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…

Turn left at the calendulas

If you’re planning a visit to Mudgee, don’t expect traffic lights. On Church and Market Streets the silver buds on the Manchurian Pears slowly swell allĀ  through the winter months. In August they will explode with beautiful white blossoms. The small garden at the War Memorial clock tower is planted every year with purple pansies….

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…