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 all  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 Moon ticks lots of boxes

I’ve finally solved the mystery of the rose, planted by the previous owner of my house, that stands out from the crowd thanks to its divine fragrance. Until today I didn’t know its name. But now I do, thanks to my local gardening facebook group “All things gardening- Mudgee, Kandos and Rylstone”: it’s Blue Moon….

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…

Grand Vision at Oakey Creek

Another great open garden in the 2018 Mudgee Garden Spectacular was at Oakey Creek, on Burrundulla Road near Mudgee. The experience of this splendid garden begins with a stroll down its enchanting poplar-lined driveway, which opens onto a vast area of lawn deeply bordered by perennial shrubs and tall trees. Arriving here, it is good…

Colour-filled garden in a rocky mountain hideaway

A surprisingly vibrant garden sits high on the rocky slope of Mount Knowles, surrounded by the tough eucalypt and cypress forest perfectly adapted to survive Mudgee’s hot, dry climate. Vicki’s and Arthur’s bright, colourful garden on their property, Avlac Hills, is an oasis in a landscape dominated by the subtle greys, greens and browns of…

Natives and exotics beautifully balanced

The Moffatt garden in south Mudgee brilliantly showcases Australian native plants, and exotic shrubs provide an unexpected and effective counterpoint. This was one of the open gardens I visited at the recent Mudgee Garden Spectacular.   The garden began with the inspiration provided by a huge White Gum (Eucalyptus alba). Over many years the owners…

A garden that will steal your heart…

Marjie and Ian Livingstone-Blevins’ beautiful, romantic garden with its gorgeous display of iris, stole the hearts of hundreds of visitors at the 2018 Mudgee Garden Spectacular. The house is partially screened in front by a canopy of trees, creating shady atmospheric places. There are verdant underplantings of tender begonias and impatiens, hydrangeas in large pots,…

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…