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…

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…

A joyful garden

On their 400 acre property “Avlac Hills”, extending from the summit of Mount Knowles, and down its western flank above Melrose Road, Vicki and Arthur’s joyful garden, carved out of raw, rocky terrain, speaks volumes about their passion and flair for gardening. They’ve lived here for ten years- for the first three occupying a large…

Mudgee Garden Spectacular- Save the Date!

Clear your calendar for the weekend of 13th and 14th of October this year! You’ll want to be heading to Mudgee for the inaugural Garden Spectacular to be conducted by the Rotary Club of Mudgee. Click here to visit the website You can read my descriptions of 5 of the gardens on the website. I’m…

How to grow Sweet Peas

Named for their fragrance and pretty pastel colours, Sweet Peas found their way into our gardens (and our hearts) over 300 years ago. Today, there’s a vast range of flower colours available, including deep velvety shades of blue and maroon, crimson-and-white streaked, and ruffled floral forms. They are an excellent cut flower, easy to grow,…