Turn left at the calendulas

If you’re planning a visit to Mudgee, don’t expect traffic lights. On Church and Market Streets the silver buds on the Manchurian Pears slowly swell allĀ  through the winter months. In August they will explode with beautiful white blossoms. The small garden at the War Memorial clock tower is planted every year with purple pansies….

Blue Moon ticks lots of boxes

I’ve finally solved the mystery of the rose, planted by the previous owner of my house, that stands out from the crowd thanks to its divine fragrance. Until today I didn’t know its name. But now I do, thanks to my local gardening facebook group “All things gardening- Mudgee, Kandos and Rylstone”: it’s Blue Moon….

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…