Forget summer, I’m going straight to autumn!

I’m completely “over” this summer. Most of my veggies and herbs are dead, and the rest are barely in survival mode. Many of my flowering shrubs are burned off and spoiled. People all over town are resorting to strange looking structures to try to save their plants. Constructions saving favourite plants from fierce summer heat….

Each tree tells a story

Step inside this old general store and you’re in ancient China. Known locally as the “Chinese Bonsai shop”, it’s the Lingnan Penjing Academy of Australia, an unexpected find in the heart of the quiet, historic village of Lue, 25km east of Mudgee, in central western NSW. Lingnan Penjing Academy, Lue, NSW Here, Philippe Tot, proprietor and…

Time to take succulents seriously!

Talk about stress in the garden! I’m battling to keep my precious plants alive through another vicious summer, watering day and night and worrying about the water bills! I sowed seeds in late Spring- basil, coriander, marigolds, amaranth, cauliflower, borage- thinking my watering system would sustain them. Wrong! They sprouted, then either simply disappeared on…

Secret Gardens

There’s a secret garden open to all at Lavender Bay on Sydney harbour. You could walk within fifty metres of it, and not know it was there. You must visit it. You will love it. Like every secret garden, it has a fascinating story, waiting to be discovered. It’s not my first secret garden. Bushwalking…