Last of the summer’s tasty wild greens

Three kinds of tasty, nutritious leafy green vegetables have survived in my Mudgee garden despite the harshest summer ever. They’re all “wild” greens- chicory and sorrel, which also grow on local roadsides and river banks, and Warrigal Greens, an Australian native plant which grows on sand dunes close to coastal rivers and beaches. With winter…

Finding ways to smile

Autumn means gorgeous roses in Mudgee. After some nice rain in the last month my garden has sprung back to life with brilliant roses and some unexpected surprises. Rose “Mardi Gras” is a stand-out for repeat flowering , longevity of blooms and lovely colour changes as the blooms age, from vibrant orange/yellow to soft pinks…

Tasty Rock Samphire- right at home in Mudgee

Rock samphire is an attractive, unusual and hardy border plant. The leaves can be eaten raw as a tangy addition to salads, or used in a variety of interesting recipes. Originating on rocky sea cliff faces on the coasts of Britain and Mediterranean countries, and in Europe, North Africa and the Black Sea, it’s also…

Garden, signed by the artist

Earth inspires Mudgee ceramicist Virginia Moffatt. Clay is the medium for her artistic expression, and nurturing of the soil underpins the success of her wonderful Australian native garden. Australian native plants are beautifully balanced with a limited, harmonious selection of exotics. The diversity of plant types creates a bushland-like effect in Virginia’s town garden. A…

Creative Arts Exhibition & Sale in Mudgee

Six creative Mudgee women have teamed up to mount a vibrant exhibition and sale of paintings, ceramics and millinery at The Stables Gallery. The exhibition runs until Sunday 3rd of November. High quality, interesting, affordable art works are on sale. Sunflowers (L) and Still Life (Top Right) by Louise Windeyer, “Jan’s House” (Bottom Right) by…

Powerful exhibition by Mudgee region ceramic artists

“Drought and Back”, an exhibition by Mudgee region ceramic artists Country Clay Makers, is on show at the Stables Gallery in Market Street Mudgee. Helen Swords- Planters and vase with grevillea decoration Tomorrow is the last day and it’s not to be missed. The Moon Holds Water by Pamela Welsh- with plant impression designs Many…

A flower painting workshop in Mudgee

At Jenny Macnaughton’s painting workshop “Express yourself with flowers” you’ll learn the skills you need to paint flowers in the medium of your choice. Irrepressible Jenny’s energy and dedication will inspire you. You’ll learn, have fun and enjoy the creative spirit of your fellow students. To see more about the workshop, and read more about…

Lake Isle of Innisfree

The Lake Isle of Innisfree W. B. Yeats – 1865-1939 I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee; And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace…

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…