Accidents do happen: show garden hazards

“I could have done that, easy peasey”
“Oh! I don’t really like red”….or my absolute personal favourite:
“I don’t get it?”
“There’s not much to get, just read the explanation board right in front of you….”
(No, I didn’t really say that to him, but I may have been tempted to)
“Accidents do happen!”

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Autumnal pink – alternate palette

Orange, vermilion, scarlet, burgundy, and yellow – they’re the colors we usually associate with the fall garden palette. We rarely think about pink. As I walked within my garden this morning less than twelve hours from the Fall Equinox, I realized the predominant flower color is pink. And I love it! Better yet, these flowering plants may well continue into late October. Continue reading

Our journey, from rehab to ‘Giving Garden’

Serious gardening started for us as rehabilitation after our eldest son became a paraplegic as a result of a motor bike accident in Switzerland. This then changed over the years to become an all encompassing passion. Our one-acre Birkdale property is themed as a ‘giving garden’ where tropical fruit trees and vegetables thrive and supply the household with a constant supply of food. Continue reading

How to grow (and preserve) capers

Capers are those little green ‘berries’ that you can buy either packed in salt or pickled in jars. Their sharp and distinctive, piquant flavour is an essential ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes. Spaghetti alla puttenesca is chockers with capers, or you could try caper butter on crusty bread, or capers as a stuffing for fish…yum! But did you know that they’re not actually a berry or even a fruit at all, but the unopened flower bud of the caper bush? Continue reading

How to plant yourself a coral reef garden

In the 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney we had the opportunity to experiment with trying something different in our garden. We wanted to use plants to create a sense of a different environment – one not normally associated with plant-filled gardens. The result was a ‘coral reef’ garden, created using a wide variety of cacti and succulents for colour and texture. Continue reading