Tasty Rock Samphire- right at home in Mudgee

Rock samphire is an attractive, unusual and hardy border plant. The leaves can be eaten raw as a tangy addition to salads, or used in a variety of interesting recipes. Originating on rocky sea cliff faces on the coasts of Britain and Mediterranean countries, and in Europe, North Africa and the Black Sea, it’s also…

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…

Eye-catching echiums

Picture a forest of outlandish, spiky plants, two or three metres tall, their spires bearing hundreds of tiny flowers, looking more like the creation of a rogue plant geneticist than a suburban gardener. What a way to make a statement in your garden! [Note- All the amazing photos below are from Wikipedia commons, which permits…

Time to take succulents seriously!

Talk about stress in the garden! I’m battling to keep my precious plants alive through another vicious summer, watering day and night and worrying about the water bills! I sowed seeds in late Spring- basil, coriander, marigolds, amaranth, cauliflower, borage- thinking my watering system would sustain them. Wrong! They sprouted, then either simply disappeared on…