Phosphorus, essential for good plant growth and sustaining crop yields around the world is a vulnerable and finite resource. And yet there’s no international or even local governance on how it’s used so everyone, from local gardeners to big agri business will one day face phosphorous insecurity. Continue reading
Landscaping Victoria has announced its 2014 Awards. Melbourne’s Docklands project, built by Australian Native Landscape Constructions project won Landscape of the Year. And Timandra Landscape Design – owned by one-time GardenDrum author, Alison Aplin and her husband David has won a well-deserved ‘The Sustainable Landscape‘ award for its Narrawong garden in SW Victoria.
Three species of Angelica – Angelica archangelica, Angelica pachycarpa and Angelica sylvestris ‘Purpurea’ – have woven themselves into my gardens and garden mythology in very different ways.
Angelica is a genus of about 60 species of tall biennial and perennial herbs of the family Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae), native to temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern hemisphere. Angelicas typically grow to 1m – 3m tall (3-10ft), have large bi-pinnate leaves and compound umbels of white or greenish-white flowers. Continue reading
In year 8 at my high school you have to raise an animal or plant, so I decided to raise chickens for my ‘home project’. My family used to have chickens, a long time before I had to do this project. They had a simply designed chook house, where the chickens had to be put away each night. Sure enough, one night we forgot to put the chickens away, and they were thoroughly enjoyed by some foxes. Continue reading
How long does a tomato seed last? About 150 years it seems, even after you’ve eaten it! Archeologists in Illinois have dug up tomato seeds from an old 1850s privy. And some germinated. Continue reading
I came across a bag of lawn fertiliser hiding in my messy garden shed. It was quite small, which perhaps explained why I had missed it when I began feeding my spacious, hungry-looking and partially weed-infested buffalo lawn a few weeks ago, but ran out halfway through. Continue reading
Plant banks win against GMOs – maize varieties bred for drought resistance using saved seed in international plant banks are often years ahead of GMO varieties, the journal Nature has reported. Continue reading
You don’t need to own an acreage to grow large shrubs and fruit trees –a balcony, veranda, patio or along a driveway are all good places for growing plants in pots. Perhaps you have large trees in the garden, and root competition precludes growing in the ground. Perhaps you want to green a paved area, or perhaps – as in my old garden – the only sunny places are alongside the northern wall of the house on the concrete, and everywhere else is just too shady. Continue reading
The LEAF awards for innovative architecture have just been announced in Düsseldorf/Neuss and the Overall Winner is One Central Park in Sydney. Already a much-loved and admired building by locals, the way it incorporates plants into its overall design is a big reason for its popularity. Continue reading
People have long complained about botanical plant names, that they are too hard to say, spell and remember. You all know all these excuses and have probably used them! But this isn’t the reason I am tapping away on my computer as I have long accepted the need for them and have even learnt to use quite a few! It is about the frightening amount of name changes that we are being confronted with. Continue reading