An invincible summer

The National Gallery of Victoria’s cheerful exhibition of crocheted, felted and knitted flowers, mounted on recycled bicycle wheels, reminds stoic Melbournians that, in the depths of winter, spring and all its beauty is just around the corner. The “Winter Garden” exhibition  in Federation Square’s Fracture Gallery art space, features a series of 63 colourful floral…

Peony perfection

The western world first learned about peonies from Marco Polo, who described them as “roses the size of cabbages”. I fell in love with these flowers when I saw them up close for the first time, in my daughter-in-law’s bridal bouquet. I want to grow some in my Mudgee garden. Knowing nothing about peonies, I…

Drought and roses: always on my mind

Where I live (Mudgee, central western New South Wales, Australia), it’s time to plant bare rooted roses. We’re struggling through a 1 in 100 year drought so conditions aren’t ideal. (To read about the drought and how you can help our farmers, have a look at 200 Bales, a grass-roots initiative of some wonderful Mudgee…