Managing and changing an existing garden

When we purchased our garden, Timandra, in 2008, there was already a garden on the upper level of the property. The previous owners had formed this garden out of many different plants that mostly grew from seed, under a considerable tree canopy that was still establishing when we bought the property. Continue reading

Absorbed by garden detail

When I take time out at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), there are two major options. I can walk…and walk…and walk some more, relishing the big picture. The history of the garden and its inviting design. The great variety of plant species. The way the big old trees interact with newer or smaller ones and set off the sloping expanses of deep green lawns. Continue reading

Hydrangea – surprisingly mostly white!

Hydrangeas are a well-known and commonly grown plant, but many people will be surprised at the different varieties that exist and are less well known. Although I will certainly mention the tried-and-true mop tops, I will also try to enlighten you about the other fascinating members of the Hydrangeaceae family, and the fact that most of them flower only white! Continue reading

Review: Collectors’ Plant Fair 2017

MORE!!! MORE!!! MORE!!! OH YES! Collector’s Plant Fair 2017 was splendid. It was bigger and better even than last year. MORE VENDORS = MORE PLANTS = EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD!! I love this event so much. I love arriving early, when all the plant crazies and fellow professional horticulturists come out and rush around looking out for the really unusual stuff. Continue reading

Fig tree foragers

On a warm summer evening, as I was taking some scraps out to the worm farm, a distinctive shimmer on the leaves of my fig tree caught my eye. Honeydew, a tell-tale sign of sap sucking insect attack. The culprit was scale insects, a variety that I know as pink wax scale. Continue reading