GardenDrum 5000 visits

GardenDrum breaks through 5000 visits per month! Thanks to our fabulous bloggers & those who like their gardening info a little on the brainy side

Building the Living Beehive

This was one of my most challenging projects to date, Why? Well, Because it hasn’t been done yet. My brief was: create a garden that would be politically acceptable to all parties (and we all know politicians…), represent Kwazulu Natal (a province in South Africa), represent the local endemic flora of Durban, the people and the connection between nature and engineering. Continue reading

DIY Vertical garden

This is a bit of a cheat post, as it’s a repeat from another blog but it’s such a great project I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. For those of you who don’t know what ‘landscaping paper’ is, it’s the same as geotextile fabric. For the plants I’d be choosing waterwise plants like succulents in a bright, sunny location, or tougher ferns (like Blechnum and Doodia) and small bromeliads in the shade. Continue reading

Wombarra Sculpture Garden

Placing sculpture in a garden needs skill. It’s not just a matter of choosing an open space and putting it in the middle. Well known sculptor Gaby Porter has developed her informal garden on the NSW Illawarra coast to showcase a wide range of sculpture and artworks. Sheltered by tall trees or nestled amid grasses and groundcovers, the garden works with the sculpture to highlight its beauty. Continue reading

Taiwan cherry

Prunus campanulata, or Taiwan cherry, is a beautiful small spreading tree, flowering in the depths of July in Sydney

Worm farms & adding layers

Recently I’ve used a dilute mixture of worm tea to green up some yellow looking Slipper Orchids. In fact, some gardeners refer to the liquid you get from worm farms as worm tea or black gold. Magic. But sometimes getting a worm farm going can be problematic. Continue reading

Paper hole

1) Dig a planting hole for new Strelitzia 2) Check drainage by filling hole 3) Wait for morning paper to arrive