Landscape Industries Victoria 2014 Awards

Timandra Landscape Design

Timandra Landscape Design

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.

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Three garden angels: a personal mythology

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

How to make a fox-proof chook shed

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 to grow plants in large pots long term

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

Coping with plant name changes (or not)

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