Rug up, get out there, no excuses!

Even if the plants don’t need too much watering, the bird baths regularly need filling in our dry winter climate. So my plan of action is, rug up, get out there, no excuses! There are plenty of sweet sights and surprises to be found, even in the coldest months of the year, and I’ve included…

Autumn charms in Mudgee’s parks and gardens

Mudgee’s public parks and gardens play a huge role in giving the town its character and attractiveness. They provide recreation, beautification, inspiration and information, thanks to our local Council’s gardening team. There are two main parks close to the town centre- Lawson Park, which runs along the banks of the Cudgegong River, and Robertson Park…

Grey days are beautiful too

The poignant beauty of the last of the season’s roses captured my heart this morning as I walked out into the misty rain. Some roses last longer than others as winter sets in, ageing gracefully through cold and frost. Their stems grow long as they seek out the receding sunlight. Their fragrant blooms bow their…

Small gardens enliven streets old and new

A Sunday morning walk through the back streets from Tighes Hill to Newcastle Harbour proved to be a shot in the arm for this slightly jaded blogger. As infatuated as I am with gardening west of the Great Dividing Range, the small inner-suburban and harbourside gardens of my old home town, Newcastle, hit me for…

Wild greens harvest on the Goulburn

Last week I went on a camping trip to the Goulburn River, about 60km from Mudgee, with friends from the north coast who were passing through on their way south. This river, with its broad bed of white quartz sand and rounded basalt cobbles, and crystal clear, shallow water, flows through the pagoda formations of…

The land of lovely poplars

Between the Great Dividing Range in western NSW, and the Tasman Sea to the east, is the land of beautiful poplars. These aren’t native to Australia, but have naturalised, and in autumn are a delightful sight as one travels the highways and regional roads. They generally grow close to watercourses where they form clumps and…

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…

Thanks for the rain!

March was beautiful with a blessed 140mm of rainfall in Mudgee. Temperatures remain fairly warm and my garden has shown its gratitude in April. Some summer-flowering plants are staging a last hurrah, even as the elm leaves are turning yellow and the usual autumn flowerings begin. Following my last blog post, my gorgeous single white…

Mademoiselle and the white camellia

The legendary French fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, born in 1883, open her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume, and later, the “Chanel suit” and the “little black dress”. Almost 50 years since her death, Chanel remains a style immortal, known for simple, sophisticated outfits, paired with great accessories. …

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…