Waiting

Like this flock of pied currawongs (Strepera graculina) photographed in my street a few days ago, I’m enjoying the early morning winter sun while I wait and watch for signs of new life to creep into my garden. The currawongs have quite possibly come down from the high country to spend winter in Mudgee. While…

Blue sky and ice crystals- Mudgee in winter

On the central ranges of New South Wales you can choose your favourite from two types of winter morning: the ones like today, dawning crystal clear, a bright blue sky appearing as the sunrise colours fade, or still, and shrouded in mist, with the promise of bright blue sky to come once the mist burns…

Ready, set, roses! A winter garden project

Life’s too short to delay planting a rose garden! Now is the perfect time to lay the groundwork- no excuses! Mudgee has the perfect climate for these tough, hardy botanical superstars. Here, anyone can have a display of colourful, fragrant blooms come spring-time.     This glorious rose in my garden blooms profusely from spring…

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…