Thank you, Constance

Do you love lavish floral arrangements bursting with colour and natural vitality? If you do, then you must thank Constance Spry. Constance Spry was a hugely influential British floral designer in the 1920’s to 1950’s. She made her reputation by putting wild flowers and twigs from hedgerows into the windows of a Bond Street jeweller’s….

12 Top Tips for productive veggie gardens

Plant catalogues! They have magical powers that force me to get my credit card out and order enough seed varieties to plant out my yard and all the neighbours’ as well! Sadly though, remorse usually arrives a few months later as I survey my underwhelming results, having overcommitted and failed to plan for the best…

Pumpkins in the infinity room

Yayoi Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist famous for her installations and sculptures featuring repetitive dots, pumpkins, and mirrors. Born in 1929, Yayoi Kusama studied painting in Kyoto before moving to New York in 1958. She knew no one, and faced sexism, racism, and lack of recognition, despite creating some of the most pioneering artworks…

Rug up, get out there, no excuses!

Even if the plants don’t need too much watering, the bird baths regularly need filling in our dry winter climate. So my plan of action is, rug up, get out there, no excuses! There are plenty of sweet sights and surprises to be found, even in the coldest months of the year, and I’ve included…

Autumn charms in Mudgee’s parks and gardens

Mudgee’s public parks and gardens play a huge role in giving the town its character and attractiveness. They provide recreation, beautification, inspiration and information, thanks to our local Council’s gardening team. There are two main parks close to the town centre- Lawson Park, which runs along the banks of the Cudgegong River, and Robertson Park…

Grey days are beautiful too

The poignant beauty of the last of the season’s roses captured my heart this morning as I walked out into the misty rain. Some roses last longer than others as winter sets in, ageing gracefully through cold and frost. Their stems grow long as they seek out the receding sunlight. Their fragrant blooms bow their…

Small gardens enliven streets old and new

A Sunday morning walk through the back streets from Tighes Hill to Newcastle Harbour proved to be a shot in the arm for this slightly jaded blogger. As infatuated as I am with gardening west of the Great Dividing Range, the small inner-suburban and harbourside gardens of my old home town, Newcastle, hit me for…

Wild greens harvest on the Goulburn

Last week I went on a camping trip to the Goulburn River, about 60km from Mudgee, with friends from the north coast who were passing through on their way south. This river, with its broad bed of white quartz sand and rounded basalt cobbles, and crystal clear, shallow water, flows through the pagoda formations of…

The land of lovely poplars

Between the Great Dividing Range in western NSW, and the Tasman Sea to the east, is the land of beautiful poplars. These aren’t native to Australia, but have naturalised, and in autumn are a delightful sight as one travels the highways and regional roads. They generally grow close to watercourses where they form clumps and…

Mudgee Garden Spectacular 2019- Save the Date!

Clear your calendar for the weekend of 19th and 20th of October this year and head to Mudgee for the 2019 Garden Spectacular to be conducted by the Rotary Club of Mudgee. I’ve seen the 6 gardens selected for this year’s event- they’re varied, interesting and all amazing! For a first peek at them you…