Farewell to an artist gardener

Who showed you the magic of gardens? Did someone encourage you to bury your nose in a rose and deeply inhale its fragrance, to taste droplets of nectar oozing from a spike of Grevillea flowers? To set the purple and red blossoms of a Fuchsia magellanica dancing like tiny ballerinas? To gently brush, with small fingertips, the furry sepals of an Iceland poppy bud about…

Good soil- who needs it?

Do you love brilliant wildflowers? Right now, you’ll find them thriving in the sandy, nutrient-poor soils derived from the Hawkesbury Sandstone, the bedrock on which Sydney is built. It’s the infertility of the soil that’s responsible for striking and unique plant forms which are quintessentially Australian. Thousands of visitors flock to the National Parks north…

Let there be flowers, and fragrance!

When Spring arrives, my heart leaps. Suddenly I’m aware of bees, and perfume in the air. Blossom trees are everywhere- an avenue of white-flowered Manchurian pears on Church Street; pink prunus scattered all over town. But whilst all this is happening, one of mother nature’s megastars is putting on a stunning show of its own, in gardens all over Mudgee….