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…

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…

Ready, set, roses! A winter garden project

Life’s too short to delay planting a rose garden! Now is the perfect time to lay the groundwork- no excuses! Mudgee has the perfect climate for these tough, hardy botanical superstars. Here, anyone can have a display of colourful, fragrant blooms come spring-time.     This glorious rose in my garden blooms profusely from spring…

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…

How to grow roses: advice from a very relaxed expert

Tanya Scott is very relaxed. It’s a baking February afternoon, at the end of a nightmare summer. It’s the kind of day on which most gardeners would become hysterical if a stranger with a camera asked to have a look around. Tanya, however, welcomes me, and gives me a guided tour before letting me loose…

A garden with heart and soul

An Australian who led the way for women in broadcasting in America, and her American husband, who reported several major historic events of the twentieth century, have spent the last 17 years living in Mudgee and creating their dream garden. In 2001, with family bonds tugging at their heartstrings, Susan Bray and Ed DeLong left their home in Philadelphia and…

Mudgee in the Spring- fragrantissima bellissima!

Mudgee may be famous for its wine and honey, but for me, nothing beats its spectacular gardens. And if your dream garden involves sweet perfumes in the air, you should consider some of the of drought- and frost-tolerant plant types that, right now, are turning on the magic out here in the Central West. Roses…

My Big Gardening Weekend

There was a lot happening in my dream garden last (long) weekend. Soil chemistry, pest control, plant rescue, seed selection for my next project, and photographing the hardy survivors of our extreme Winter and my neglect. On top of that, confirmation that hard work I put in last Spring, has paid off. Some tried and true favourites- diosma, salvia, bromeliads-…

Winter is beautiful!

Here at Mudgee, winter definitely arrived on the first of June. I woke that morning to an icy wonderland, and we’ve had many frosts since then. My roses continued to bloom, through the winter solstice, warming the chilly air with a radiant orange-pink display, their tender petals delicately edged in frost. They’ve met their match…