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…

A garden with heart and soul- revisited

I’m re-posting this story, first published almost a year ago, in celebration of a beautiful Mudgee garden and its inspired creators, who have their own fascinating stories to tell. Read on, and enjoy! *** An Australian who led the way for women in broadcasting in America, and her American husband, who reported several major historic…

Desert Drama at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

The Australian Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne Victoria, turned my ideas of native gardens upside down, with its dazzling evocation of the Australian landscape and plants. Its 360 hectares include heathlands, wetlands and woodlands, providing habitat for native birds, mammals and reptiles, including rare and endangered species. I visited one winter afternoon,…

Much to enjoy in winter at Cloudehill

Cloudehill Garden is located in one of the world’s most outstanding places to garden, the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. The natural attributes of this region are exceptional. Set at an altitude of 580 metres, Cloudehill has deep volcanic loam soil and 1.25 metres of rainfall per annum. Rain falls most of the year, and there…

In the night garden- Bathurst Winter Festival

The Bathurst Winter Festival takes place every year during the July school holidays. One very chilly night a couple of weeks ago, I jumped right in to the experience, which is all about bringing light and joy to counterpoint the darkness and chill of winter. The epicentre of the event was at McHattie Park, where…

Waiting

Like this flock of pied currawongs (Strepera graculina) photographed in my street a few days ago, I’m enjoying the early morning winter sun while I wait and watch for signs of new life to creep into my garden. The currawongs have quite possibly come down from the high country to spend winter in Mudgee. While…

Blue sky and ice crystals- Mudgee in winter

On the central ranges of New South Wales you can choose your favourite from two types of winter morning: the ones like today, dawning crystal clear, a bright blue sky appearing as the sunrise colours fade, or still, and shrouded in mist, with the promise of bright blue sky to come once the mist burns…

Ready, set, roses! A winter garden project

Life’s too short to delay planting a rose garden! Now is the perfect time to lay the groundwork- no excuses! Mudgee has the perfect climate for these tough, hardy botanical superstars. Here, anyone can have a display of colourful, fragrant blooms come spring-time.     This glorious rose in my garden blooms profusely from spring…

A joyful garden

On their 400 acre property “Avlac Hills”, extending from the summit of Mount Knowles, and down its western flank above Melrose Road, Vicki and Arthur’s joyful garden, carved out of raw, rocky terrain, speaks volumes about their passion and flair for gardening. They’ve lived here for ten years- for the first three occupying a large…