Mudgee Garden Spectacular 2019- Save the Date!

Clear your calendar for the weekend of 19th and 20th of October this year and head to Mudgee for the 2019 Garden Spectacular to be conducted by the Rotary Club of Mudgee. I’ve seen the 6 gardens selected for this year’s event- they’re varied, interesting and all amazing! For a first peek at them you…

Rylstone Show- a vibrant harvest celebration

Country towns large and small, all over Australia, celebrate nature’s bounty and skilful husbandry as summer draws to a close, continuing an ancient tradition which connects societies around the globe. Gardeners young and old exhibit home grown produce, flowers, arts, crafts and cooking, hoping to win a blue ribbon. People throng and linger around long…

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…

Christmas in the Australian garden

Are there particular plants in your garden, or in the bush, which remind you of Christmas? Or maybe it’s the birds and insects that bring back childhood memories of the festive season. The iconic sights, sounds and smells that tell us that it’s high summer in Australia, and holidays are on the way. The enduring symbols Christmas…

Hot debate in the garden

There’s a controversy which can stoke passionate debate in gardening circles all over Australia. It’s been on the agenda for over 50 years, and it still has the power to generate heated letters to the editor in gardening magazines. Here’s a clue. A stunning Australian native plant, Banksia ericifolia (banksia), and an equally stunning exotic, climbing rose. In the 1960’s, a…