Sweet peas at last!

In February I published a post with lots of practical information about growing Sweet Peas. You can see it by clicking on the “Read More” button below, then selecting this link: How to grow Sweet Peas. My garden doesn’t have ideal spots to grow Sweet Peas, but I managed to put in a sneaky garden…

A garden of joys and simple pleasures

The Mudgee Garden Spectacular gave visitors the chance to enjoy the experience of exploring Claire and Greg Toole’s three-acre garden in south Mudgee. Pleasing, simple design gives this garden a sense of space and tranquillity. Understated brick and stone edgings meander along, connecting garden beds and defining broad areas of pebble and wood chip ground…

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…