Stage set for garden drama at Shearstone

Shearstone’s house site and garden, carved out of a steep, rocky hillside north of Mudgee, delighted visitors at the 2018 Mudgee Garden Spectacular a few weeks ago. The site presents challenges and opportunities, and owners Karol and Dallas Lawry have made the most of its unique natural resources of rock and stone. The site has…

Sweet peas at last!

In February I published a post with lots of practical information about growing Sweet Peas. You can see it by clicking on the “Read More” button below, then selecting this link: How to grow Sweet Peas. My garden doesn’t have ideal spots to grow Sweet Peas, but I managed to put in a sneaky garden…

A garden of joys and simple pleasures

The Mudgee Garden Spectacular gave visitors the chance to enjoy the experience of exploring Claire and Greg Toole’s three-acre garden in south Mudgee. Pleasing, simple design gives this garden a sense of space and tranquillity. Understated brick and stone edgings meander along, connecting garden beds and defining broad areas of pebble and wood chip ground…

Metal and stone energise a bright spring garden

Of the hundreds of works on display at Rosby for the 2018 Sculptures in the Garden, the metal and stone pieces captured my imagination most of all. On display last weekend, in one of the Mudgee area’s major annual events, here is a selection of my favourites. “Jumpy”, by Edward Wilson, was full of springtime…

Something’s special about succulents

What drives a perfectly respectable grandmother, homing in on a plant in a perfect stranger’s garden, to sneak “just a leaf” and surreptitiously stash it in her handbag? Why must my friend obsessively trawl through garage sale offerings, searching for rusty old pots and pans, old china teacups? Why would a grown woman give individual…