love your succulents? There are 5 simple things you can do to give them the best chance of winter survival. Not all succulents need special help to survive winter. Many of the winter-hardy varieties, such as Sedum, Hen and Chickens (Sempervivum), Ice Plant (Delosperma), Lewisia and Yucca, originate in high mountainous regions, and…

Eye-catching echiums

Picture a forest of outlandish, spiky plants, two or three metres tall, their spires bearing hundreds of tiny flowers, looking more like the creation of a rogue plant geneticist than a suburban gardener. What a way to make a statement in your garden! [Note- All the amazing photos below are from Wikipedia commons, which permits…

Mudgee dazzles in autumn

In the town and the countryside, autumn leaves are bursting forth everywhere. Mudgee’s main street, Church Street, is lined on both sides by Manchurian Pear trees. They’re approaching their full display of vivid shades from crimson to buttery yellow. In private gardens, visionary gardeners have created autumn displays which are enjoyed by all.   The car…

It’s bulb planting time

If you want gorgeous spring-flowering bulbs, you have a few more weeks to prepare your garden. Four months or so from now, your winter-ravaged garden will be bursting with colour and fragrance from freesias, jonquils, ranunculus, hyacinths, gladioli. Maybe even tulips. In the dappled shade of your deciduous trees you will find grape hyacinths, cyclamen,…

In Flanders Fields

The 25th of April (ANZAC Day) commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915, during the First World War. The rituals of ANZAC Day, the day on which all wars in which Australia was involved are remembered,  are inculcated in Australians from their earliest school years. I…

Kandos Gardens Fair: Great Gardens Galore

This week I’m reporting on two more great gardens from the Kandos Gardens Fair, one at Rylstone and one at Kandos. One bursting with bright flowers, the other gracefully composed with the grandeur of mature trees. Both gave me new ideas and were a pleasure to visit. “Ache n Back Acres”- the name will strike…

Kandos Gardens Fair Showcases Great Gardens

The 2018 Kandos Gardens Fair has left me in awe of the gardeners in the Kandos-Rylstone area. What they have created, often in harmony with our unforgiving climate, is magnificent. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my observations and favourite photos of the inspiring gardens which I visited at the Fair last weekend….