Persimmon

I’ve seen the most beautiful fruit tree ever- a wonderful old persimmon tree in full fruit, in the garden of a historic property in central western NSW. The persimmon, or Diospyros kaki, is part of the Ebony family. It’s a highly decorative tree, with a spreading to semi-weeping habit. In autumn its foliage is a…

Mountain garden commemorates loss, endurance and humanity

In the heart of the tropical rainforest in the wild, beautiful and treacherous Macpherson Range in south-east Queensland, there is a garden. Its plantings of exotics are subtle and modest, almost hidden among the lush plants of the native jungle. The Green Mountains Garden commemorates tragic and remarkable events that occurred 82 years ago today….

Gulgong Telegraph Station- history, luxury and roses

In 1872 the telegraph line, providing state of the art communication, linked Gulgong (in central western New South Wales) to the outside world. Gulgong was thriving, with massive gold production- in August 1871 the Gulgong Guardian reported that 10,000 ounces of gold (that’s worth about 17 million dollars at today’s gold price) had been sent…