Mudgee dazzles in autumn

In the town and the countryside, autumn leaves are bursting forth everywhere. Mudgee’s main street, Church Street, is lined on both sides by Manchurian Pear trees. They’re approaching their full display of vivid shades from crimson to buttery yellow. In private gardens, visionary gardeners have created autumn displays which are enjoyed by all.   The car…

Seasons of change in New England

The New England town of Uralla was buzzing last Saturday with the Seasons of New England Producers, Makers and Creators Expo. The Go Create New England display was amazing. Here’s a small selection of some of the craft works on display there. Vivid hand printed fabrics… Fantastic cards… Irresistible red shoes… Pre-psychedelic Hundertwasser- inspired reverse…

Plants for winter drama (updated)

If you see winter gardens as drab and lifeless, you may need to adjust your thinking (or your garden!). In the still, quiet wintery world, evergreen foliage, bark and seed pods become as interesting as flowers are in spring. The colour palette changes to a more subtle beauty. Winter hardening burnishes the browns, silvers and…

Forget summer, I’m going straight to autumn!

I’m completely “over” this summer. Most of my veggies and herbs are dead, and the rest are barely in survival mode. Many of my flowering shrubs are burned off and spoiled. People all over town are resorting to strange looking structures to try to save their plants. Constructions saving favourite plants from fierce summer heat….

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…

Winter is beautiful!

Here at Mudgee, winter definitely arrived on the first of June. I woke that morning to an icy wonderland, and we’ve had many frosts since then. My roses continued to bloom, through the winter solstice, warming the chilly air with a radiant orange-pink display, their tender petals delicately edged in frost. They’ve met their match…