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…

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…

Encounter the bizarre

Keep your children close, if you dare to visit the cactus and succulent garden at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. After exploring familiar territory (the impressive displays of Australian native and exotic plants), crossing the threshold into this garden, feels like stumbling onto the surface of a somewhat scary planet. Grotesque life forms, and danger, are lurking everywhere. My visual sense is…

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…