A free-spirited garden

In rugged country outside Mullumbimby in northern NSW, is a garden that I’ve been regularly visiting for the last 25 years. Margaret and Con live here surrounded by rainforest. Cascading creeks and waterfalls rush down the mountainside, all around their property. What I love about Margaret and Con’s garden is that it’s almost not a…

Meadow in the metropolis

A vast and gorgeous meadow of summer flowers has sprung up in the Sydney CBD! It’s in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The meadow was full of people. Small children were running along the winding pathways with bright, colourful zinnias, cosmos and marigolds, towering overhead. Others found their own beauty complemented by the lovely scene. Insects…

Gulgong Telegraph Station- history, luxury and roses

In 1872 the telegraph line, providing state of the art communication, linked Gulgong (in central western New South Wales) to the outside world. Gulgong was thriving, with massive gold production- in August 1871 the Gulgong Guardian reported that 10,000 ounces of gold (that’s worth about 17 million dollars at today’s gold price) had been sent…

Jewels of the north

The north coast is bursting with life, and the plants seem to be jumping out of the ground and racing to grow as fast as they can.